If you’ve considered starting a blog, you’ve probably run across the term self-hosted blog. Most people will tell you that a self-hosted blog is the way to go, especially if you’re looking to create a professional image.
But what is a self-hosted blog? And why do you need one if you can just start a blog for free through other services? Below, we explain the details of free and self-hosted blogging platforms, and which one you should choose.
Free Blogging Platforms.
A free blogging platform is one that is just that: it’s free to sign up for an account, get a domain (such as http://www.example.com), and set up your site. You can start your free blog with services like Blogger.com and WordPress.com.
1)There are no initial start-up costs.
2)Free programs like WordPress and Blogger are easy to set up and maintain without any prior website design knowledge.
1) lack of full control over blog 2)difficult to monetize.
–who should use free blogs–
Free blogs are best for people who are just exploring the blogging world or are not very serious about blogging. If you’re just blogging for fun, then by all means start with a free blog!
Self Hosted Blogging Platforms.
A self-hosted blog is one that resides on your own server. Most people, however, pay a third-party to host their blog, which opens them to all the benefits of a self-hosted blog. Sites like iPage (which I recommend), HostGator and Bluehost are among some of the popular companies that provide hosting services. Essentially, these companies rent out digital storage space to users to make running a website possible.
1)you will have full control over your blog 2)you can modify the themes of your blog 3) using a third party host can cost only a few dollars a month.
1) It requires an initial investment.
2) It can be intimidating to new bloggers.
–who should use self hosted blogs–
Since self-hosted blogs look more professional and perform more functions, they are best for businesses. They are also ideal for the individual who wants to improve his or her professional appearance and boost the functions available on his or her website.
In case you are starting a blog using wordpress remember that it has two brabches
1)wordpress.com —-which is used to create a free blogging site 2)wordpress.org —-which is used to setup a self hosted blogging site.
Still confused? Leave me a comment with your question and I will get back to you asap.😊😊