WordPress.com vs .org is like Batman vs Superman: Dawn of the Blog

November 14, 2014

WordPress.com vs .org

Bob liked to surf the internet at night in the dark. Keeping the lights off provided a stunning view of the Blogopolis cityscape stretched out below his bedroom window on the 56th floor.

All was quiet on this chilly evening.

Bob started searching again for more information on blogging. This was the seventh evening in a row he researched this topic. Already, his mind was so full of information that he couldn’t decide what to do next to get started…

“Whoa! What…” Bob jerked his body toward the door. A sudden banging noise coming from the front area of his condominium sounded like trouble. Bob bumped his cell phone off the desk onto the floor.

Dropping down in the dark to find the mobile device, all he could think about was 9-1-1.


Next, there was a horrible crash, and just as Bob found the phone, somebody kicked it out of his hand.


Two thugs were now visible in the moonlight streaming in thru the  window. Bob instantly recognized them. He knew their ugly faces better than some of his closest friends.

The more dapper of the two with a gift for gab was known as Fear. The other was a henchman of Fear’s who went by the name Procrastination.

“Bob, you’re such a knucklehead,” Fear said mockingly. “What are YOU going to write about in a silly blog? How to find your cell phone in the dark?”

Procrastination started laughing that over-the-top way all lackeys do…before Bob could grab it, Procrastination picked up the cell phone and stared at it like it was edible. “Hey boss, he can’t start blogging until he gets a better phone. This thing is not up to par. Talk about mobile unfriendly…” Procrastination then opened a window and tossed the phone into the sea of city lights below.

“You know Bob,” sneered Fear, “you really need to give up your crazy blogging dream. You’re going to end up looking really stupid. People are going to laugh at you. Not that they aren’t already laughing.”

Bob watched Procrastination guffaw at Fear’s poisonous one liners. An evening breeze wiggled Procrastination’s stringy hair like a mound of worms.

As the two hooligans continued laughing, Bob froze…he was the only one noticing a shadowy figure now standing on the window sill.

Bob blinked his eyes to check his vision.


Before his eyelids reached the bottom of the eye sockets a second time, Procrastination smacked into a wall and now laid on the floor unconscious. The mysterious visitor already had Fear pressed up against a closet door by his suit jacket.

“Where’s The Quitter?” snarled the man in black tights. Fear tried to act like this was no big deal, even while his feet were shaking two feet off the floor. “How should I know? He’s probably counting abandoned blogs.”

With amazing speed, Bob’s unexpected hero jerked Fear off the wall and to the open window. Still gripping him by the jacket, the dark figure lifted Fear over the window sill and held him 560 feet above the sidewalk.

Fear was, well, scared.

“What are you?” he shrieked. The caped crusader pulled Fear in close and said, “I’m WordPress.com.”

Fear had nowhere to go. Struggling was a bad idea. WordPress.com wasn’t done talking anyway…

“I’m the easiest way for a blogger to get started. My hosting is free. And I only cost $15 a year to renew your domain name. That’s it.”

Bob was hiding behind the desk, peering over the top.

Suddenly,  Bob saw something outside the window swoop down and crash into WordPress.com.

WordPress.com vs .org

It was too large to be a bird. The collision caused WordPress.com to drop Fear, who screamed all the way to the pavement. Bob watched the two costumed figures crash into his office like a linebacker tackling a fullback.

This new visitor was wearing a red cape. He let go of WordPress.com and stood up…

“I heard you were eccentric…You forgot to mention a few other things about yourself…like how you only offer a limited amount of design themes, most of which look cookie cutter…or how a blogger cannot install any plugins to extend the functionality of their site…in fact, bloggers who use your service cannot post Adsense ads or affiliate links. But yet Google text ads might be displayed on the site whether the blogger likes it or not.”

WordPress.com stood up and stared a moment at the figure in the red and blue suit.

Bob couldn’t move.

