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Were you aware that and are 2 different things? Yeah, there are differences between vs but most of the time, users especially beginners tend to confuse them. This confusion can lead them to choose the wrong platform for managing their activities. In this article, I will Briefly talk about vs bringing out their differences by comparing them based on the features they offer as well as their advantages and disadvantages.
This is to help you to make a better choice of which one to use when building your blog or website.

It’s a hosting service created by Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress.
By the time of writing this article, it has 5 plans.

  • The Free plan – Limited
  • The Personal plan ($4/month)
  • The Premium plan ($8/month)
  • Business plan ($25/month)
  • E-commerce plan ($45/month)

Let's then dive into its pros and cons.

What Benefits of using

This platform is good for a simple blogger. Someone who does not expect to use more storage (the free plan is up to 3GB you pay to upgrade) or advanced features like plugin customization. So if blogging is a hobby for you, you can opt for

  • manages your backups and updates so you don’t need to worry about that.
  • It‘s free and hosting is free. However, if you wish to get more features you need to upgrade to one of the plans above based on what you want. cons

Unfortunately tends to have more disadvantages than benefits. I have listed some below.

  • You can’t make money if you are using a free plan. To place an Ad on your website, you must apply for their WordAds program. But luckily if you opt for their Business plan you can directly add their ads.
  • If you have good traffic, places its Ads on your website and the only way to remove is by upgrading your plan.
  • The free domain name comes with the brand name in your domain which is To get a custom domain you need to upgrade your plan.
  • Your website can be deleted at any moment. If any violation of their terms and condition, as well as privacy policy, is noticed on your website it will be deleted.
  • If you have a free plan, you will always get the “Powered by WordPress” in your website’s footer. Equally to stop seeing that you need to upgrade.
  • It does not offer any e-commerce feature unless you switch to the e-commerce plan. Also, you cannot build a membership website with it.
  • You can not upload plugins. Free plan users can use some of the activated features in Jetpack. As for Business plans they can choose from some selected variety of plugins presented to them. There is also a special program called VIP which lets you install plugins starting from $25000 per year.
  • You cannot upload themes. Free plan users have a limited number of themes (usually 4) and they cannot upload a theme. Premium and Business plan users can use premium themes and even add custom CSS to these themes.
  • You cannot install Google Analytics or use any other powerful tool to track traffic on your website. Although the Business plan can install Google Analytics. Now let's compare these with

This is a self-hosted platform that you need to purchase your domain and hosting. It’s 100% free and open source. As I said earlier you just need a domain name and a web hosting service.
In the next section, I will outline some of its advantages as well as disadvantages.

Why should I use

  • Firstly, by using you have full control of your website, you can do whatever you like ( this does not mean you should carry out illegal activities), and customize it as you want.
  • You can add free or paid plugins and themes. You can equally create your plugins and themes and use them.
  • Data on the website is owned by you. Nobody will turn off your website (unless you haven’t paid for your monthly or yearly hosting) as long as you don’t do something illegal.
  • As I said above, you can upload plugins, and you also can install Google Analytics since does not offer you that.
  • Isn’t it great that you can earn some cash online?

Amazing right? This is possible by running ads on your website and you won’t have to share your revenue with anyone. Check on some programs like Google AdSense. But there are many other ways.
By the way, if you already have a website make sure to read my article on 4 easy ways to bring great traffic to your website. Getting traffic can also help and encourage other brands to advertise on your website.

  • Documentation is available for you to use. Equally, there are many WordPress question/answer forums
  • Last but not least, you can create your online store and some tools such as WooCommerce are available, easy to use and help you manage your store. You can also manage payment directly from your website. However, where there is yin there is also yang. Let's talk about some of's drawbacks. Drawbacks

As we said earlier, this is a self-hosted platform, so you need to purchase a domain and hosting account. Web hosting is where all the files and databases of your website are stored. Also choosing a good plan is important and it depends on what you intend to do now and later. However many web hosting platforms offer different types of plans and some of them offer discounts for a year or two. If you don’t have enough budget I recommend you use Godaddy hosting (they offer affordable plans)But you can also use Bluehost, Hostgator or any other web hosting.
Take note that as your website grows so will the cost of hosting. But since you will be able to make enough money you can compensate for that.
You are responsible for maintaining and backing up your website. Since WordPress loves you so much they offer plugins for backups. Some of them are BackupWordPress, BackupBuddy, BackWPUp and so on.


Here comes the end with vs I hope I was able to help detect the differences between and When choosing which one to use make sure you study your requirements thoroughly so that you can choose the one that will be more beneficial to you. Here is a little summary

When should I use

Do you blog as a hobby? Are you not interested in earning some money? Then choose

When should I use

Are you a business owner, or a professional blogger? Do you want full control? Do you need money? is the answer.

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