It’s important to understand the difference between the two WordPress sites, as many people think they are one and the same. WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that is used to build and manage websites all over the world. You can use the CMS to create themes and design what your site will look like and to build content within the site to push out to the world. It’s one of the most widely used CMS platforms throughout history and continues to be so today.
You can download the WordPress CMS, for free, at WordPress.org. This site, however, does not offer hosting services. It suggests a few on its site that you can go to if you’re looking for hosting, but you can host your WordPress site at pretty much any web hosting provider, with the exception of web builders that only use their own proprietary platforms.
WordPress.com is a hosting provider that only hosts sites built on the WordPress CMS platform. So you can use WordPress.com to house your site and push your domain out to the world with all the content you build through the CMS. You don’t need to first download the software from WordPress.org, but instead can just go to WordPress.com and have all of your needs met.
WordPress Pricing vs. Competitors
WordPress is a good option for users looking to expand to business or e-commerce features for the first time, and who are familiar with the WordPress CMS. Weebly and Squarespace make it easier to build your site quickly and get up and running with your e-commerce business than WordPress currently does. Plus, you’ll get unlimited storage space if you plan on creating a lot of content or hosting a lot of products.
When comparing WordPress to its competitors, where it really shines is its ability to integrate with anything. So many businesses have built plugins that integrate with the WordPress CMS because it has been an industry leader for so long. It’s hard to find something you want to use that doesn’t plug right into the platform, while other website builders are pretty much stand-alone products that integrate with a few other products, such as payment processors.