Difference Between WordPress.org and WordPress.com

In my local WordPress meet-up, the most common cause of confusion among my group members is the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

This is a simple question with a somewhat complex answer, so I put together a presentation that covers it, drawing on the history of WordPress, what web hosting really amounts to, and comparing the different features of WordPress.com against some key features of WordPress.org.

What’s the difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com?

Here is the difference in a nutshell: WordPress.com is a service that hosts WordPress blogs. WordPress.org is a community where people work on the open source WordPress software, which can be downloaded and run on your own web server.  To see more information, you can download the slides for the presentation (pdf).

difference between wordpress.org and wordpress.com
Click to download the pdf of my presentation

Beginner Track at 2014 WordCamp Baltimore

Not sure which talks are best for beginners? Read on…


If you’re relatively new to WordPress, I recommend going through these talks tomorrow.

wordcamp - beginner track
My recommended “beginner” talks are highlighted in blue border. Click the image to go the WordCamp site to see the official schedule.


Some notes:  Everyone should check out Chris Lema’s Keynote…he’s WordPress-famous and by all accounts a great speaker.  Also, overall, this is a pretty technical WordCamp relative to the few others I’ve been to.  More than the talks themselves, you should be able to benefit from mixing and mingling with other WordPressers in the community.  Looking forward to seeing everyone there.


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