5 Reasons A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog Is The Best

So you’re ready to start your blog.

You have a great idea, a terrific name, and you’re ready to share your stuff with the world. It’s so exciting!

self hosted WordPress blog

But then, before you even get started, you have to make a HUGE decision. Where do you set up your blog? There are so many options. Do you choose Squarespace? WordPress? Blogger? How do you know, when you’ve barely even dipped your toe into the blogging world?

Whenever beginner bloggers come to me with this question, I always direct them to WordPress. (That’s WordPress.org, the self-hosted platform, not WordPress.com, the free platform.) WordPress is simply the best platform out there, hands down. And here’s why.

1. With WordPress, You Can Get A Theme That Fits You Perfectly

Most of the web building platforms out there give you a dozen or so themes to choose from, binding you to their limited options. And you can’t do very much customization inside of the theme itself, either. So if you want your header to be a bit taller, or the sidebar a bit wider, too bad. What you see is what you get.

With WordPress, there are literally thousands of themes available. You can go shopping on a marketplace like Themeforest, or you can grab one from my favorite theme author, Genesis Themes. No matter what industry or niche your blog is in, you will find a theme created specifically for you. And many of the themes allow for additional customization within themes as well, so you never have to worry that your website will look the same as everyone else’s.

2. WordPress Plugins Allow You To Do Anything You Could Want To Do With Your Blog

Want to sell products on your blog? There’s a plugin for that. How about a social media sharing system that pulls up perfectly sized images for each social platform? Done. Pretty much anything you can think of doing with your blog can be achieved with the right plugin.

Just like with themes, there are thousands of plugins available. My favorites are OptinMonster and LeadPages for lead generation, and Social Warfare for social sharing.

Many of the other platforms work really well for beginner bloggers – until they decide that they want to do more. Then they want to grow their email list, but Blogger doesn’t have the right tools to do it. Or they want to create a customized shopping experience, only to discover that Weebly has limited options for that. If you start with WordPress, you will be able to expand your blog into a business without dealing with the headaches of switching over later.

3. WordPress Is Easy To Learn With Very Little Coding Required

I hear a lot of newbie bloggers tell me that they chose a different platform because they thought WordPress would be too difficult to learn. Is WordPress a little more difficult than some of the other platforms? Maybe. But once you learn the ropes, which takes a few hours at the most, you will most likely never have to do any coding to have a beautiful website. Many of the most popular themes offer drag and drop interfaces.

And when it comes to doing something like changing your fonts, you can easily download a plugin that will do the work for you. Most of the other platforms require you to learn code if you want to make changes like that. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not have to learn coding just to have my blog look the way I want it to.

4. WordPress Is Inexpensive

You may think that because most of the top bloggers use WordPress, it’s very expensive. What you may not know is that WordPress itself is completely free. In order to use it, you just have to pay for a hosting provider. Then, once your new site is hosted, you just upload WordPress, and you are good to go.

With Bluehost’s initial sign up offer, you will pay less than $5 a month for your WordPress site, which is far less expensive than many of the other options, which charge you at least $10 a month to keep your site running. And with WordPress, you can always switch hosting providers if you find a better deal or want different services than your current host provides.

Also, most plugins and many WordPress themes are free. So, just like you can choose how your site looks with themes and how it functions with plugins, you can also choose how much you want to spend on your site.

5. There Is Lots Of Support For WordPress Site Owners

As I mentioned before, most bloggers use WordPress as their chosen platform. Because of that, there is a ton of support out there for you if you have any questions about how to use it. In addition to the forums found on WordPress.org, there are also sites like WPBeginners that walk you step by step through every single thing you will ever need to know about running and maintaining a WordPress blog.

Also, most paid themes and plugins offer extensive support forums if you run into an issue that directly relates to their products. So you will never be left wondering what to do and how to fix it.

Get A Done-For-You WordPress Site

I’ve used WordPress ever since the beginning of my blogging career, and I absolutely love it. One of my favorite things to do is to get new bloggers set up on this incredible platform.

If you want to take the hassle out of your WordPress blog setup and get one on one coaching from me on how to set up your blog the right way, check out one of my favorite offerings, Website in a Week. You will come out with a beautiful website and training that teach you the ins and outs of how to use WordPress on your own.

Comments

  1. says

    Hello Sue,

    Absolutely There is no alternative to WordPress. It is very intuitive and easy to manage. Plethora of plugins and themes make WordPress more expandable. There is no coding skill required to manage a self hosted WordPress. I think these are the reasons that WordPress is widely used by Bloggers. Thank you for this great Post.

    Have a nice day 🙂
    Vishwajeet
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      • says

        The #1 reason is you will have FULL control over your site Sue (with a self hosted blog).

        I think if someone wants to make money blogging, they should first invest money on getting their own theme, logo, set of proper tools etc.

        Without investing time and money, it’s impossible to make profits from blogging.

        Even if you’re blogging for fun, I think you should consider WordPress.org for all the flexibility that it provides.

        Great tips Sue!

  2. says

    Hi Sue,

    I wrote about this on Blogging Tips recently and am seeing a thread of these posts forming….for good reason! #1 resonates with me. No way can I have my bespoke theme designed on anything other than a WP self-hosted blog. No brainer. For all of your reasons.

    I dig how I actually own the site for all intents and purposes. All the design and branding benefits rock. But having the peace of mind that I won’t be kicked off the darn site at any moment – as can happen on rented sites aka, sites where you cyber squat – is priceless. I can sleep at night. Barring me breaking some TOS in an extreme way, my blog will be up as long as I pay da hosting bills.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan
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    • says

      I’m stealing your cyber-squat phrase, Ryan! Love it.

