Definition: Hosted Blog

This is part of a series called “The Blogger’s Dictionary”, we’ll be defining everything to do with blogging every Wednesday and Friday for the time being!

So what is a hosted blog? Assuming you know what a blog is then we just need to define “hosted” so what the heck is it?

A hosted blog is where the server (where your blog is stored) is provided by someone else, usually for free. Your blog domain is usually something like

Here are some common examples:

  • Blogger
  • Tumblr

There are lots more options for hosted blogs, but I believe that these are the most popular.


7 Comments on “Definition: Hosted Blog”

  1. Novel Girl says:

    I’ve always wondered the benefits of hosting your own (that little notification that WordPress remind you of : only $17!). Not sure if it really matters besides looking professional (looking like a ‘real’ website name).

    • But that isn’t actually hosting your own site – that’s having your own domain name πŸ˜‰
      Look out for a follow up post on this on Friday – you’ve inspired me!

      • Novel Girl says:

        Thank you because I’m super lost. I hope I get to read it. Can’t wait. (You can tell I’m no internet whiz.)

      • Not being an internet whiz is fine! Don’t worry about being lost, the best thing to do is learn as you go – your blog is definitely very interesting so keep going! You’ve got the most important point of blogging down πŸ™‚

  2. soulcherie says:

    The advantage to host you own blog is also:
    – the possibility to monetize your blog
    – get rid of unwelcome ads
    – install and implement heaps of good plugins
    – better SEO tools
    – having your own domain name
    – more possibilities to customize your blog

    Any more ideas?
    The only husstle you might have is to install for example wordpress on your own server. But once that is done, you are fine πŸ™‚

    • Yes those are definitely some advantages SoulCherie, that’s going to be another post coming up soon – perhaps Sunday or Monday. Of course, some of those advantages can be had on hosted blogs – for example offers the no ads ($30/year), monetization via WordAds (if you have your own domain name) and also the ability to buy your own domain name ($17/year). But I think there are other advantages that people find – like the ability to install plugins in WordPress and choose any theme/create your own from scratch.

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