It seems that the number of people who are actually utilizing websites through blogging, storefronts, networks, etc. has been growing at an exponential rate in the past few years. While many people choose to use free blog platforms, many others want complete control over the look and feel and functionality of their website or blogsite so they opt for a premium service. The choice is very individual and may be influenced in large measure by the goals you have set for your site. If you are simply doing a personal journal then a free site may be the way to go but if you are looking for a dynamic site to help propel your business to the next level then a premium, fully customizable site may suit your needs better. The their is the web hosting choice. There are lots of options when it comes to who to use for your webhosting and lots of variables to consider; how much bandwidth is included? is there support? what do current and former clients have to say about them? I would definitely recommend doing an internet search on webhosting and reading through some reviews to see what will suit your particular needs. It is your site. It is your webhost.