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The Advantages of a Self-Hosted Blog

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Yesterday we looked at what self-hosted is, now I want to look at the advantages of a self-hosted blog.

Domain Name

This isn’t unique to a self-hosted blog, but if you’re self-hosted then you will usually have your own domain such as “myblogname.com”. This is an advantage because if you decide to move your blog for any reason then you will still be in the same place. Think of it as moving house but keeping the same phone number.

Control
This is a biggy. You are completely and utterly in control of your blog. Do you want to have adverts? Go for it! How about affiliate links? A customized theme? All 100% possible if you host your own blog.

Looks
This comes under control, but you can customize your theme however you like with a self-hosted blog. With WordPress.com you have to pay $30 a year to customize your theme with CSS, and that’s providing you can get a theme that looks pretty much how you like in the first place. You can buy your own theme, create one or choose any free theme on a self-hosted blog.

Flexibility
If you’re choosing WordPress.org or most other Blogging Systems to self-host you get a lot of extra flexibility. For example you can install plugins to add a forum to your website, add a shop, improve your search engine optimization, or do pretty much anything you like! You could even create your own social network.

Those are pretty much all the advantages of self-hosting a blog, check back on Tuesday for the disadvantages!

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