I talked recently about adding a responsive WordPress theme to my blog, and even about hacking one of my favorite WordPress plugins in order to add the “via @handle” to the JetPack Sharing Buttons for WordPress, but it occurred to me that some of you may not actually be running a self-hosted blog.
If you’re not; if you are one of those bloggers under the mistaken impression that a free hosted account at WordPress.com is just as good as owning your own domain; or even worse, if you are on Blogspot.com… Lets talk.
First and foremost trust me when I tell you that no one, and I do mean NO ONE is going to take you, or your blog seriously if you are sporting a URL like
It’s 2014, registering a domain and paying for hosting is part and parcel to owning a business. So, suck it up, put on your big blogger pants, and get yourself a self-hosted WordPress blog already.
A self-hosted WordPress blog offers you the ability to:
- Upload, modify and edit WordPress plugins and themes
- Add affiliate links
- Offer advertising opportunities
- Establish an ecommerce platform
- Utilize file transfer protocol or FTP access
Besides, it isn’t actually all that hard, or that expensive to make the jump. Simply register your domain and find a decent web host offering automated WordPress installation. Boom! You’re on your way.
Stop agonizing over it and start implementing it… There is no perfect platform, but WordPress is pretty close. There is no perfect web host, even if you are prepared to pay a huge price for your hosting needs, it really doesn’t guarantee that your host is any good. So choose the host with the best trade-off between price, reliability and features. The bottom line is. Do it.
If you’re asking for a recommendation I can tell you that since it’s launch I have hosted Social Vernacular with iPage–a US based company hosting business, personal, social and non-profit websites for more than 10 years–and I’ve been quite happy so far. Before I tell you what iPage offers I’d like to disclose that iPage is not only my web host, I am also an iPage affiliate. I will receive compensation should you create an iPage account. With that being said I would recommend iPage regardless of compensation because I believe they offer solid balance between price, reliability and features.
- Unlimited hosting space
- Unlimited data transfer
- Free domain registration
- One click WordPress installation
- Good Support Service
- A decent hosting uptime record
And all of that is covered in the iPage Essential Plan for $1.99 a month. Like I said earlier a self-hosted WordPress blog isn’t actually all that expensive, and if you’re still hung up on thinking a self-hosted WordPress blog is too hard to set up watch this:
Whether you end up going with iPage or not I hope I have convinced you to make the jump into a self-hosted WordPress blog. So… Are you running a self-hosted WordPress blog? Which host are you using Let’s compare notes! Leave a comment below and discuss via Twitter and Facebook.