If you prefer the infinite theme variations available through WordPress vs. the design limitations of Blogger, you still need to decide between WordPress’s “.com” version and “.org” version. While these two options share a common platform and many similarities in the way the admin interface works, there are some important differences.
The main difference is that the “.com” version is hosted for free by WordPress, and requires no set up or installation on your part, while the “.org” version must be installed on a different host, which you choose and pay for.
There are also differences in advertising rules, security and mobile friendliness. Read on…
|Hosting:||Will gain some traffic just from hosting there||yes||no|
|Ads/selling:||Can sell ads on your site, using Google AdSense||no||yes|
|Can sell ad spots on your site, direct to advertiser||yes, w/ limits||yes|
|Can sell your own items on your site||w/ PayPal||yes; PayPal or your own merchant account|
|Can sell paid or sponsored posts or content||no||yes|
|Ad-free (ads that you don’t sell or control)||for fee: $30/year||yes|
|Design:||Number of free templates available||> 150||thousands|
|Number of premium templates available||> 80||thousands|
|Design items you can alter on templates||2 to several*||any, w/ add’l coding|
|Extensibility:||Options available||widgets only; no plug-ins||widgets + 1000′s of plug-ins|
|Mobile:||Built-in iPhone version||yes||depends on theme|
|Security:||Responsible for security against hacking||WordPress.com||you|
|Responsible for backups, installations & upgrades||WordPress.com||you|
* On WP.com, different themes offer different options which can be easily edited without code. All themes let you change the header image. Most themes let you change the link color and one or two other items. All themes are open to limitless design options for a $30/year fee.
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