Moving my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org was one of the best thing that I did for my blog and I recommend that you make the move too. I moved my blog over about a year ago now and I still get questions about how and why I did it. So that’s what I’m going to try to answer today.
I am in no way a self-hosting expert. In fact, I’m probably the opposite but I’ll answer the best that I can.
What is self hosted WordPress?
Self-hosted WordPress simply means that you install the free WordPress software on your own web server rather than having WordPress.com host your blog for you.
You buy a hosting service from one of the hundreds of reputable web hosts out there. I recommend BlueHost and you can sign up by clicking here. BlueHost make it so easy to go self hosted even a technology dummy like myself could do it.
Why I Went Self Hosted?
The main reason that I chose to go self hosted was so that I could have more control over what theme I used. To be honest, WordPress.com themes are very limited and I didn’t find any of them to be suitable for my blog. WordPress.com doesn’t support the vast majority of themes available from 3rd-party developers. So you’re just going to have to get the closest match possible from the much smaller selection of themes that WordPress.com does offer. You could buy a theme from wordpress.com but you are still stuck with their limited customisation options.
Another reason I chose to go self hosted was because with wordpress.com, you’re not allowed to post affiliate links. This makes you unable to earn any money from promoting other people’s products. This is important to me as I earn most my monthly income from affiliate links.
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