Hey Inquisitive writers! So you might be wondering what “self-hosted” means, or maybe you’ve heard of it, or maybe you know all about it. In this post I’ll be talking about what it means for your blog and why I might be switching soon.
By the way, this pretty stock image is from The Magical Canopy
Ok, for all you newbie bloggers out there who may not know what “self-hosted” means, it means that you host your own blog. If you have WordPress.com (like me), WordPress.com hosts your blog. “Hosting” means the location of your website files are stored in the internet. WordPress.com is not self-hosted, no matter what plan you get. You can get the personal plan, or premium plan, or business plan, but you’re still with WordPress.com.
**I also talk about the WordPress.com plans here**
Even if you get rid of the “.wordpress.com” on your domain (your domain is your web address. Mine is inquisitivewritersite.wordpress.com) you’re still self-hosted. I personally never invested a penny into my site, just time. I have always stuck with the free plan, because I had no interest in making money from my blog, I just simply wanted to blog. Which is completely fine, nothing is wrong with that!
But after two years I realized that I can make money from blogging, and there are many ways to go from that. But that’s for another post.
Although here’s the thing: even though I’m talking about going self-hosted, you don’t need money to make a good blog, and many people still think that. I follow many bloggers who are on WordPress.com, and other non-self-hosted platforms, and they have awesome content. Let me repeat this: I believe you don’t need money to make an awesome blog. You just need time, dedication, and good content. Money will just help enhance your blog’s look, and other details ,too.
Yet if I believe that you don’t need money to make an awesome blog, why am I talking about maybe going self-hosted? Why am I writing this post?
What is the meaning of life?
I would like to go self-hosted because I want to have more “freedom” with my blog. And what do I mean by “freedom”? I mean that I can customize my theme (which is limited on WordPress.com), put my own ads (which you also can’t do on .com), play around with the html (html is basically the deeper inter workings of a website. If you are self-hosted, you can customize this to make your site more unique. You can read more about it here), and more things that are restricted on WordPress.com
Nevertheless, I am tentative to go self-hosted. Many people have said to me “Yes! You should take the leap! You’ll love it, definitely!” and other things like that. I followed a couple of bloggers that went self-hosted. Some of them told the readers that they were going to take the leap, and some of them didn’t, which left me confused on why their site looked different, and how I couldn’t comment directly from the .com Reader.
This is what a self-hosted site looks like on the .com reader.
Eventually, I lost touch with those bloggers because it was harder to get to their site than other .com sites, from the Reader. Although I do still follow a handful of self-hosted blogs, like the one in the image above. I love this nice WordPress.com community, and I don’t want to leave it, and possibly lose contact with my readers. That’s also why I’m writing this post.
A WordPress.com site in the Reader.
I want to expand my blog, and eventually make money off of it in the long run, but I also would like to keep the same readership I have now.
I hope this post helped you understand what self-hosted means! If you are self-hosted, what is your experience? Did you move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org? If not, do you want to go self-hosted also? These sites also helped me understood what it means ,too:
Hey before you go, I’m
curious inquisitive to know what you think my age is. Don’t worry, it’s anonymous and your result won’t be posted publicly. You can take the poll on the right (or on the bottom if you’re viewing this on a mobile device), or if you’re seeing this in the WordPress.com reader, you can take the poll on the bottom.