You’re creating a blog. Whether it’s your first, or your hundred and first, you’re nervous. You need to make a decision: self-hosted, or hosted?
Nowadays, WordPress is huge as a blogging platform. Some 25 per cent of all new websites are on WordPress, and some 100,000 new WordPresses are created on wordpress.com (free, hosted blogs) each day, according to WordPress’s stats.
Years, ago, when I started using WordPress, it was safe to host your own sites on your own host. However, over the years, I’ve come to to appreciate Typepad much more. Typepad is a commercial blog host.
There’s a simple reason for this — no headaches. I don’t have to worry about spam, my site being hacked, or anything else. Easy.
Although I love installing WordPress on my own hosts, there’s always a niggling worry. As safe as my hosting providers are, I know there’s a chance I’ll not only have problems, but I’ll have to deal with them.
Let’s look at the benefits of a hosted blog:
* You don’t have to worry about installation and maintenance;
* You don’t have to worry about platform updates;
* When something goes wrong, you send a message, and it’s fixed (if you’re paying for the platform, of course.)
On the other hand, there are huge benefits to hosting your blog on your own web host:
* Endless customization options. You can make your site look like a blog, a standard website, an online store, or almost anything you’d like to do;
* You can tinker as much as you please with your theme. You can install graphics and sidebars right where you want them. You can create customized templates;
* No one can take down your blog without giving you a reason. Occasionally, on the free sites, your blog can vanish. There’s not much you can do about it, other than to complain;
* You can move your website from one host to another.
As you can see, there are benefits to both kinds of platforms. You’ll need to decide what’s most important to you.
The biggest challenge these days however, when you consider a platform for your blog is security.
Security Is Huge: Can You Handle Your Own Security?
You spend a lot of time and money on your blog. You create lots of content, and each article is important to you. Losing your blog can be disastrous, especially if it’s making money for you.
Sadly, chances are that sooner or later something nasty will happen to your blog. When you have complete control, you’ll need to get someone to help you out if your site gets hacked. If your blog is hosted, you don’t have that hassle.
So, with benefits for both self-hosted, and hosted blog platforms, which will you choose?
Here’s my recommendation: if you’re a blogging newbie, go with hosted, until you’re experienced.
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