WordPress vs WordPress
What's the difference between wordpress.com and WordPress???
I know, it's super confusing because they have the same name. So here's a really simple breakdown of the difference.
Wordpress.com is a free blogging platform with options to upgrade in order to have a custom domain. They provide the hosting, support, everything – but there are limitations. It's kind of like Squarespace or Weebly, but with some of the elements of WordPress.
WordPress.ORG is where you can download and get information about the popular open source CMS (content management system) called WordPress. This is software that you install on your own self hosted WordPress website.
A self hosted WordPress website is the standard for professional websites that are owned by you, and are not borrowing services from another platform. With a self-hosted website you set the terms, and you have the ability to use any software you want, or work with a service like Maple to manage it.