When comparing Wordpress.com vs GitLab Pages, the Slant community recommends GitLab Pages for most people. In the question“What are the best hosting solutions for personal websites/blogs?” GitLab Pages is ranked 3rd while Wordpress.com is ranked 7th. The most important reason people chose GitLab Pages is:
Gitlab pages are quick and simple to setup, with [documentation](http://doc.gitlab.com/ee/pages/) that's short and fast to read through.
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Pro Huge collection of free and paid themes out of the box
Pro Pretty easy to create and maintain a blog
Pro Import from other blogging platforms
Such as blogger.
Pro Bulk media options
Pro Widget management
Pro Support sort post by name
Pro Powerful analytics out of the box
Pro Plugins for every occassion
There are a wealth of plugins that can cater for just about every requirement you may have, and many of these plugins are free.
Pro Easy to setup
Gitlab pages are quick and simple to setup, with documentation that's short and fast to read through.
Pro Regular updates
GitLab is being constantly worked on and has a new release every month.
Pro Free private repositories
On gitlab.com you can have free private repositories.
Pro Open Source
Unlike BitBucket or GitHub, GitLab itself is Open Source. Even EE (which is needed for pages, but is free on Gitlab.com) is "source available".
Con Post must has category else it will be labeled as uncategorized
Plugin cannot be used, custom html/css, Date Permalink cannot changed on free wordpress
Con Slow Speed
Navigating between action took around 3-5 seconds and longer for bulk action.