When you start a new blog you have a lot of choices to make. Besides the obvious of the title of your blog, URL of your blog, and theme of your posts – you also need to decide what platform you’ll be using to host it.
There are many platforms for you to choose from. My blog uses self-hosted WordPress which is also known as WordPress.org.
There are two types of WordPress. WordPress.org is the self-hosted option which means you buy your own hosting, install WordPress on it, and then run the blog yourself. You worry about your own security, but there are virtually no limits on your blog.
The other type of WordPress is WordPress.com. This is where WordPress hosts your blog for you. There is a free plan, but you will not be able to have your own URL on it. It would be yourURL.WordPress.com. If you wanted to have your own URL (domain name) you would need to upgrade your plan.
Here are the pros and cons of each platform so you can decide which one is best for you:
Free up to 3gb of space, once you use more than that you’ll have to pay to upgrade your account)
Free domain name (yourDomain.WordPress.com)
Must upgrade to business plan to get a custom domain name
Only get to choose from a limited supply of themes, can’t use custom themes
Can’t upload plugins.
Doesn’t allow affiliate links
Powered by WordPress.com link at the bottom of your blog that cannot be removed
Can’t use Google Analytics until you upgrade
Can’t sell products on your site
Users can’t register to your site, so you can’t create a membership site
Can upload free and paid plugins
Custom themes from multiple sources or the theme repository
Integrate Google Analytics to monitor your stats from day 1
Create an online story to sell your products
Earn money on your site by integrating ads or affiliate links in your posts
Must keep site updated manually (have to login and click update)
Responsible for backups
Stuck on which one is best for you? Leave a comment below and I’ll help you decide!