People often unsure why they should choose self-hosting. They all start with a free blogging platforms like Blogspot, WordPress or Weebly etc but failed to take it to next level. Free blogger platform is good for the beginner but as you grow into blogging, you must opt for self-hosting to add a lot of new features to your blog and make it professional.
A self-hosting plan gives your own space on the Internet to store file related to your blog like HTML, CSS, images, Video files etc. You will have full control about how the file will be stored on the hosting and what blogging platform you want to choose. It is provided by third party vendor who rents their space by charging a small amount.
Please see the difference between free and self-hosted blog:
|Free Blog||Self Hosted Blog|
|Free Blog||Self Hosted Blog|
|Created using free blogging platform like blogspot or wordpress||Create using paid services like Bigrock,Hostgator etc|
|Normally have website url as yourname.wordpress.com||Own hosting have customized domain name like yoursite.com|
|Comes absolutely free||You need to pay for own domain and hosting as initial cost|
|No way of customizing blog by using CSS or plugin||You can add plugins and change theme css to give professional look to your blog|
|You have limited Limited bandwidth and disk size available from free blogging platform||You can select your own bandwidth and disk size from hosting provider|
Let’s see in detail why you need Self hosting?
More control – A free blog does not have many options to customize the theme or to play around with the plugin. A plugin features with WordPress will let you add all extra features to your blog.
The good part is service provider gives you plugin to directly use it in the WordPress without any technical knowledge. Example are Google Adsense, Disqus comment system, Sumone (for email subscriber and sharing) etc. A lot of plugins are free to use, so just download that to your WordPress and use it.
You can also have access to the entire code of your blog, so you can make adjustments, change required for SEO, header file, site description etc.
CSS is a stylesheet document in the WordPress theme, through which you can customize look and feel of your blog. It contains properties like style, width, color of every element in the page. You can play around with it and change the look of the blog for the self-hosted blog.
The result is your blog look more professional and customized to your brand.
Professional domain name – Every free blogging platform comes with a free domain name with their domain tagged to it. For example- yoursite.blogspot.com or yoursite.wordpress.com. Name like these will not make your blog look professional. Whether it is free or self-hosted, you have to have a domain name of your own.
More bandwidth and memory – A self-hosted blog gives you unlimited bandwidth, more disk space to store your videos and image file. Your blog will not be slow and as the number of user increases. They also provide a free email address with your domain name (Something like [email protected]).
A self-hosted blog also provides you the option of technical support 24*7. You can get in contact with them for any issue with your blog.
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Better Monetization – A self-hosted blog gives you the freedom to choose your advertisers and let you put the ad anywhere in your blog. A free blog often does not let you choose any advertiser. With self-hosted you can better monetize your blog, place the ad anywhere and earn money from blogging. How much it cost?
Conclusion- A free blogging is a platform used by a new blogger to learn how to blog. If you are a serious blogger and want to continue it for a longer period, go for a paid hosting. Use various features of paid hosting for your blog. Make sure when a visitors come to your site, it looks professional and suits your brand and style.
Do you have a free blog and want to switch to self-hosted? Are you confuse whether you should go for paid web-hosting? Do you have any other question? Please use the comments section to share your view.