All the tools you need to reach your readers.

Choose WordPress.com instead of Medium for an ad-free site, a personalized domain, and your own custom design. Start building now for free, or get more features starting at $4 per month.

Want to share your story with the world? Here’s why you should choose WordPress.com over Medium.

WordPress.com
Medium.com
Cost to visitors
WordPress.com
Cost to visitors
Visitors don’t have to pay anything to read, like, share, or comment on any of your content.
Medium.com
Cost to visitors
Visitors must pay $5 per month or $50 a year for unlimited access to premium content.
Audience
WordPress.com
Audience
Build your audience with powerful SEO tools, browsable categories and tags, and built-in social sharing — all on a platform optimized for speed and performance.
Medium.com
Audience
Limited ability to attract readers beyond manual social media shares.
Custom domain
WordPress.com
Custom domain
Bring your own domain name, or get one as part of a paid plan.
Medium.com
Custom domain
Medium doesn’t offer custom domains for individual authors or publications.
Site design
WordPress.com
Site design
Make your site your own with a wide selection of designs, media embeds, and the option to use custom code.
Medium.com
Site design
Medium offers very limited customization options — your page will look similar to any other Medium page.
Flexible hosting
WordPress.com
Flexible hosting
You can move websites built on WordPress.com to another WordPress host at any time.
Medium.com
Flexible hosting
Your site only runs on the Medium platform at a medium.com URL.
Global community
WordPress.com
Global community
Join a large community that offers local events, online courses, forums, and more.
Medium.com
Global community
No community events or forums are currently available.
24/7 support
WordPress.com
24/7 support
WordPress.com plans come with personalized, 24/7 support via email and chat.
Medium.com
24/7 support
Limited to email support.
Publish your content on a powerful and customizable platform.
Start today to find out why more creators prefer WordPress.com over Medium.