Choosing your blog

There are lots of different blog hosts out there, and as a professional I firmly recommend WordPress, just because it has so much flexibility. There are different versions of WordPress, however. Read about some of the differences in last week’s article (link) and then read on to find out about the pros and cons of using WordPress.com.

WordPress.com Benefits

  • It’s free and much easier to setup
  • Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc
  • Your blog is on hundreds of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
  • Your posts are backed up automatically
  • You get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags
  • You can find like-minded bloggers using tag and friend surfer
  • Your login is secure (SSL) so no one can get into your account if you use wifi

WordPress.com Cons

  • You cannot run a custom theme (that’s what affects how your site looks) without joining the VIP programme
  • You can’t customise the PHP code behind your blog without joining the VIP programme  – this affects integrating some ways to make money like affiliate schemes and payment buttons from some providers.
  • You can’t upload plugins without joining the VIP programme

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