“You think I don’t know who you are?” asked WordPress.com. “You’re WordPress.org, and before you get too high on yourself, let me point out to our friend Bob here some things about you…” They had Bob’s full attention. WordPress.com pulled something out of a side pocket that instantly lit up the room with a green glow. “You, WordPress.org, are a self hosted blog service. Which means a blogger has to pay for hosting to work with you…you also have to know how to use FTP transfer files, create a MySQL database, and edit configuration files. You also need to manage your own backups.”

WordPress.com stood there a moment, holding up the strange luminescent emerald, studying WordPress.org closely. Bob could see a grin breaking out on WordPress.org’s face.

“You think those points are like kryptonite to me, don’t you? Well, you couldn’t be more wrong…”  WordPress.org was walking toward WordPress.com, who kept his distance. With each step back, he moved closer to the window. “A blogger can find great hosting that only costs around 7 bucks a month. I recommend GreenGeeks.” WordPress.org continued moving toward WordPress.com as he spoke. “You also don’t need to know any of that technical stuff you mentioned, because GreenGeeks offers a one-click WordPress installation…and there are free plugins to easily automate blog backups…with me, a blogger has complete control over the look and feel of their website.They can choose any plugin they want to extend the functionality of their blog. Trust me, this is an extremely inexpensive way for a blogger to have a sharp website.”

WordPress.com hopped up on the window ledge. Glancing down, he let go of the kryptonite and watched it fall. “The Quitter has 200 more pounds of that stuff. Just thought you’d like to know.”

WordPress.com then turned and leaped out into the night air. Bob ran to the window and was dumbfounded to see no one. The caped crusader vanishes.

Who Wins This WordPress.com vs .org Epic Superhero Scuffle?

As Bob stood looking over the city below, WordPress.org (Superman) walked over to the desk, sat in front of the computer and started typing and working the mouse. “Well Bob, are you ready to start your new blog?”

“Yessir.” Bob smiled and pulled a chair up next to him.

WordPress.org is Super

After a long pause, WordPress.org said, “You know Bob, what happened here tonight isn’t surprising at all.”

“What do you mean?” Bob asked, turning from the computer screen to WordPress.org’s confident profile.

“Well, everybody knows that, realistically, Batman has no chance beating Superman.”

 The End

Do you agree with this story? Why would a serious blogger choose a bat suit instead of placing an “S” on their chest?

I obviously agree with this story–WordPress.org is the REAL WordPress Superhero for bloggers.

Which one do you think wins the title of WordPress Superhero? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Or if you are ready to take off and fly with WordPress dot org, why not soar right over to Step 1 of my blog setup guide.

Author Bio:

Matthew Kaboomis Loomis is the owner of Build Your Own Blog. Connect with him on Google+ and Twitter


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  1. Brent Jones says:    •   5 years

    Hi Matthew! Nice post.

    You know, Superman would obviously win in a fight… but I’d still cheer for Batman. Batman does all kinds of awesome stuff without super powers. Superman was just born lucky. 🙂

    Anyway, so far as blogging platforms go, I use WordPress.org and I always will. Many, many websites ago, I tried using WordPress.com first. And I got so darn frustrated by all the limitations. I’d rather spend a few bucks on hosting. Plus, that hosting is good for unlimited websites and unlimited bandwidth, so it really serves a variety of purposes for me.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Thanks, Brent! Good to hear form you.

      I agree about Batman. I’ve always been partial to him. 🙂 But there’s just no way he’s equal… 🙂

      I’ve done WordPress.com in the past too….it was okay, but didn’t have any of the “free toys” (plugins) that turn Kia’s into Corvettes. Anyone who wants to generate even the most modest of income levels online must use WordPress.org. Most of my readers either want to earn income now or sometime later. If later, they should still start with WP dot org so they don’t have the hassle and extra work of making the switch.

      Drop by more often, Brent.


  2. Speider Schneider says:    •   5 years

    I actually abandoned my WordPress blog a few years ago due to the heavy cost of monetizing my blog, and started up with Blogger. I know things have changed, but I still believe that paying for hosting gives you total freedom, you can upload WordPress templates and take advantage of the services many private hosting firms offer.

