Whoa, it’s been a while since I written a “Thoughtful”… but anyways today I want to talk about the pros and cons of self hosted WordPress. And when I say self hosted, I mean WordPress.org, not WordPress.com (WordPress.com is free and similar to Blogger). I recently, if you count last June recent, moved from Blogger to WordPress because I was starting to take blogging a lot more seriously and Blogger just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. But more about that later. Let’s get started.
Self hosted WordPress is not free. You usually have to pay somewhere between $5 and $15 a month to host your blog on someone else’s servers. That being said…
Because you’re paying, there are less restrictions on what you can and cannot post. No, you don’t have to worry about posting too many blitzes or participating in blog tours. No, you don’t have to worry about your blog being yanked off the internet because someone (cough, Blogger/Google) decided it was inappropriate or because it was violating the terms of agreement. Yes, you can embed things like Rafflecopter unlike cough, WordPress.com.
Think of it like you’re renting a space out to store your blog. It’s kind of like renting an apartment. You pay the landlord (the hosting company) for a space to live and store your stuff (to host your blog). Hosting your blog on Blogger or WordPress.com is more like sharing an apartment (server) with your boyfriend (Blogger or WordPress.com) that he pays for. Everything is fine when your relationship is all hugs and kisses. But when things start to go south and you guys go splitsville, that’s when you are in trouble. Technically, the boyfriend has the right to kick you (and your stuff) out of the apartment because its his and not yours. But if you were the one renting, you wouldn’t be in that position.
Once you start paying a company to host your blog on their server so you can use WordPress.org, you have to keep paying them. If you stop paying your host, you need to start paying another. That’s the only way you can insure that you keep your content online. If you stop paying, they have the right to pull your stuff off their server, and thus off the internet. Just like if you stop paying your landlord, he/she has the right to evict you from the apartment. So if you want to take a hiatus, you still have to pay the hosting company. Just like if you go on vacation, you still have to pay the landlord.
I think this is the most annoying aspect for me. Paying isn’t really a problem for me – I just sacrifice some of my book buying money to host the blog, but it bothers me when I feel like I’m wasting money. And I feel like I’m wasting money when I take hiatus. Life (cough, school and college preparation) gets in the way of everything and blogging is no exception. There are a lot of times when I feel pressured to post something because it feels like I’m just throwing away $8 if I decide to take a hiatus for a month.
Plugins! Plugins, plugins, plugins. What would I do without plugins. If I’m being honest, the idea of being able to use plugins like the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin was one of the major reasons why I decided to switch from Blogger to WordPress. Plugins just make life so much easier and make the process of writing posts (and yucky reviews) go so much faster.
|Pros and Cons of WordPress.org|
|Less restrictions||Costs money|
|Plugins!||You have to keep paying, even when you’re on hiatus|
NOTE: This is purely based on my experience (and knowledge) of self hosted WordPress so far. Like I mentioned earlier, I really haven’t been using WordPress for that long, less than a year.
What do you think?
Is there something you would add?