Do you need a website for your business? In this Yola vs WordPress review I will easily show you which platform you should choose and why. I will compare the cost, features, support, etc.

To begin, we are not comparing the differences between free WordPress or free Yola. I will never recommend a free hosted platform.

Free hosted platforms set your business up for failure. I am also not comparing WordPress Premium features. This is a review of AKA self hosted WordPress.


WordPress is free to install. However, when you self-host you will need your own hosting company. There are many top hosting providers such as SiteGroud or Inmotion. I strongly recommend SiteGround which offers the top WordPress performance and costs $3.95 a month.

Yola does have a free plan but remember it is never wise to choose their free option. Their free option only allows for a 3-page website, you get 1GB bandwidth, and 1GB storage space. Lastly, with Yola’s free plan you will not be allowed to use a custom domain.

Yola’s subdomain will not help you in the search engines. Not only is it bad for your search engine rankings but it also has ramifications on your business. Having a subdomain such as looks unprofessional and will definitely affect your page views in a negative way.


Yola has a Bronze plan that costs $4.16/mo when you pay yearly. Paying month-to-month is going to cost $6.95 a month.

Bronze features

  • Unlimited pages
  • Add as many pages to your website as you want.
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 2GB storage
  • Use a custom domain
  • A custom domainfree
  • Free private registration
  • Premium support

Their Silver plan costs $8.33/month when you pay yearly and $14.95 when you pay monthly.

Silver features

  • Add as many pages to your website as you want.
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 5GB storage
  • Use a custom domain
  • A custom domainfree
  • Free private registration
  • Premium support
  • No Yola branding
  • Premium style templates
  • Advanced editing
  • Mobile-ready website

Their last plan and their best plan for business owners is their Gold plan. Their Gold plan costs $16.66/month.

Gold features

  • Unlimited pages
  • Unlimited storage
  • Premium support
  • Premium style templates
  • Advanced editing
  • Mobile-ready website
  • Publish your website to Facebook
  • Full-site search optimization scans
  • Keyword usage and traffic reporting
  • Automatic SEO monitoring

Yola is not big on plugins. Yola has various built-in features. What Yola has to offer is drag & drop widgets. These widgets help you to do things such as add photo and video galleries on your website.


WordPress is unlike any other site builder. At most, website platforms have hundreds of plugins. The more important plugins you will have to pay for. WordPress goes above and beyond and offers thousands of plugins.

With WordPress, you give customers more check out options and you have more marketing features for your business. There is literally nothing that can’t be done on WordPress. In the past I have created Pinterest styled websites and social media sites.

With WordPress, you can create a forum. You can create a nonprofit website and take in donations. You can create an online shop with Woocommerce or other ecommerce plugins. You are also given powerful SEO plugins such as Yoast that give you a search engine boost. In the plugins search box, find the plugin that best fits your business. WordPress allows you to have fun and mix and match different plugins.

Yola offers their customers 16 preset templates that they are able to customize to their liking. You are also able to start building your website with a blank template.

While Yola takes more of a customization approach WordPress has more of an installation approach. WordPress offers over 2100 free themes that you are able to install in seconds from your dashboard. You are also able to purchase cheap themes from Genesis, Thesis, Theme Forest, and all over the web. When you have over 30,000 themes to choose from finding the perfect look becomes simple.

If you want an SEO boost I highly recommend (Genesis) which does wonders for your site.

Many of the largest companies have taken advantage of blogging. Blogging has been known to increase business revenue exponentially. A business without a blog is losing thousands of dollars monthly. You should always be blogging around your products and services.

Yola no longer has their own blog widget but they do allow you to integrate your website with Tumblr. In my humble opinion, Tumblr is not a good blogging site. It’s more of a community based website.

WordPress is more than just a CMS. WordPress began as a blogging platform. Not only do they offer built-in writing and editorial features but you can also install a plethora of free blogging and writing features in just a few seconds.

WordPress features

  • Over 40,000 WordPress plugins.
  • Woocommerce plugin – Largest eCommerce platform in the world.
  • Over 20,000 WordPress themes. – Genesis vs thesis vs headway and more.
  • Search Engine Optimized
  • WordPress is available in over 70 languages.
  • With WordPress you own your data
  • Easy Installation, ease of us, clean interface.
  • Responsive Images
  • Dashboard Widgets
  • Inline Linking
  • Quick-Embed Media
  • Split Post into Multiple Pages

Yola features

  • Hundreds of different styles.
  • No third-party advertisements.
  • Easily edit images online, add HTML, Javascript, and sitewide CSS.
  • Drag & Drop Widgets – contact forms, appointment scheduling, maps, and more.
  • Password Protection
  • Flexible navigation and submenus
  • Cloud-Based Hosting
  • Complete DDoS Protection
  • Mobile publishing
  • Customer Mailing List
  • Site Statistics

You can have 10 websites but if they are not ranking well then it doesn’t matter. You want people to be able to find your website and if your SEO is off you can just forget it. Most platforms often label their service as “search engine optimized.”

However, I have found that most platforms don’t give you the SEO boost to help you rank above your competitors. It’s easy to know if a platform is built for SEO. One way to know is to find out popular websites built with that platform. After an extensive search, it was hard for me to find notable Yola sites that ranked well.

When I checked for notable WordPress sites I found TechCrunch, Xerox, Digg, The Wall Street Journal, Trello, Microsoft News Center, Boingo, Usain Bolt, Marks & Spencer for Business, Mercedes-Benz, and more.

My sites are all built using WordPress and my articles rank well in the search engines. WordPress has built-in SEO and you are also able to install load speed and SEO plugins like Yoast. In addition to having SEO plugins, WordPress also allows you to install SEO templates such as Genesis which greatly helps your site rankings.


With Yola, you can contact support by going to their support area. Add your name, your e-mail, select the subject of your e-mail, and type in your request details. Yola has various tutorials and support answers to your problems. What Yola does not have yet is 24/7 phone support.


WordPress is the largest site builder so you get more support outside of WordPress than you would with any other platform. You will never lack in docs, videos, podcasts, forums, articles, etc. When you host with SiteGround you will also receive help from their WordPress experts. Their experts will go in and fix your WordPress related issues. SiteGround gives your WordPress website 24/7 phone and live chat support. With WordPress, you easily feel more secure.

This was an easy comparison. WordPress clearly wins! Not only is WordPress cheaper, but it is easier to use because all that you have to do is install your web host, install WordPress, and install your theme. It takes a few minutes which I will show you below. WordPress gives you more SEO tools, more features, and more themes than Yola. Lastly, WordPress is more poplar. WP powers over 26% of the web. More businness are choosing WordPress over other platforms for a reason. Below I will help you to setup your WordPress website in 5 minutes.

  • Go to WordPress services.
  • Click on WordPress hosting.
  • Choose a plan
  • Enter your domain
  • Enter your hosting info and pay now.
  • Click on get WordPress preinstalled option. SiteGround installs WordPress for you.
  • Create WordPress login info and log in.
  • Once logged in, go to the appearance section, go to themes, and install a free theme. I also strongly recommend Genesis for SEO purposes.
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