Creating an online presence has become so much easier and affordable, especially with the various free blogging services available. There are a many free blogging services such as WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Blog.com, TypePad.com, Tumblr.com, and Weebly.com. Of these free blogging services, most people use the first two, as they are not only free but offer a great deal of customizable options.
WordPress is the most innovative and powerful blogging platform that is available for free. There are two versions of WordPress.
WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org
WordPress.com – You can choose to host your blog right on the WordPress.com server for free but with limitations (limited storage space, not as many themes/templates or plug-ins/add-ons, you are not allowed to sell anything or promote anything through affiliate marketing).
WordPress.org – You can download the full WordPress platform with no limitations for free and host WordPress on your own web hosting account (self hosted). You can use WordPress how ever you want and will have full access to all of the thousands of free themes/templates and plug-ins/add-ons.
There are significant benefits in choosing a self hosted WordPress.org site over a WordPress.com hosted site.At WordPress.com, many of the additional options and features are something you would have to pay for, with a few of these options being a little overpriced. The cost effective way to use WordPress and take advantage of all the features is to host WordPress on your own hosting account. Compared to any other blogging platform, a self hosted WordPress is by far the best option when it comes to choosing a solution that allows for easy and limitless customization.
Another factor to consider when choosing a blogging platform is that with any of the free blogging services your site can be taken down at anytime and you can lose all of your content. Also there could be ads displayed on your website. In order to avoid the uncertainty of losing your site, the possibility of unwanted advertisements and limitations on customization options, you should simply host WordPress on your own web hosting account. The vast number of plug-ins and themes provide you with a ton of great ways to customize the blog to your liking.
Bloggers prefer using a self-hosted WordPress over Blogger or any other blogging service, because it not only is secure, but it offers a very user-friendly administration panel. Adding content or editing the appearance of your blog is incredibly seamless with the use of WordPress. You will be really surprised at the number of additional functionalities you can activate on your blog with the use of plug-ins.
The only thing you would need in order to have your self-hosted WordPress blog is a domain name and a web hosting account. It is important to select a reputable hosting company that has been in business for a long time, who is known to offer support for WordPress, such as WebHostingHub. You will also be able to purchase a domain name through this hosting company, or you can choose to do so through one the many domain registrars. Once you have your domain name and web hosting account you can install WordPress easily using an auto-installer, located within your web hosting control panel. You can read my step by step instructions on how to get a self hosted WordPress site setup here.