Navigating the WordPress World: Understanding vs.

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, having a dynamic website is crucial for the success of any business. This is where WordPress, a powerhouse in website creation and management, comes into play. However, confusion often arises between its two flavours: and At Galexia, we specialize in crafting exceptional websites using, and we’re here to demystify these platforms for you.

Understanding and The Open-Source Platform, often referred to as self-hosted WordPress, is an open-source software. Here’s why it’s a popular choice:

  • Full Customization Control: With, the sky’s the limit. You have complete freedom to customize your website. From choosing themes to installing plugins, you can tailor your site to your exact needs.
  • Monetization Freedom: If your goal is to monetize your website, provides full freedom to run ads without sharing revenue.
  • SEO Advantages: With the ability to use powerful SEO plugins like Yoast SEO, sites often rank better on search engines.
  • Ownership and Control: You own your content and website fully. There are no unexpected advertisements or branding. The Hosted Platform is a hosting service created by the co-founder of WordPress, offering a more controlled environment:

  • Ease of Use: takes care of hosting. It’s a good option for beginners who don’t want the hassle of managing a website. With Galexia, we host your website for you, so there’s no hassle for you and you get all of the benefits of
  • Free Option: It offers a basic free plan, but it comes with branding and ads.

Comparing and

  1. Hosting and Domain: With, you need to arrange your own hosting and domain, which offers more flexibility and control. Galexia takes care of this for you at just £200/year. provides hosting, but your domain will have ‘’ unless you upgrade at £240/year for a package close to that of Galexia.
  2. Themes and Plugins: allows you to upload custom themes and plugins, offering endless possibilities. When you have your site built with us, we configure various plugins to make editing your site easier. We also create a bespoke theme, just for you. has limitations in this regard, especially on the free plan. A lot of off-the-shelf themes don’t offer nearly as much customisation. There are also some restrictions on which plugins you can install.
  3. Maintenance and Security: requires you to handle your own backups and security, while takes care of this for you. When you host with Galexia, we take care of backups, running them once a day, and have a 2/7 security suite keeping your site safe.
  4. E-commerce and Monetization: is ideal for e-commerce sites, providing full control over monetization strategies. With, you need to be on a paid plan to access similar features, often with a higher commission.

Why Choose for Your Business?

Our creative agency is a staunch advocate of, and here’s why it could be the best choice for your business:

  • Complete Customization: We believe in creating unique websites that stand out.’s flexibility in design and functionality allows us to bring your vision to life without constraints.
  • Growth and Scalability: As your business grows, your website can grow with you.’s scalability is unmatched, ensuring your website evolves with your business.
  • Ownership and Independence: Your website is your digital property. With, you have complete ownership and independence, a crucial aspect for any business. Even if you build your website with us, you can move it somewhere else, whenever you wish.


Choosing between and depends on your business needs, technical expertise, and long-term goals. While offers simplicity and ease, provides unmatched freedom and control, making it the superior choice for businesses looking to make a significant impact online.

At Galexia, we specialize in harnessing the power of to create bespoke, impactful websites. If you’re looking to elevate your digital presence with a website that not only looks stunning but also performs excellently, talk to us today. Let’s make your digital dreams a reality.