Owlstown vs. WordPress

WordPress is the world's leading content management system offering the flexibility to create everything from personal blogs to expansive e-commerce sites. For a tailored experience for academics, Owlstown is a compelling alternative to showcase your publications, research projects, courses, and academic achievements.

Target Audience

Owlstown is designed primarily for academics, researchers, and professionals who want to create academic portfolios, showcase their publications, projects, and teaching experiences. It offers features tailored to the needs of this specific audience.
WordPress is a general-purpose content management system (CMS) used to build a wide variety of websites, from blogs to e-commerce stores, corporate sites, and more. It's suitable for a broad audience with diverse needs.

User Interface

Owlstown's user interface is more straightforward and streamlined for the specific purpose of building academic portfolios. The options presented to the user are directly relevant to academic work.
WordPress: Given its versatile nature, WordPress has a more comprehensive user interface. While it offers flexibility, the plethora of options might be overwhelming for users who aren't familiar with website development.


Owlstown offers templates and customization tailored to academic portfolios, so you don't have to start from scratch. The options might be limited compared to a broader platform like WordPress, but they're specifically chosen to suit academic needs.
WordPress is extremely customizable. With thousands of themes and plugins available, you can modify your website extensively. This also means that you might need more time to explore and understand the best tools for their specific needs.

Maintenance and Updates

Owlstown: As a platform-as-a-service, Owlstown takes care of hosting, maintenance, and server updates for you. You don't have to worry about the technical side of running a website.
WordPress: If using (self-hosted WordPress), you need to manage hosting, updates, backups, and security. However, if using, a lot of this is managed by Automattic, the company behind WordPress.


Owlstown: You can create a free academic website with Owlstown. And it doesn't contain any ads. It's a great way to grow your online presence and present your work professionally. Plans start at $4/month. Owlstown offers discounts with the Owlstown Ace Awards.
WordPress: has a free option, but it contains ads, which is not suitable for academic purposes. You can remove the ads with the cheapest paid plan at $4/month.

You can get the software (, which is free. However, you have to pay for hosting, premium themes, plugins, and other related services. 

Community and Support

Owlstown is focused on academics, so it doesn't have as many users as WordPress. However, this also means that the community is more specialized, with users having similar academic-oriented questions and needs.
WordPress: With a massive global community, users can find answers to almost any question, either through official forums, third-party blogs, or various online groups. However, you might have to sift through a lot of webpages to find answers to specific academic questions.


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