I think it’s important for everyone to understand all the options they have before they choose one. There are a lot of free hosts that are perfect for blogging like Blogger and WordPress.com, and there are quite a few hosting companies that will host your blog for you on WordPress.org.
What’s the difference?
On free hosts like Blogger and WordPress.com, you are not really in total control of your blog. If they feel like it, they have the ability to yank your blog out of the blogosphere. It’s also a bit harder to fully customize everything on those hosts. On the other hand, self hosting on WordPress.org let’s you have more of a free reign when it comes to doing what you want. You can live in peace knowing that your blog is safe and can’t be “removed” without warning. The big difference is how much money you will spend. Free hosts are well… free, while you usually have to pay $80 + to self host and don’t forget about buying your own domain.
Which free host is better?
What about paid hosting?
I have no clue. I have no experience with self hosting at all so I can’t really say much on the subject only that it’s a lot of money if you are used to not paying anything. Besides the cost there is to actually host the blog, you might need to hire someone to transfer everything on your blog to WordPress.org. And after that, if you’re going to self host, you might as well buy your own domain…
Which one to choose?
In the end it all depends on how much you are willing to spend and your ideas for the future. You don’t have to be self hosted to have a lot of followers, but you do have to be dedicated. If blogging is just a hobby, it’s probably best to stick to a free host. If you see blogging as a serious passion, then maybe self hosted is for you. It really all depends on you.
On that note, if you are self hosted where did you buy your hosting from?
Are there any companies you would recommend?