What does it cost?

WordPress.com

Nothing at all! You can purchase affordable upgrades to enhance your site if you want — but no pressure! You can have a great site for free.

WordPress.com Enterprise

$500 a month gets you everything a growing website needs.

WordPress.org

You’ll need to buy your own hosting and domain name, but the WordPress software is always completely free and open-source.

Are there limits to my bandwidth? What happens if I go viral?

WordPress.com

Bring on the traffic! If we can handle CNN and the New York Times, we can handle you. Your bandwidth is unlimited.

WordPress.com Enterprise

Never; your bandwidth is always unlimited, so grow as much as you want.

WordPress.org

That depends on your host. Check out our recommended hosting companies to learn more.

Do I get a domain?

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Every WordPress.com blogger gets a free yourname.wordpress.com domain. Drop the “wordpress” for $18 if you’d like.

WordPress.com Enterprise

You’ll need to buy a domain name (with us or someone else), and then link it to your WordPress.com site at no cost.

WordPress.org

You’ll need to buy one and link it to your site — your hosting company can help you out, and may even give you one with your hosting package.

What about themes? (That's what we call the template for your site.)

WordPress.com

Choose from over 200 beautifully designed themes, with new themes added weekly. Upgrade for $30 to access more options for customizing.

WordPress.com Enterprise

Use any of our 200+ themes, including premium themes. Customize them with your own CSS and Javascript.

WordPress.org

Browse hundreds of available themes at WordPress.org or take your pick of independent theme shops, then upload your favorites.

How will my site look on phones and tablets?

WordPress.com

Activate a sleek, mobile-friendly design with one click, or choose one of the 70+ themes that are fully responsive.

WordPress.com Enterprise

You’ll have the same awesome resources as every WordPress.com user, so pick a fully responsive theme to ensure a seamless experience for your readers across all devices.

WordPress.org

You’re in control — make sure the theme you upload is responsive. (Or build a responsive theme yourself!)

I want extra functionality. How do I install plugins?

WordPress.com

We ensure that WordPress.com has the best plugins built right in — from social sharing to automatic backups to SEO, your site is already loaded up and ready to go.

WordPress.com Enterprise

In addition to all WordPress.com’s features, activate your pick of over 100 approved and vetted plugins with a click.

WordPress.org

The internet is your oyster; upload any plugin you’d like. (We recommend starting with Jetpack.)

How much storage space do I get?

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Start with 3GB, more than enough for most blogs. Upgrades start at $10/year if you want to upload lots of big files, like video.

WordPress.com Enterprise

Unlimited. Upload away!

WordPress.org

That’s up to your host, so check with them before you buy.

How do I know everything’s safe and up-to-date?

WordPress.com

Our team updates WordPress.com daily with new features, enhancements, and security updates.

WordPress.com Enterprise

Same! Sleep easy knowing your site is always updated and secure.

WordPress.org

You’ll need to keep your software and plugins up-to-date yourself — but WordPress makes it easy to do in a few clicks right from your dashboard.

What if I need help?

WordPress.com

Our Support Forum is 24/7 — staff and volunteers are standing by.

WordPress.com Enterprise

Enjoy email access to our Happiness Engineers, and live chat assistance when you need an extra helping hand.

WordPress.org

The WordPress.org Support Forums are bursting with expert assistance, including some of the key developers behind the software.

Can I run ads on my site?

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Once you’ve got some readers, you can apply to join WordAds, our WordPress.com revenue-sharing ad program.

WordPress.com Enterprise

If you’re interested in ads, get in touch — we’re exploring all the options.

WordPress.org

You’re in total control — run any ad or join any ad network you’d like.

Who owns my content?

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You do. Delete it, take it somewhere else, whatever. It’s all yours.

WordPress.com Enterprise

Same. You own it  all.

WordPress.org

Same again. Did we mention that you own all your content?