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Self-Hosted Blogs are Better

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on May 14, 2011

The recent outage for Blogger.com has caused chaos for many bloggers.  Blogger is an easy to use interface, but as the problems have shown, it is owned by someone else and when something goes wrong, you have no control over it.  WordPress.com blogs have the same problem — someone else owns them and you have no  control over maintenance issues.  There is a third option, however, that gives you a lot more control.

The third option is a self-hosted WordPress blog.  Self-hosted means you have an account with a company that provides space on their servers for you to use.  While you are still vulnerable if their servers go down, a reliable host company has redundant systems so if one part has a problem, they can shift everything around temporarily and keep you going while they fix it.

There are many hosting companies out there.  I have used a couple, and prefer HostGator.  They are reasonably priced, the help people are very professional and reasonable, and they will help you bring your blog over from Blogger or WordPress.com so you do not lose everything.  They also let you have unlimited blogs for a very reasonable price.

WordPress does have a bit of a learning curve.  I can help with that.  I set up the plugins, arrange the sidebars the way you want, fix the settings, and get everything working well for $50 a blog.  That includes an About Me page, a Disclaimer page, and a Home page in addition to the blog.  I will also tune existing self-hosted WordPress blogs for the same price.  All you have to do is post your content and you are good to go.

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Nabil May 14, 2011 at 11:13 am

Thanks for realizing this, Stephanie! I don’t know how many times I’ve told my friends to not use services like those for blogging. They most probably will get shut down without your confirmation sometime in the near future.

I love Wordpress. The self-hosted version that is 🙂

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Haley | Girl About the World May 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I had a Blogger blog marked as spam and shut down. Even though it definitely wasn’t a spam blog, I never got it back. Since then, I’ve self-hosted and had everything backed up weekly, which gives me a lot more confidence that I won’t lose everything again.
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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 14, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I have heard horror stories about Blogger.com and Wordpress.com, but never any proof. Still, I am on a self-hosted blog, back up daily, and am grateful of that everytime something happens on either of them.

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Melissa May 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

Yes, its true. Blogger has pushed me to the edge and as soon as the Blogathon is over I’m switching. I like to have better control over everything anyway so this is a good thing for me. Thankfully with the recent breakdown at Blogger I wasn’t harmed, just postponed from posting that day. I’m sure Blogger is going to feel the pain of the loss of so many bloggers leaving because of it. Lesson learned and soon it will be time for an upgrade. Thanks for the suggestion on web hosts because its hard to know who is good and reliable.

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Stephanie Suesan Smith May 16, 2011 at 5:50 am

Glad to help. Hostgator made my switch as painless as possible.

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