Advertising vs : What’s the Difference?

Did you know that and are two completely different platforms?


When I was a beginner I never knew the difference between and daily I surfed the internet trying to understand the difference and start my blogging journey. I wouldn’t want the same fate for you.

So – what’s the difference, and which one should you choose for your website?


I’ll answer both questions in this post!

When someone says “WordPress”, it can mean two different things, which is naturally pretty confusing.

Firstly, the could mean, which is a for-profit blog/website builder

Secondly, the could mean, which is the home of the free open-source WordPress software that you can install on your own hosting. vs Comparison

The best way to understand the difference between vs is to take a look at each platform individually. ↱  is the popular website platform that you have heard all the great things about. website

It’s a non-profit entity that thousands of people from around the world contribute to.

Anyone – including you – can go to, download the WordPress software ↱, and install it BOOM! You good to go. website ↱ is one specific implementation of the open-source WordPress software. It’s a for-profit service that makes it easier for people to create WordPress websites. However one downside about is restrictions.

Instead of needing to purchase your own hosting and install the WordPress software yourself, you just register for a account and you can start creating content right away.

Why Do They Use The Same Name? It’s Confusing

In 2003, Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg launched the first version of the open-source WordPress software. As you know, WordPress is free open-source software – anyone can install and use it. This was

Then, in 2005, Matt Mullenweg launched a company called Automattic, which is the company behind

So that’s why you have the confusion – the same person is part of both and Benefits

With, you have full control of your website. You are free to do anything you want and customize it as much as you need. Just take a look at I did all customization by just playing around with the design.

Here are some of the benefits of choosing to build your website.

Infact the benefits of is limitless. Folks say everything that has advantage Also have disadvantage.

Disavantages of Using

  • Like all websites, you will need hosting (This is where your website files are stored on the internet.) And a domain name (this is the name people will type to find you website e.g, You will pay for both services. If you can’t afford to spend money monthly or yearly then don’t think of
  • You are responsible for updates. You can easily update your WordPress site by simply clicking on the update button (one-click), so it’s not too much work anyway.
  • You are responsible for backups. 
  • If you are looking for adavance configuration or carryout a specific function that requires coding, you are not getting it unless you have money for such premium services. Benefits

  • It’s free for up to 3GB of space. That is enough for a start don’t you think?
  • You will not have to worry about updates or backups. will take care of that

Disadvantage of using

  • They place ads on all free websites. Your users see those ads, and you don’t make money from it.
  • You cannot upload plugins. Free plan users get built-in Jetpack features pre-activated.
  • They can delete your site at any time if they think that it violates their terms of service.
  • You cannot upload custom themes. Free plan users can only install from the limited free themes collection. 
  • Your site will display a powered by link. It can be removed by upgrading to the Business plan.

Should You Use or

Well the choice is yours, Most people use, AKA self-hosted WordPress because the want control others use because they are creating a “just for fun” hobby blog and want a simple, free blogging platform. 

But overall, I would recommend that most people choose self-hosted WordPress (

To get started with self-hosted WordPress on my recommended host, you can follow my guide on how to install WordPress on domainking.

Still have any questions about vs Ask in the comments section!








Originally posted 2021-10-27 14:16:38.


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