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Are you using WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

Last updated Jun 8, 2020
It’s confusing. I get it! WordPress has two different platforms, intended for different uses, yet they have the same name. And it’s difficult to know which version you should use, or already are using. Let’s be clear, if you’re running a business, you should be using WordPress.org. You can refer back to a previous blog which is a guide to the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org to see some reasons why. But it can be difficult to tell which one you’re actually using. Here’s an easy way to tell: Step 1.  Type your domain name into your browser bar and add /wp-admin to the end – eg. myamazingdomain.com/wp-admin Step 2. Hover your mouse over the WordPress logo and see if it says  wordpress.org or wordpress.com at the bottom of your browser window. Below is an example of a WordPress.org website. This is the self-hosted version, and the one which I would recommend for anyone building a business website. WordPress.org login Below is an example of a WordPress.com log in area which is great for hobbyists, or for one off events, such as selling a car, or for a special celebration.  You can see that the WordPress.com logo is in the top left hand corner, and this is not apparent on the .org version of the login page. WordPress.com login

Vicky Etherington

Vicky Etherington has been running her own online marketing agency since 2003, and in 2014 transitioned to working with coaches and therapists to teach them how to create their own client-attracting websites. 

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