Hey guys! Welcome back. I am so excited that you are here. Today I wanted to talk about self-hosting, what it means for you and your blog, and why overall it’s really important. Whether you are new to blogging or have been around for a while there are some really big benefits of having a blog that is self-hosted. So I wanted to share more about that today.
What is a self-hosted blog?
That’s the big question. If you don’t quite know what I mean be a self-hosted blog it is a website where you own the domain. If you have started a WordPress site you know that you have the option to do a free website, but your domain will have .wordpress in it. So having a self-hosted blog and purchasing it through one of their plans is the best way to go.
It doesn’t cost as much as you might think. You can look at their plans and decide which one is best for you. And you only pay once a year, so you don’t have to worry about a monthly payment. But this allows you to own your domain and have a self-hosted blog. You can also do this through other blog platforms if you have a different one.
If you are new to blogging and just trying it out, having a free domain might be the best way to go for a while. I had the free domain for quite a while when I first started. But if you are getting serious about blogging and you are ready to take things to the next level, having a self-hosted blog has many benefits.
It looks more professional.
If you are looking to potentially turn your blog into a side hustle or you just have a really big passion for your blog doing well, having a self-hosted blog is the way to go. It makes you look more professional and it shows that you are really passionate and all in on your blog. Having that .wordpress in your blog domain doesn’t look very professional. And if you aren’t looking to be professional you don’t have to worry about that.
But if you are wanting to step up your blogging game and have a more professional look, the best way to start is by purchasing your domain and hosting your own blog. Your readers can tell if you are using a free platform and sometimes it does have an impact on whether they stick around or not. They may not take you as seriously if they see that you aren’t willing to invest in your own blog.
You have more options.
When you purchase even the cheapest WordPress plan available you are already getting more options than you would would the free domain. There are more themes available to you. You have more options as to what you want your blog design to look like. Overall you just have more available to you. I definitely think that’s worth the purchase of your domain. You are buying so much more.
When you go self-hosted, you are getting the options that you didn’t have available to you. You get to control your design, your theme, your colors, and so much more. Who wouldn’t want that? It doesn’t cost that much and you are able to get so much out of it. It goes back to looking professional as well because once you have more options available to you you are able to make it look a bit more professional.
You have more control.
One of the biggest and best benefits of having a self-hosted blog is how much more control you have. And this goes beyond just the options of design. You get so much more flexibility with a self-hosted blog. You can choose from thousands of themes which is great. But you also get to control the footers, the ads, and you can install plugins that help your blog grow even more.
You can also monetize your blog. Since you own it, you get to choose what you do with it. With a free domain you don’t really have that option. Brands don’t really like to sponsor blogs that don’t have their own domain. People usually don’t take opportunities to work with bloggers using a free domain. So if you are looking to monetize your blog in any way, you must first invest in it on your own.
And that is what a self-hosted blog is and some reasons why it is important. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this. Please like it if you did. Let us know in the comments if you have any reasons why a self-hosted blog is a good idea. Don’t forget to follow before you leave if you have not already and I hope to see you next time!