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Wait! There are two versions of WordPress?!!

Yes! WordPress.org and WordPress.com. Both allow you to create websites using the popular WordPress open source software. And while they have the same name, their differences are worth understanding.

Stick with me while I explain…


Let’s start with WordPress.org, often known as “self-hosted” WordPress. It provides you with the open-source software to install on your own web hosting account. You have the freedom to customise your website whichever way you want. You have full control over the design and functionality, thanks to WordPress’ system of themes and plugins.

This option is ideal if you want maximum control and flexibility. You need to have some technical knowledge. And be willing to manage your website yourself, including security, backups, and updates.


WordPress.com is a hosted blogging platform that provides an all-in-one solution. It takes care of hosting, security, backups, and software updates for you. Meaning you don’t have to worry about the technical aspects of running a website. You can sign up for a free account or choose from various paid plans with extra features. All so you can focus on creating your website.

This convenience comes with some limitations. You have a more restricted set of themes and plugins to choose from. You also have limited customisation options compared to WordPress.org.

Which should you choose?

If you are starting out and creating your first website, WordPress.com is ideal. It takes care of the technical aspects for you. It’s suitable for personal blogs, hobby websites, or small businesses that don’t need extensive customisation.

If you want the flexibility to create a custom website, WordPress.org is the way to go. Whilst it requires more technical knowledge and responsibility, it offers endless possibilities. And is a good choice for businesses, professional bloggers and anyone who wants to create a unique website.

Your choice depends on your specific needs, technical skills, and how much you want to manage your website. WordPress.org gives you complete control and customisation. WordPress.com offers a hassle-free experience without the technical responsibility.

If you would like some help choosing which version of WordPress to use, why not book a discovery call to discuss your options. Or feel free to email me at hello@wisegenius.co.uk

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