Deference Between Hosted and Self-Hosted Blogging Platforms

If you want to start your blogging journey you must rely on blogging platforms. Depending on the blogging platforms, your blogging business can build or break.

Blogging platforms

What is a blogging platform?

A blogging platform is a service or software which helps you to run and show your blog on the internet.

Types of blogging platforms

Blogging platforms are two types.

  1. Hosted blogging platforms, and
  2. Self-hosted blogging platforms

1. Hosted Blogging platforms

Hosted blogging platforms are those which are free. You can sign up for an account and host your blog on these platforms without any cost.

If you are extremely want to have a blog but in a tight budget, I would recommend starting one with hosted blogging platforms.

For those who are in the tight budget, I’ve listed some of the popular hosted blogging platforms below.

Most popular hosted blogging platforms are,

  1. Blogger
  2. WordPress.com
  3. Tumblr
  4. Medium
  5. Wix

2. Self-hosted blogging platforms

Self-Hosted blogging platforms are those which you have to pay for hosting your blog. These blogging platforms might be free but you have to host them on a third-party hosting account. Such as “wordpress.org“.

You can use wordpress.org free but you have to host this blogging platform somewhere else.

Top self-hosted blogging platforms are,

To make the things clear to you I would like to describe some terms related to hosted and self-hosted blogging platforms.

Terms related to blogging platforms

Sub-Domain: Sub-domain is a part of the main domain. If you want to start your blog on hosted blogging platforms then you’ll get a sub-domain instead of your main domain.

Suppose, if I want to host “SharpBlogger” on a hosted blogging platform like blogger then my blog address will be “sharpblogger.blogspot.com“.

Similarly, if I want to host this blog on wordpress.com then my blog address will be “sharpblogger.wordpress.com“.

Domain: Domain is the address of your blog. Such as “sharpblogger.com“. This is the domain of this blog.

If you want to start your blog on self-hosted blogging platforms you have to buy a domain.

Custom Domain: Most of the hosted blogging platforms give you an option to host your own domain. Thus your blog address will look like, for example, sharpblogger.com instead of sharpblogger.blogspot.com.

When you host your own domain on hosted blogging platforms it is called custom domain.

Hosting: When you are blogging on Self-hosted blogging platforms, you have to buy hosting space from third-party hosting service providers. And you have to host your domain and blogging software on that hosting server.

In hosted blogging platforms you don’t have to buy hosting space and you don’t have to install blogging software. Hosted blogging platform provides you space for your blog and blogging software are pre-installed there.

I think you have understood what is hosted blogging platform and what is self-hosted blogging platform so far.

Now we’ll see what are the difference between them.

Difference between hosted and self-hosted blogging platforms

Below are a few differences between Hosted and Self-hosted blogging platforms.

Difference 1:

  • In Hosted blogging platforms you’ll get a subdomain for your blog instead of a full domain (some of them give you an option for hosting custom domain).
  • In a self-hosted blogging platform, you must have your own domain.

Difference 2:

  • In hosted blogging platforms you don’t have to buy hosting space. You’ll get it free.
  • In self-hosted blogging platforms, you have to buy hosting space from a third-party hosting service provider.

Difference 3:

  • In hosted blogging platforms you don’t have to install blogging software. They are pre-installed there.
  • In self-hosted blogging platforms, you have to install blogging software before doing anything.

Difference 4:

  • In hosted blogging platforms you’ll get limited server space for your blog.
  • In self-hosted blogging platforms, you can buy as much space as you want for your blog.

Difference 5:

  • In hosted blogging platforms someone may access your account and control your blog.
  • In a self-hosted blogging platform, no-one can access your account and no one can control your blog without your permission.

Difference  6:

  • In hosted blogging platforms you don’t have much flexibility to customize your blog.
  • In self-hosted blogging platforms, you have more flexibility to customize your blog using plugins.

We have seen some of the major differences between hosted and self-hosted blogging platforms.

Now I’ll make a list of the advantages and disadvantages of both hosted and self-hosted blogging platforms.

Advantages of Hosted blogging platforms

Advantages of hosted blogging platforms are,

  • Hosted blogging platforms are free. You can open an account and run your blog almost instantly without any cost.
  • Most of the hosted blogging platforms provide you an option to set up a custom domain for your blog. It helps you with branding your blog.
  • On hosted blogging platforms you don’t have to install any blogging software. They are pre-install on the server.

Disadvantages of hosted blogging platforms

Disadvantages of hosted blogging platforms are,

  • Although most of the Hosted blogging platforms give you an option to host your blog on a custom domain. But initially, you have to launch your blog on a subdomain.
  • Hosted blogging platforms give you limited space for your blog. If your blog grows, you’ll run out of space at some point.
  • In hosted blogging platforms you have limited control over your blog.
  • In hosted blogging platforms someone may access your account and close your blog without giving you any prior notice. You’ll lose years of hard work without knowing any reason.

Advantages of self-hosted blogging platforms

Below are the advantages of self-hosted blogging performs.

  • You’ll have full control over your blog in self-hosted blogging platforms.
  • You can host your blog directly on your domain.
  • In self-hosted blogging platforms, you’ll never run short of space. You can buy as much space as you want.
  • In self-hosted blogging platforms, you have the flexibility to control and design your blog as you want.
  • You have full access to your root folders in self-hosted blogging platforms.

Disadvantages of Self-hosted blogging platforms

Below are the few disadvantages of self-hosted blogging platforms

  • You have to pay for hosting in self-hosted blogging platforms.
  • You have to buy a domain first to set up your self-hosted blog. You have to invest in that before running your blog online.
  • On self-hosted blogging platforms, you can customize your blog as you want by using plugins.

I’ve discussed some major advantages and disadvantages of both hosted and self-hosted blogging platforms.

Now let’s see who should use which blogging platforms.

Who should use hosted blogging platforms?

If you are just starting your blogging journey and are in a tight budget then you may use hosted blogging platforms. A hobby blogger can definitely use hosted blogging platforms.

You don’t have to pay for anything in the hosted blogging platform. However, if you want to give your blog some professional look then you can buy a domain as much as 12$ for a year.

Who should use self-hosted blogging platforms

If you want to blog professionally and want to earn money blogging then you should blog on self-hosted blogging platforms.

You have to pay for hosting as low as 3$ for a month and you also have to buy a domain as much as 12$ for a year.

Conclusion

If you want to blog professionally and have a budget to invest (after all it is a business) you should start your blogging journey on self-hosted blogging platforms. I strongly recommend it. Please don’t ignore this. Hosted blogging platforms will limit your earning potentiality.

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