Many of you are using the free WordPress.com platform for their lovely blogs, and are now considering switching to the self-hosted WordPress.org. I know this migration is a process that requires a lot of thought and preparation, so that’s why I decided to help you a little. Down below you will find some of my top five reasons to go self-hosted.
Getting your own domain.
First, and foremost, you will get a name that only you own. If you are unsure what domain is, that’s simply your link. For example, my domain now is siyanaonline.com and if I was using the free WP it would have been siyanaonline.wordpress.com. Let’s be fair, this wordpress bit in my name is annoying. I wanted to get rid of it, so I did.
Also, getting you own pretty name is thousand times more professional. If you are looking forward to working with various big brands, I’m telling you – they will almost always pick somebody with their own domain, rather than somebody else with free WordPress (considering everything else equal of course). I think you can buy your own name and still keep your free WP for $2.99.
Getting any theme in the world you want.
You start from a scratch, so you can pick any theme in the world you want. Using the free WordPress, you are required to pick from a few free themes. However, when switching to a self-hosted WordPress, you will be able to download themes from various stores (Etsy) or third-party developers. Some of the themes will be free, some will be paid, but most of the creators usually offer free adjustments to your own taste.
This goes both ways.
First, using free WP you have numerous ads everywhere on your blog. They belong to WP and that’s the cost you have to pay to use their platform for free. If you like to get rid of their ads, you’ll have to pay a small fee, I believe it’s $30 per year.
Getting self-hosted, you don’t have anything on your blog. WP doesn’t have the right to put their ads up, and even better – you can put your own ads. For example, you can’t use Google Adsense on your free blog, but you can if you are self-hosted.
My blog requires uploading a lot of pictures, and they have to be good quality ones, if I want to keep your attention. Same goes for fashion/travel/photography bloggers. Photos are essential.
Free WP gives me limited space – 3GB. Believe me or not, it was about 30% full after my first three months of blogging, and I wasn’t even posting every day! By the end of the year, I would have probably needed to start a brand new blog, or buy more storage (6GB for $2.99 my cheapest option).
Like I’ve told you in my previous post about my experience going self-hosted, switching platforms cost me about $3 per month, or skipping a cup of coffee for two days. Nothing ultra expensive, right. If you’ve reached up to this point and did some basic calculations you’ll see that using free WP you’ll have to pay separately for:
- getting a cooler domain;
- picking a prettier theme but still within a limited selection;
- getting rid of WP ads;
- getting more storage space;
- and paying for various services (for example, if you need help with the migration, they will do it for you, but for a small fee).
If you want to combine all these and get a plan, you’ll need to pay $2.99 per month for the Personal one, $8.25 for the Premium one, or $24.92 for the Business one. Needless to say that get you get most freedom with the Business plan but why paying $24.92 when you can get the same and even more for $3?
I am biased!
Yes, I am. And I’m not hiding it! I’m happy that I took the decision and finally moved self-hosted and it’s so worth it (for me!!).
If your blog is just a hobby for you, you don’t upload tons of heavy pictures, or you are not planning to work with third parties in the future – yes, maybe you don’t need to take this big step. Maybe, you’ll be absolutely happy with the Personal plan. But if you are planning to take your blog to the next level – you need to switch to self-hosted WP.
As many of you asked about the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, that’s basically what it is. Wordrpress is the whole platform, if you sign up for the .com, you get the free version. If you sign up for another platform, such as SiteGround and then connect to WordPress, you automatically get the .org one. Does that make sense?
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