Before you move further I want to ask you a question.
Have you read my previous posts?No. You must read them, they are worth. If your answer is Yes, go ahead.
Till now you must be aware of blogging basics and thinking to start blogging if not started yet. I have a suggestion for you “Ya it’s important”. You better choose to start with paid web hosting, but I know there must be a question wondering in your mind why to pay when you’re getting free blog hosting?
Almost every blogger would suggest you to go with paid hosting, if you want to create a professional image.
But what is a paid web hosting? And why paid web hosting is better than free blog hosting? Why we choose paid web hosting when we are getting it for free? Below I am going to explain pros and cons of both blog on paid hosting and blog on free hosting.
What is Free Blog hosting?
In the free blog hosting platform you just have to sign up on their website and get a domain like www.example.blogspot.com or www.example.wordpress.com, and design your site with their template. You can start free blog with blogger and WordPress.
Using Blogger and WordPress.com you can create your blog within a minute even if you’re not internet savvy. But in actual you do not have a complete domain but for sure it’s a sub domain. For example blogger give you “domain.blogger.com” and WordPress gives you “domain.wordpress.com”. These domain are sub-domains of Blogger and WordPress. Every free blog hosting provider work on same principle.
Some bloggers might ask Can I still rank in the search engines? Yes. Will it affect your ranking? Yes, but it need a harder effort than owned domain.
The thing which you get on this is your domain name with others tag embeds within. Enough of giving defining free blogging platform, now I will move onto some of their characteristics.
Pros of a free blog hosting
No initial set up cost is required.
Like Blogger and WordPress already have everything ready for you, only you need to write post.
Cons of a free blog
Till the time you don’t pay, on your own domain name you will have to tackle domain name of service provider such as www.example.blogspot.com.
Free blog looks less professional.
You have less control over your own blog, limited plug-in, limited CSS design.
You have limited bandwidth, less memory for video and images but blogger provides you unlimited space.
Free platform limit advertisement on your blog, they allow you to put ads what they want.
What types of costs are involved?
A free blog is totally free of cost. You don’t have to pay even a single penny. But if you want your own domain you will have to pay, it is not much as you think, it would be around $ 10. Moreover you can hire a designer if you want but it is not necessary WordPress have lot of theme.
Who should use free blog hosting?
Free blog are for people who are blogging for fun and are not serious about it. For example if anybody wants to learn basics of blogging, then I suggest for free blog but after learning make sure you get your own custom domain i.e. paid hosting.
What is it? A paid web hosting is one which saves all your data on your server. Most people, however, pay a third-party to host their blog, which opens them to all the benefits of a self-hosted blog. Sites like Name Cheap and Godaddy are among some of the popular companies that provide hosting services. Essentially, these companies rent out digital storage space to users to make running a website possible.
Pros of a paid web hosting
You are the owner and have full control on your blog, everything like its layout, search engine optimization, advertising revenue, additional functions, and more.
You can install any theme that suits your niche.
You have completed access to your file directory.
The hosting company charges you only some dollars.
Cons of a paid web hosting
Initial investment is required.
It can be intimidating to new bloggers.
What types of costs are involved?
With self-hosting, you have to pay for hosting .Once you take hosting services you will get a lot of services as add-ons but if you want to upgrade to any premium services then you have to pay extra, but you get extra services even. The good news is that hosting can cost under $5 per month. Within self hosted platform many things you will free of cost but some are chargeable like full version of most plug-in cost you.
Who should use paid web hosting?
Self hosted blogs looks more professional and they are best for business purpose. They are become ideal for the individual who wants to improve his or her professional appearance and boost the functions available on his or her website.
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
Lots of people are always confused on one topic, what is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
What is WordPress?
WordPress is an Open Source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. WordPress was created by a community of developers, and it is now a free blogging platform that can be used on a free or paid blogs.
To start free blogging with WordPress you need to sign up in this site and start writing. WordPress.com is run by Automatic, a company created by WordPress’s co-founding developer Matt Mullenweg. Here you can use limited version of WordPress Software with your content hosted on their servers.
WordPress.org, offers you complete use of their software which was not WordPress.com. However in order to use it, you will have to find a host for your website. This is where third party’s role comes up and then you will get option to install WordPress.
If you are sure where to go, then they have very offers for you, you set up your free blog with WordPress.com and afterwards upgrade it to self hosted one. This way you will lose nothing. The good news is that once you find a host, they can usually help you install WordPress on your site, and then you can enjoy the easy-to-use software with full control over your site.
When I started blogging even I was confused and always searched free blog hosting versus paid web hosting, but once I used free blogging platform i.e. blogger. I got the answer. So I thought to write this article for my readers.
What you think?
After starting my first blog on blogger i.e. free blog hosting I learnt a lesson, if you’re serious about blogging better set and get paid web hosting to create professional image. It has several advantages. I think free blog hosting even have some advantages. What you say? Please share your views below.
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