I love me some blogging, and have since 2006, when I started my first blog.
The other day I gave you a complete step-by-step tutorial for how to launch your own self-hosted blog on WordPress.
In response to the post, I got lots of questions from readers about starting your own blog. One of the most common questions I got was:
Why should I pay to host on WordPress (about $50/year with my special Bluehost deal) when I can get a free blog on Blogger.com?
Here’s my answer. Hopefully, it’ll help;)
When you’re thinking of starting a blog, you’ll quickly find out that there are two main options for “hosting” your blog (keeping your blog live somewhere on the Interwebs):
- Free (through a third-party like blogger.com)
- Paid (called “self-hosting” – this happens on your own .com domain name)
I firmly believe most people will do best with a paid option (I recommend BlueHost, and here’s that simple guide to setting up your blog using Bluehost I mentioned above.)
Although this infographic will show you some of the differences between free and paid hosts, here are my reasons that I personally recommend going with the paid option.
Why I Recommend Paying for Blog Hosting:
Although free options (like Blogger) are indeed FREE, they offer much less functionality than paid options. But that’s not the main reason I don’t recommend them. In the beginning of my blogging days, I started several blogs (maybe more?) on Blogger for free and it gave me a good chance to try blogging without making a monetary commitment. That said, free platforms like Blogger do have limits, and don’t have all the bells, whistles, and functionalities that paid platforms offer.
Like many bloggers, when I did decide I wanted to take my blogging to the next level, I faced a frustrating hurdle: migrating my website from the free Blogger to the paid WordPress. This not only cost me hundreds of dollars, but forced me to deal with rebranding — as the name I had chosen for my original blog on Blogger was not available on the rest of the Interwebs.
All in all: frustrating.
Ultimately, if you think there is a chance you might one day want your blog to be bigger, do more, or take a larger role in your life than it does on Day 1, think about spending the <$50 bucks a year to pay for hosting. It’ll save you money in the long run.
Do you have a blog? Is it self-hosted or on Blogger.com? What do you think about the pros and cons of self-hosting versus having it on a free platform like Blogger.com?