WordPress is an amazing platform for building a website. But many of my clients get confused because they see WordPress.com and WordPress.org. They are quick to setup a free account on WordPress.com without realizing the great differences between the two:
WordPress.com is a hosted blogging service. Sites hosted at WordPress.com are located at URLs like “yoursite.wordpress.com” and are largely used only for blogs. Overall, you have less control, can’t use any of the wide array of plugins that makes the “real” WordPress great, and cannot deliver your own advertising.
I also stress to my clients who have WordPress.com based blogs, that although you think you’re saving money and getting it up quick, your files and content are still on someone else’s hosting server. In addition, you still end up paying money in the end to map your domain if you don’t want the standard “yoursite.wordpress.com” or want to edit the CSS files to change the design.
WordPress.org (the real WordPress)
This “real” WordPress to which WordPress.org is dedicated, is where you download the latest version files, which you then upload to your website. (For most web hosting plans, this is also a one click process through your control panel – GoDaddy, Bluehost, etc). You (and us as a designer) have absolute and total control of your site, for use on your own servers, with no usage restrictions at all.
So! We hope this clears things up. No need to worry if you’ve setup a WordPress.com blog and want to change it to a self-hosted WordPress. It is a very simple process. WordPress.com has an article for that located here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/moving-a-blog/