    Being in control of your own blog, both with monetization as well as content, is more important than saving a few dollars (and I mean, a FEW) dollars) with hosting for your professional blog.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Yay for FREEDOM!!! Go freedom, go!

      Speider nails it once again.

  3. Ryan Healy says:    •   5 years

    Creative story, Matt! I’ve always used WordPress.org for my sites. I only tried WordPress.com one time out of curiosity, and I couldn’t stand it… especially after having used WordPress.org for so long.

    My first blog was on Typepad, which isn’t a bad system. But I still much prefer WordPress.org.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Good to hear more of your story, Ryan…sounds like a good guest post. *wink wink*

  4. Sanjay Banerjee says:    •   5 years


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Sanjay, I’m glad you liked this.

  5. BGRoberts says:    •   5 years

    What a great story! Two of my heroes.
    I couldn’t agree more with the conclusion.
    Due to some drastic life changes, I am in the process of starting a blog with the hope of earning a few bucks income. I just discovered your site….what perfect timing.
    Thanks for all your work!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      BG, let me know if you need anything else. Good to meet you.

  6. Jackie robinson says:    •   5 years

    Thank goodness I do have superman. Your story was so vivid and entertaining. I hope I can do as well on my blog. Thanks Matt.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Jackie, I’m happy to hear you liked this post. I wish you much blogging success!

  7. Amy Nichols says:    •   5 years

    Superman is great but Batman does have a lot of cool toys! LOL I do not use either .com or .org at the moment. I do have a website already because my husband and I travel full-time singing and evangelizing. (Remember the name Appointed2, we are working on making it BIG)

    Because we are always on the road I was looking for ways to earn money and blogging was mentioned to me. I honestly know NOTHING about it. Everything is a foreign word to me.

    Do I need to blog on a site other than the website I already have? If I want to blog regarding our travels and the word? Any info, suggestions, hints, etc would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Amy, I do recommend you use wordpress dot org, which is part of my blog setup. If you follow my guide and subscribe to my blogging tips, you will be on your way…all my info, suggestions, hints, etc. are all found on the blog or in my emails.
      I wish you much success and lots of music success too!

  8. jessica Daniels says:    •   5 years

    Hey Kaboomis! Great story! I’m so glad you wrote this one. I had no clue what the difference between the 2 were. I started with dot org, and then changed to dot com. I think I will switch back. Omgoodness! *rolls eyes

    Thanx again!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Jessica, your comments make me smile. I’m glad you found this helpful.

  9. Elaine Tsopotsa says:    •   5 years

    Hi Mathew
    So glad that I found you. Fear and procrastination have been my constant companions for a while now. Really appreciated the story – very creative and informative, I didn’t know that there was such a significant difference.

    I’m wrestling with the actual content but am beginning to realise that it’s one of those things that I shouldn’t over think. Looking forward to reading more!


    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Thank you, Elaine! I’m here for you if you need any help.

  10. Linda says:    •   5 years

    Thank you for the comparison between .org and .com. I am in the process of starting a blog on the causes and consequences of fear, based on my experiences. Your story helped me decide on .org rather than .com.
    Thanks again.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Linda, this makes me happy. I’ll keep writing up more stories for you, so be sure to get my email newsletter so you won’t miss them.

  11. Michael's Wife says:    •   5 years

    Thanks Matthew, this is another Awesome post, and just exactly what we needed. We are totally switching to wordpress.org and we are signing up with iPage too! Go Superman!

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Thanks for letting me know how excited this post made you feel! Kapow! My setup guide is here to help.

  12. Nellie Evans says:    •   5 years

    Good morning Matthew and Happy New Year

    I enjoyed reading your story. You always have facts that are good to know.
    I went with i page, they were more inline with my budget.
    I have a few questions and will be sending you a email.
    At this point in life procrastination is not an option.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   5 years Author

      Thanks, Nellie. Glad you liked this story. I’ll look forward to your email.

  13. رژیم لاغری says:    •   5 years

    Thank you for offering

  14. Sabrina Vivian says:    •   4 years

    My brother LOVES batman and superman A LOT and nice story too.