To self host or not to self host? That was the question…
I realized if I wanted to grow my blog I either needed to get the premium package or self host my own site. I read articles and articles about both options. I’m not by any means a tech savvy person, nor am I particularly fond of reading long, informative articles about subjects I don’t understand well. After my research (and the making of my decision) I decided I should make a post to sort of ‘dumb down’ the difference between the two.
To Break It Down The Simplest Way…
Pros: This option gives you way more freedom to customize. From my understanding it’s basically unlimited when it comes to themes and plug-ins. The blog is 100% yours with no limitations. Plus you can remove ads (or add your own) and get a url without “wordpress” in it.
Cons: You’re in charge of your sites upkeep which means security, updates and back ups. Any site issues you have are on you. Also, there’s more steps and more to learn with this option.
(Side Note: It seems that Bluehost is one of the most popular and highly recommended choices)
Pros: You get rid of the “wordpress” part of your url, you get access to more customizing options, and also the option to remove ads (or add your own). It’s very simple to sign up and you get help from WordPress with security, updates and all that.
Cons: You still have limits with customizing.
Basically, it blows down to preference.
Customization vs Convenience
If you’re serious about your blog, love customization and are relatively tech savvy self hosting may be a good option for you.
Personally, I love the simplicity of going Premium along with the peace of mind that my blog doesn’t fall completely on my shoulders. As a wife and mother I simply don’t have the time or energy to be figuring out security and updates (although the process is probably simple).
A lot of people are concerned with the limits on design, but I feel that premium gives me enough options to allow my blog to have it’s own look and feel.
Overall I’m quite pleased with premium package but you have to make a decision that’s personally best for you and your blog. I hope this article helped to simplify the options a bit.
Thanks for reading!