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Self Hosting your Blog?

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Now that you have decided to blog the decision to host your own blog or get a free service such as blogger.com.  It can be a dilemma but we will go over the pro’s and con’s so you can decide. It can be a difficult decision for many of you. There is no perfect solution. I guess that is why the pro’s and con’s.

Fortunately, you should be able to make the best decision for you if you are armed with adequate knowledge of both. We will go over services like blogger.com and others including software that allows you to host your own blog. After going through this information you will know which is best for you.

First question you may have is “who offers free blog hosting?”  Many sites offer free blog hosting. Among them are Forumer, , BlogEasy, Aeonity, BlogThing and Blogates. A quicksearch for “free blog” on Google reveals many possibilities.

Next would be, “what software can I use to host my own blog?” Like free blog hosting, there are many possibilities for software that makes hosting your own blog easy. Most of them are free to use. These include:

WordPress(the most popular software), Apache Roller, Blosxom, Geeklog, Textpattern, LifeType

There is blog software you can purchase for use on your sites and they are:

Community Server, Movable Type and Radio Userland

 

There is one negative  about using software and hosting your own blog. That is the process can often times get complicated. You have to download the software and install to your server and sometimes that doesn’t always go so easily. If you are experienced in installing software than it can be pretty simple. If not than it can be pretty frustrating.

Should I remotely host my blog through Blogger? Places like Blogger allow you to host your blog there. It’s a good option for many people.

Now for the pros:

It’s easy to set up and maintain a blog. You don’t have to go  through the trouble of installing software and configuring it to work on your server. All you have to do is sign up for an account and start posting. It’s friendly for beginning bloggers. Sites that host blogs offer good tutorials on how to make your blog postings, so that even someone who is completely new to the concept of blogging can do it easily. Most blog hosting sites are completely free to use. There is no need to pay for things like a domain name and hosting. Monetizing your blog is easy. Rather than having to manually put HTML/Java codes on your blog to manually set up things like AdSense and Pay Per Click advertising, you can select an option on most blog hosting sites that does much of the work for you.

Here we go for the Cons:

You don’t have as many options to customize your blog. Remotely hosted blogs are admittedly somewhat limited in terms of what you can actually do on them. You have to stick with what is provided to you in terms of look and features. The URL you get is always yourname.BLOGSITE.com. You don’t get to have a custom domain name like YOURNAME.com. This can possibly hurt traffic to your blog. Blogs hosted on free blog sites don’t look as professional as self hosted blogs.

The  Pros are again the more options and flexibility. You can do all the tweaking you want to make your blog to your liking. Your URL is your address for your blog. Rather than having go to where your blog is hosted to read it, they can read it right from your site. The ability to make your blog look professional. Blogs that are hosted on sites of their own tend to look a lot better than those hosted on free sites. More space for your blog. Free blog sites usually place a restriction on how much space you have for things like photos and music. By hosting your own blog, you are able to use as much space as you need.

Some cons to think about:

There are sometimes problems with setting up blog software to run on your site and server. If you aren’t experienced when it comes to working with mySQL, the process will be hard. Updates aren’t as easy to post. You have to manually set up programs to monetize your blog. If you are good with HTML/Javascript, this should not be to hard. You have to pay for your own hosting and domain.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both. Which should you choose? Well, it depends on who you are and what you intend to use your blog for. If you intend to use it for business, then a self-hosted blog is the best idea. If it’s a personal blog, then a free hosted blog will probably be fine for you. Closely examine all of the pros and cons mentioned above. That way, you’ll be able to make the best decision for you!

Good Luck in your decision making! 🙂

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