SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS PUTS YOUR BLOG ON STEROIDS!
Do you have a blog on WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Wix, or another blogging platform and want to take full control over your blog? Then, it’s time to look at moving to Self-Hosted WordPress.
For those confused about what WordPress actually is:
It’s important that you know the difference between WordPress.com (The business) and WordPress (The blog software). WordPress is a 100% free blogging platform. I’m not talking about the blog you can create for free on WordPress.com, I mean the actual platform itself. WordPress, the platform software, has the distinct honor of being a highly configurable Content Management System (CMS). It was originally designed to address the needs of bloggers but eventually evolved into a platform that accommodates plugins and design widgets – adding not only aesthetic value, but also functionality.
Offering WordPress, the blog software, alone for free wouldn’t make them any money. The way they make money (after all they are in business to make money), is through WordPress.com – Where they have made it convenient and easy for you to setup a blog for free, on their domain and hosting server. They make money with all those “premium” features they offer in their Business plan ($299 per year!) Even when you’re using just free plan, they still make money because they put advertisements on your blog posts.
What many don’t realize is that all those premium features aren’t actually limited in the software itself. They have just limited them on your blog. When you move to Self-hosted WordPress you are really just taking WordPress (the software) with all those premium features and installing it on your own host. This means you get full access to all the functionalities of WordPress (the software), that you would otherwise have to pay for to use on WordPress.com (the business).
Until June 2017, my blog had been hosted with Weebly since 2013 when I started with their free platform on their hosting server. Frustrated with the lack on navigation features, being able to be found by Google, and slow load times had wanted to move to a new host for about two years. However, doing it on my own was as terrifying to me as running through the mall naked. Selfhosted.co to the rescue!
I took advantage of our FREE Blog Migration Service and they move all my content. All four years of posts, pages, and content were moved to my new host (I chose to FastComet at only $47.40 a year). They even set setup everything for me just like I requested – theme, widgets, plugins, layout, everything was ready for me to start blogging. All that was left for me to do was shout about how easy it was!
I decided that it was also time to bring my blog into focus and rebrand at the same time. With the blink of an eye and wave of Selfhosted’s magic wand PaulaMS’ Giveaways, Reviews, & Freebies became Sweet Southern Savings and all that was left for me to do was shout about how easy it was! I have been on my new host, using the WordPress platform for about two weeks now. I absolutely love it and how easy moving was. Looking back, I just wish that I made the move sooner.