Scott Winterroth

What’s the real difference between and

Here’s the slide deck from my WordPress Bloggers Meetup presentation on December 14, 2016 at NextDoor Chicago.

Key Takeaways:

  • Prior to WordPress, to create a website it required the knowledge of code.
  • Today, WordPress enables the user.
    • is a SaaS based Service
    • is an open source content management system solution. Otherwise known as the “self-hosted” solution.
    • is like going to a restaurant and ordering off of a prix fixe menu.  You can only order what is being served.
    • is like going to a grocery store and buying the ingredients to cook your own meal.
  • sites require users to find their own hosting, which hosting comes in many flavors and prices.
  • Most beginners start with the DIY “Shared Hosting” solution like SiteGround or GoDaddy.
  • Most users of SaaS based website solutions like, and others don’t leave because of the price, they leave because of the roadblocks.
    • offers a standardization which is not ideal for innovative ideas that need flexibility
    • Most tech startups don’t use platforms like this to build their apps, so if you have big plans to build something great then you need to be on a platform like the self-hosted version that has unlimited flexibility and can scale with your dreams.


Scott is an avid blogger, marketer and PR pro specializing in digital and social media strategy. He’s an entrepreneur and is currently the lead co-founder of

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2 Responses to What’s the real difference between and

    • Thanks Becky! Yes, I think it sort of works but the only problem is it makes me hungry every time I think about it. 🙂

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