Plaxo and LinkedIn offer a profile similiar to a website where one can create a professional web profile that has linked contacts. It is a one-stop shop for a professional resources for account holders and account viewers. However, it is limited in design. Yet, it is clean and uncluttered.
A website offers the ability to create a professional profile with a lot more creativity. However, one could go overboard with creativity and create clutter instead of a clean, clear, consise website. Also, there is no pre-set links for contacts like Plaxo and LinkedIn offer.