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Why are there two WordPress-es? And which one should I use?

Are you looking to establish an online presence? If so, WordPress is likely on your radar. With its user-friendly interface and powerful customization options, WordPress has become the go-to platform for website creation. In fact, WordPress powers over 42% of all websites on the internet!

But why are there two versions? Which one should you use? In this post, we’ll delve into the distinctions between and, shedding light on why the latter, also known as self-hosted WordPress, stands out as the ultimate choice for flexibility and potential cost-effectiveness. The Limited Playground offers an enticing proposition for beginners and those seeking a hassle-free setup. Managed by Automattic, this hosted platform provides a straightforward way to create and manage a website without delving into the intricacies of web hosting, security, or updates. Here’s what you can expect:

Ease of Use boasts a simple, intuitive interface that requires minimal technical expertise. From selecting themes to adding content, the process is streamlined for novices.

Hosting and Maintenance

With, the platform takes care of hosting, backups, and software updates. This is ideal for those who want to focus solely on content creation.

Limited Customization

While there are numerous themes available, places restrictions on custom themes and plugins. This limitation can stifle your creativity and hamper the unique branding of your website.

Domain Constraints

The free version of will include the platform’s branding in your domain (e.g., A custom domain (without branding) requires a premium plan.

Monetization Hurdles

Earning revenue through ads or e-commerce is challenging on the free and lower-tier plans, as’s monetization features are limited unless you pay for a higher-cost premium plan. Unleash Your Potential, on the other hand, empowers website owners with a self-hosted solution that puts the reins of website ownership firmly in your hands. Here’s why it’s the superior choice for those seeking flexibility, future growth, and potential cost-savings:

Complete Ownership

With, you host your website on a hosting provider of your choice. This translates to unparalleled control over your website’s design, functionality, and data.

Endless Customization

The self-hosted WordPress experience allows you (or your web designer/developer–hi, that’s us!) to tailor every aspect of your site to match your vision without restrictions. We’re talking complete control over the look and feel as well as the features and functionalities your site can offer to your visitors. The sky’s the limit!

Monetization Freedom

Dream of turning your website into a source of income? doesn’t impose limitations on monetization methods. You’re free to implement ads, e-commerce, membership systems, and more.

Enhanced SEO

Self-hosted WordPress provides greater control over your website’s SEO strategies, including access to powerful SEO plugins that can significantly boost your search engine visibility. (Search Engine Optimization is a whole specialty in and of itself! Read more about that in our post, “Will my website be on the first page of Google?“.)

Scalability and Performance

As your website grows, self-hosted WordPress allows you to optimize performance, security, and scalability according to your needs. This is crucial for handling increased traffic and maintaining a smooth user experience as your business or online presence grows. Don’t need an online store right now? Confidently start small, knowing we can easily add this feature later when you’re ready! Still building your reputation and audience? Your site will be ready and waiting for that robust paid-membership feature when your audience starts clamoring for it!


While self-hosted WordPress does require an investment in hosting and possibly premium plugins (our managed clients get to enjoy our licensing for premium plugins rather than having to invest in their own), the potential for long-term cost savings is substantial. You have the freedom to choose affordable hosting plans that suit your budget and will likely cost less per month than a premium plan.

The Plethora Creative Verdict:

In the showdown between and, the latter emerges as the clear winner for those who value true website ownership, endless customization, and potential for cost-effectiveness. While is a great starting point for beginners, its limitations can become restrictive as your online ambitions grow. And switching from .com to .org is a headache that can be avoided by starting with the most scalable option first: opens the door to a vast landscape of possibilities, enabling you to sculpt your digital presence exactly as you envision. With complete control over design, functionality, and revenue streams, self-hosted WordPress is the choice of professionals and businesses serious about making their mark on the web. (And the savvy “little guy”, too.)

Ready to embark on your website ownership journey? Let’s work together to unlock the full potential of your online venture! Contact us today to explore how we can help you build a website that truly reflects your unique identity and goals.

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