If you’ve thought about starting a blog, you’ve most likely come across the terms free blog host and self-hosted blog. This article will explain each of those terms and the pros and cons associated with both.
Free blog: A blog that resides on the host’s (your blogging platform’s) server (yourblog.wordpress.com, yourblog.blogspot.com etc…).
Pros of free blogs : Easy to start and maintain a blog. No (domain and hosting) costs involved.
Cons of a free blog:
- They appear to be less professional. But if you are not serious about blogging, then you should give it a go.
- Less control over your blog.
- Limited bandwidth for content, videos and images.
- Blogger.com (and some others) does not allow advertisements.
Self-hosted: A blog that resides on the user’s (your) server (e.g., WordPress.org or Moveable Type). When using a non-hosted blogging platform, you must pay a third-party to host your blog (for example iPage blog hosting).
Pros of Self-Hosted blogs:
- Full control over your blog
- Control over permalink names (which can help with SEO).
- Control over how archives and menu’s are managed.
- Unlimited free themes.
- Your OWN domain name
Cons of Self-Hosted blogs: Can be intimidating to new bloggers because they must discover how to set up a server via a third party.
I would suggest that anyone just starting out with a new blog should start with WordPress (BloggingBasics is built on a self-hosted WordPress). It doesn’t matter whether you are choose self-hosted or a free version of WordPress – they are both great.
For more information on choosing a blogging platform, please read