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What’s the Difference Between and

The difference is significant.

In this article, we discuss the difference between and

So, what is WordPress?

Well, WordPress is a publishing platform that makes it easy for anyone to publish online.

WordPress is the top Content Management System on the internet.

According to W3techs, WordPress has 61.8% of the CMS market share.

Plus, 36% of the web, as in, the ENTIRE internet, is built on WordPress. That’s almost half a billion websites. 

With that being said, let’s delve deeper into what people mean when they refer to versus

When internet users mention, they are referring to the self-hosted version of the WordPress software. 

So why do they refer to it as

Well, the software for the self-hosted version of WordPress is available for free online at

Now, unlike WordPress’s self-hosted software, is the fully hosted version of the WordPress platform. 

It’s worth mentioning that there is a free version of the platform and also a few paid options for upgrading. 

In addition to that, there is also the Business Plan.

An Overview of the Differences

Now I’ll review the ideal clients for each of these WordPress products: is the perfect choice for you if you want to focus on creating beautiful content, without worrying about everything else that comes along with managing a website.

Premium hosting, security, and hosting are included with the free version. With paid upgrades you can add a custom domain name and choose from hundreds of themes. You can also upgrade to create a custom design.

The non-business plan allows you to integrate your site with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social networks.

In also includes popular features like sharing, stats, comments, and polls, without plugins.

Personal support and focus are also available. Business Plan

The Business Plan is similar to the non-business options. However, it gives you the best of both worlds: the carefree ease of a managed platform while you focus on your content.

Included in the Business Plan is your custom domain name, premium hosting, security, and backups. This option is as secure as and as versatile as self-hosted.

Unlike the non-business plans, you are able to install your own custom theme with this Business Plan.

You can also install your own plugins, to extend your site’s capabilities, this includes plugins like WooCommerce to create your own online store.

In addition to the support given in the non-business options, the Business Plan includes a personal setup session, live chat, and email support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 360 days a year.

You must register for an account on and abide by their Terms of Service for both the business and non-business solutions.

Finally, we have self-hosting software. The WordPress.orgpathway is ideal for you if you want to get your hands a little dirty, and host your website yourself.

You’ll need to find a host, and perform backups and maintenance yourself. While WordPress offers VaultPress for security and backups, ultimately, the security of your site is your responsibility.

Since officers you maximum flexibility, you are able to install themes and even build your own using PHP and CSS.

To enable sharing capabilities like, you would need to install plugins, like Jetpack—a WordPress product. offers limited support through their support forums.

Unlike the solutions, you are not required to register with

Frequently Asked Questions

So let’s dig a littler deeper and review some common questions and answers that are shared by WordPress, to will help you determine what pathway would be the most ideal option for you.

I need a website, not a blog, should I even use WordPress to get started.

Although WordPress is known as the go-to for a lot of bloggers, you are able to create a website without a blog using the WordPress software. 

Next Question: I need to install a Plugin or Custom Theme

If you purchased a theme from elsewhere, or if you need unique functionality then you would need to utilize the Business Plan or choose the self-hosted option.

Next Question: I need statistics and Google Analytics on my site. stats are built into every website however, if you want to use Google Analytics, then you need to purchase a WordPress.comPremium plan or higher.

Next Question: I want to earn money from my site

WordPress has a WordAds platform that you can apply to for site monetization. However, you will need a custom domain and your site must meet a minimum traffic requirement. 

If you purchase a Premium Plan or higher then you will be automatically enrolled in WordAds.

Google AdSense and other outside advertising are permitted for sites on the Business Plan.

A special note: PayPal buttons can be used on any site and affiliate links CAN be used on sites, provided that they are not the primary purpose of your site.

Next Question: I need FTP or Server Access

SFTP access is currently available for sites on the Business or eCommerce plans. However, WordPress does not have ways to increase PHP limits or make changes to core WordPress files.

They also have alternatives for FTP access on Gamechanger

Something that is noteworthy about solutions versus is that has millions of users and the Reader helps them find you. 

This is a feature that is not included with the self-hosted platform. Due to the solitary nature of the software, all traffic that you get on your site will be traffic that you attract to your site through various marketing strategies.

What WordPress Platform Would You Choose?

So, with all of this information, which one will you choose? or

1 comment
  1. Hey there, Jay here! 👋
    I genuinely believe that the best part of is that it enables you to launch your blog for free. Also, since the interface is so similar to, the learning curve will be almost non-existent when you finally upgrade to your own self-hosted blog.

    It’s certainly worth checking out!
    feel free to leave any questions here.

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