When deciding to work with WordPress as a framework for your web site or blog, you have two options.
- The first option is that you can use the hosting provided by WordPress.com, and choose to either use a subdomain or your own domain.
- The second option you’re presented with is self-hosting your WordPress site.
Unfortunately, many consumers and businesses are unable to distinguish between the differences these two options present. Today, we’re going to be looking at some of the advantages of self hosting your own WordPress site, as opposed to hosting it through using the service at WordPress.com.
The first benefit of self hosting your WordPress site is that you’ll be able to take complete advantage of the plugin functionality that WordPress presents. Unfortunately, when you use WordPress’ hosting solution, you are unable to install any and all plugins into your installation. Only those plugins WordPress.com let you. As such, you aren’t able to take full advantage of the software. WordPress is powerful because of the third-party plugins that have been built. Not to mention, you’ll be able to take complete control of the themes which you use and the reliability of your businesses website.
Here is a simple infographic kindly provided by WPMU.org to further explain the difference between the two options.
In short, when you choose to use the standard, WordPress.com hosting provided by WordPress themselves, you cannot take full control of your own website. You’re limited by their own restrictions. As such, self-hosting your WordPress site is always preferred in all cases, as you’ll be able to completely optimize your site for you and your visitors/customers.
Lastly, hosting your WordPress site with an experienced, friendly web host ensures you get the support you need, wehn you need it. As always, you get what you pay for and free hosting services won;t provide the dedicated support a serious web site owner demands or expects.