How To Choose Between and

How To Choose Between and

When you’re getting ready to create your first website or blog, it makes sense that you’ll go straight for WordPress.  After all, a recent Forbes article estimated that there are more than 60 million websites around the world powered by WordPress.

But when you search for WordPress on Google, you’ll find and coming up as the top two results.  What, then, is the difference between and, and how can you choose the right option to suit your needs?

First, Understand The Differences

A World of Limitations

When you choose, you will have access to a much more limited set of functionalities than with a custom installation.  For example, while has thousands of free and premium WordPress themes for you to choose from, has a much more limited set of themes available.  Yes, some of the available themes are mobile-friendly but you simply won’t have the same range to choose from.

It’s a similar story with plug-ins. has a limited range of plug-ins to choose from, but you won’t be able to install e-commerce plug-ins like free WooCommerce extensions, collect email addresses, or have access to extensive free WordPress plug-ins and tools.

You will also be limited with storage space, so you’ll need to go easy when hosting your own videos and high-quality images.

These limitations may not be of concern to you, if you’re planning on creating mainly text-based blog posts and wouldn’t have been interested in customizing your site to a large extent.

Content Ownership

A potential trap and a factor that is very important to bear in mind is that content you post on a site is not owned by you – even if you wrote it.  It sounds unbelievable, but there are plenty of case studies online that prove that – just like other free blogging platforms – can and will remove your content without warning if they feel it’s necessary.

This is one of the reasons why is free.  They enforce strict rules about the type of content that’s allowed, and they will remove content – or an entire blog – if they feel it’s necessary.

If this type of content restriction or the potential for your blog to be deleted without warning causes you concern, you may be better off looking at

Money Matters is free, but only if you don’t plan to take up any of their paid extras.  For example, if you want to use a custom domain rather than a subdomain like, you’ll need to pay approximately $15 a year for a custom domain name.  Similarly, if you want to set up a commercial website and remove’s ads, you’ll be paying about $8 a month. Add these together, and you’ll find that suddenly isn’t so “free” anymore.

Creating a site will require you to purchase and maintain your own web hosting and domain name.  Depending on the host you choose, this could cost around $30-$35 a year.

All things considered, is only free if you don’t choose any paid add-ons.  Once you start paying for, you may find that it would be more cost-effective to choose after all.

Next, Choose What’s Right For You is inherently limited, but it can also be completely free and easy to use.  In the end, the decision between and comes down to what you’re looking for in a blogging platform and what you intend to use it for.

If you’re creating a personal blog and have no plans to ever monetize it, can provide a free, easy blogging platform that you can set up in a matter of minutes without any technical knowledge.

If you’re creating a blog or website for a business, if you ever plan to make money from your site, if you want a custom domain, if you need the opportunity to be able to fully customize your site or collect email addresses, or if you simply want to portray a tone of professionalism to your audience, probably won’t suit your needs.  Instead, a custom install will be necessary in order to create a website to suit your needs.


If you are looking to create a very simple blog or website with no bells and whistles, you want to create it in a matter of minutes, and you don’t want to have to worry about managing your own updates, could be the right choice for you.  You need to feel okay with having ads running on your site in exchange for using the service completely for free.

However, if you’re looking to monetize your website by running your own ads or turning it into an e-commerce site with free WooCommerce extensions, customize it with premium themes, install free WordPress plug-ins and tools of your choosing, or keep it clean and ad-free, a self-hosted installation is the only choice.

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