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Hosting your own blog versus wordpress.com

It’s an old question, argued over countless number of times, with everyone having their own opinion.  Let’s take a look at our options here:

Use WordPress.com as your blog host

This is the first time blogger’s choice, to just open a WordPress.com account and start blogging, but although it may be easy to start with, later on if you decide to move, it can be quite a problem for you.

LINK: http://www.wordpress.com/

Some of the advantages:

  1. Access to pre-installed themes, plug-ins, statistics counters that are both checked & working
  2. Always updated to keep up with any changes in the wordpress software
  3. Free for all users
  4. Full time support for the servers & wordpress account
  5. No coding language skills required, even the most non-tech savvy person can start a blog on wordpress.com
  6. Quick to setup, within a matter of minutes

Disadvantages:

  1. Cannot edit CSS, until the recent addition of PAID editing
  2. Lack of plug-in addition to the site
  3. Limited to what wordpress.com offers you in terms of free services
  4. The limited choice of themes/layouts
  5. When moving to a hosted account from wordpress.com, you will take a huge hit in terms of Google ranking & SEO due to the change of domain names.
  6. You are totally dependent on wordpress.com to keep your account active and hosted, which isn’t such a bad thing, but again, out of your control
  7. You must use a user.wordpress.com sub-domain for your blog address. Domain Mapping may change this, but will be a paid service

Install WordPress on your hosting account

This is the more complicated & costly but ultimately more controllable choice. Advanced users or those who know what they are getting into with a plan and/or a project in mind would be at home here. It’s also recommended over the WordPress.com method as hosting and domain registration are today in the reach of most people with the abundance of offers for the same.

LINK: http://www.wordpress.org/

Here are some of the advantages:

  1. By being involved in your blog, with the back-end code of php, there is greater opportunity for learning
  2. Expand beyond just having a blog when you own & operate your own domain, you can add gallery’s, forums and other avenues to your site
  3. Hosting your own blog can be more personalized in terms of choosing a domain name, that can even further enhance your SEO opportunities
  4. Infinite possibilities with the blog in terms of themes, layout, code, plug-ins, etc
  5. The chances for SEO & ultimately ad-revenue generation is a lot easier when you have 100% control of your blog
  6. The entire revenue generated is yours to keep
  7. There are no limits when you have your WordPress blog hosted
  8. Total control over how your site looks, by way of being able to edit the CSS & PHP files
  9. You can move hosts if you wish to expand and get more resources
  10. Your choice of plug-ins to install & utilize

There are ofcourse disadvantages With iTU at your service, the disadvantages are turned into an advantage.

  1. By having your own domain, you have to pay, for both hosting & domain registration iTU offers domain free with hosting. Hosting your blog is also cheapest with iTU.
  2. By hosting your own account you are faced with the eventuality of having alot of traffic to your site, and being required to move to a higher cost package of hosting. This alternatively can be a good thing as it means the blog can be a very good candidate for ad-hosting via programs like Google Adsense iTU offers unlimited bandwidth to your blog. A Google Adsense account helps you earn and thereby the cost of your blog eventually goes off.
  3. Everything about the account, from security to modifying the website, is only your responsibility iTU Support is always there for your help. With 24×7 support, you can rely on us for any modification in your blog.
  4. If you intend to make money off the blog, you have to take into account the costs of maintaining the website With iTU the cost of maintaining a website is negligible.
  5. Users need some understanding of php and databases in order to get started and progress with their own blog We are here for your help always, even with 0 knowledge, are tutorials and weekly training videos will help you at all steps of blogging.
  6. You don’t get a highly skilled & dedicated team of people at the back of your blog, ensuring that it’s updated for you and includes fully functional working & valid back-end code You need to try us to believe us. iTU’s main aim is  customer satisfaction, and our team is always working on it.
  7. You need to find quality web hosts so you don’t suffer downtime and eventually put off readers from visiting your blog Our servers guarantee a 99.99% up time. Having said that like other hosts in the market, we would like to add, servers are a machine and no one can guarantee its life.
  8. You will occasionally have to deal with unwanted limits, and bad support which can hurt your blog and stunt your blogs growth With 24×7 support, you will never have to complain about it.

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