The world of blogging has never been easier to get into. In less than 10 minutes, you can spin up a blog and put your ideas out for the world to see. The questions many of us ask ourselves are: where do I begin and what technology should I use?
I am a firm believer that the answer is WordPress. I recommend WordPress to all of my clients because it is the most reliable and easy to use platform out there. WordPress is used by millions of websites and probably behind most of the websites you visit. There are other options like Blogger or Tumblr, but for the purposes of this post I’ll focus on going the WordPress route.
I’ve worked with many bloggers at different stages in their development. Whether you are just starting out or are taking over the blogging world, I recommend you look into moving your WordPress site to self-hosted.
What does self-hosted mean? In a nutshell, self-hosted is when you purchase space on a server and install WordPress on that server. You own that piece of the server and can do whatever you want with it. The alterntive would be going with WordPress.com, which will host your site for you for free…but with limitations.
- Control: With self-hosted, you have complete control over what you do with your site. You can install whatever theme you’d like, any plugins you’d like, and ads you’d like. This level of control truly gives you the ability to call the shots with your website.
- Flexibility: You can decide to switch your design up or start monetizing your site with ease. There are no restrictions put in place and no hidden fees to get additional functionality.
- Cost: When you first start out, you might be looking for something quick, easy, and cheap. If you go with a Shared hosting plan and purchase a domain name, you are looking at around $75 per year.
- Complexity: There are more steps involved when you have a self-hosted account. You’ll need to make sure the site is backed up and that everything is installed properly. This is where partnering with a trusted designer can really make a big difference to reduce the headache / technical learning curve.
In summary, I highly recommend you make the switch to self-hosted if you have not done so already. While there is a small cost to it, the benefits are tremendous and will set you up for success in achieving your goals.
If you are interested in making a move from WordPress.com (or Blogger) to WordPress self-hosted, I’d love to hear from you. I have several affordable packages and take the guess work out of making the big switch. Contact me for more details.
If you’d like to try the migration on your own, I recommend the Hostwinds Basic Shared Hosting plan*. The team over there has great customer service and will have less downtime than folks like Bluehost or GoDaddy. If you are interested in private hosted (not shared with others), contact me for more details on plans that I provide.
Your turn: have you made the switch to self-hosted? What are some of the benefits you’ve seen with making the switch?
* Note: this post contains affiliate links but all opinions and recommendations are my own via years of trial & error.