One of the most difficult decisions that a beginner blogger has to take is to decide whether to go for a self-hosted blog or not. As a beginner, most of the bloggers prefer hosted blogging platforms such as Tumblr, WordPress.com or Blogger just because the fact they do not have to pay for web hosting.

 

Benefits of Self Hosted Blogs

However, free hosting is not the only thing that you should consider while deciding between hosted and self-hosted blogging platforms. Because, free hosting blogging platforms restrict some features that you may need to integrate in your blog, in future.

Following are the benefits of self hosted blogs which will help you decide why you should go for self hosted blogs.

1. SEO Friendly:

The first and most important thing that gives self-hosted blogs edge over the hosted blogs is that they are Search Engine Optimization (SEO) friendly. There are different SEO plugins available that can be integrated in your blog to pin your blog at top in Search Engine Result Page (SERP) which means that you have more chances to get a lot of organic visitors through different search engines if you go for self hosted blog.

2. Gain Access To Blog Code:

The worst thing about hosted blogs is that you cannot get access to the code of your blog which means, if you want to make any changes to your blog, you cannot. On the other hand, in self-hosted blogs, you can easily get access to the coding section of your blog to make whatever changes you want to make in it such as customizing header, footer, slider, sidebars, etc. Thus, with a self hosted blog, you can make any or every amendment you want to make in it.

3. Control Appearance:

Once you choose to be self-hosted, you get control over the appearance of your blog. There are thousands of templates and themes, available for free, from which you can choose the one that fits you and integrate it in your self-hosted blog to give it a customized look. You can further customize ready-to-integrate themes to give your blog a more personalized look and feel.

4.Wide Range Of Plugins:

As mentioned above, there is a wide range of plugins available that can be integrated in self-hosted blog to make it look customized. Similar to SEO plugins, there are different plugins available for different purposes such as social sharing plugins, gallery plugins, ecommerce plugins, author bio plugins, recent post plugins, etc. Sharing plugins are one of the best plugins which help your readers to share your post on their social media profiles which can help you get visitors from those social media networks.

5.Turn Website Into Online Store:

Self-hosted blogs give you freedom to transform your website into an online store. There are different ecommerce themes available that can change your blog into a complete online store. Also, there are different cart plugins available which can be integrated in your blog to make purchases and payment processing easier for your customers.

6.Advertise To Generate Revenue:

Mostly hosted blogging platforms do not allow you to display ads either by Google or any other advertiser which means that you cannot generate revenue through your blog and all efforts that you have put in to take your blog on top will be wasted. So, if you want to make money out of your blog, then you must go for self-hosted blog.