WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org

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Stata Center by Architect Frank Gehry

WordPress.com is a hosted blog service. You do not have to download software, pay for hosting or manage a web server. WordPress.com does not permit uploading themes or plugins. WordPress.org is free software. You can install themes and plugins, run ads, and edit the database. Here are the differences.

WordPress.com Benefits
It’s free and much easier to set up
Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc
Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
Your posts are backed up automatically
You get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags
You can find like-minded bloggers using tag and friend surfer
Your login is secure (SSL) so no one can get into your account if you use wi-fi

WordPress.com Cons
We provide 100+ themes (and adding more every day) which you can modify and edit the CSS, but you cannot run a custom theme*
You can’t hack the PHP code behind your blog*
You can’t upload plugins

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