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!
      Sue

  3. says

    Great post Sue, I also agree with you.There is no alternative with WordPress. It’s Easy friendly use to all, Nice Free and Premium theme and Everyone can manage control panel. There is the main reasons that WordPress is widely used by Bloggers.

    Thanks for share it .

  4. says

    Hey Sue,

    This is a great article on why you should use WordPress to start your blog. If you can edit a Word document, then you can pretty much can edit WordPress, is just that easy!

    I have found that with a lot of people, just getting started, can be the hardest part about starting a blog. Some think that it is just too technical.

    Sue its good that you offer your web site in a week to help people get started. I also do something similar in offering a free blog setup with WordPress. I feel that once they get over the obstacle of getting started, that they have the opportunity to focus on their blog and creating great content!

    Thanks for sharing this article with us Sue and I hope you have a great week!

    –Rob
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    • says

      That is a great offer you have, Rob. Thanks so much for your kind words and for leaving a comment today.
      Sue

  5. says

    Hi Sue,

    Like you, I’ve never used any other platform. When I did start with WordPress, I found it extremely confusing. It took me over 8 hours to set up my blog.

    Now after working with it for 8 years, I can find my way around it pretty good.

    Personally, I think that’s a great offer that you have for people who are new to the platform. If you would’ve offered that to me when I started with WordPress 8 years ago, I would’ve jumped all over it.

    You would’ve saved me a lot of time, than trying to figure things out on my own.

    Anyone who is new to the platform or just wants a beautiful site, will benefit from your offer.

    Thanks for sharing these tips on why WordPress is the best. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Have a great one 🙂

    Susan

  6. says

    I definitely agree with that. I always tell people as long as you blog on free blogging sites especially Blogger.com, they can delete you and your content for no reason. And if you don’t have your content backed up daily, you can lose all your hard work and unfortunately have to start over from scratch.

    With a self-hosted WordPress blog hosted on a dedicated server or VPS, you have complete functionality over the look, feel, and administrative portion of your blog.
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  7. says

    Hello Sue,

    Great piece of information over here 🙂

    Indeed there is no alternative for Word press, it is fully packed item which offers free and paid plug ins to choose from.

    One of the best platforms for the newbies to launch their site and the super feature is that there is no web of coding. They can go for the free plug ins at the beginning and after that they can choose the paid version.

    Thanks for the share

    Shantanu.

  8. says

    Hey Sue,

    How are you doing? Self-hosted option is certainly the best route to take — more freedom, choice of themes and plugins, choice of other tools and software available, and more.

    With a few tools out there, you can even pick a theme and customize it completely, just the way you want to. You can also do membership sites, job boards, magazines or publications, and the options are limitless.

    Ash
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  9. says

    Hi Sue. I completely agree with your list. I looked at one of the free hosting platforms once, probably WordPress.com, and it was so limiting. Further, you don’t own your website, so if they don’t like something they can just take it down.

    I also tried Drupal once on one of my self-hosted websites. That was a nightmare. I’m a software and web developer and I couldn’t figure out where to get started with it. I like WordPress much better. You can get it working without having to code, but you have the option to play if you want to later, and I do.
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  10. says

    Hi Sue,

    Great post as always. I was a latecomer to self-hosted WordPress, and now I can’t think of any alternative to it. My site is still very basic and simple, but the huge range of plugins allows me to customise my site without a sweat. It’s totally worth the investment!

    ~Cynthia
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  11. says

    WordPress is the best platform for the bloggers. It is easy to use and highly customizable. We will get any kind of plugin, theme to start a WordPress site.

    Thanks for the share.

    Have you a nice time ahead.

  12. says

    Hi Sue, I totally agree – WordPress is the best option. I’m constantly amazed by the number of plugins available, most of them free. And the platform itself is amazing too! Thanks.

  13. says

    Hey i Totally agree with your views.
    WordPress is the best option to boost your online work using various good plugins and blogging and article submission option.
    I am also posting articles on WordPress to boost my business.

    Thank you

  14. says

    Sue,

    We couldn’t agree more. WordPress is by far the best CMS available. As a web design agency, it’s the only platform we use to build sites for all of our clients.

    Also, anyone who is reading this: sign up for Sue’s Website in a Week program right now. She’s the best!
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  15. says

    For beginners I always direct them to WordPress.
    WordPress Theme,plugins,coding and support.
    Thanks a lot for this valuable information.

  16. says

    Hi Sue,

    Thank you for another inspiring post! I totally agree with you when you say “WordPress is simply the best platform out there, hands down.” I can’t imagine not using a self-hosted WordPress site!

    In addition to the 5 reasons you gave, I wanted to add a few more, just to reinforce the fact that “A Self-Hosted WordPress Blog Is The Best”:
    1) In addition to the support which you mentioned, there are lots and lost of free tutorials available on the Internet. A simple search is all it takes to reveal them!
    2) As you rightly mentioned, many of the big influencers are using self hosted WordPress. This in itself is a good reason to use WordPress because if it’s good for the big blogs, it is good enough for me!
    3) WordPress is multi-user friendly with a lot of mobile friendly themes! Not forgetting that with self-hosted WordPress it’s a breeze to connect with your social media platforms.

    Thank you again for an amazing post.

    I am off to share with my followers on twitter!

  17. says

    I started out with Blogspot but switched to WordPress (self-hosted) 3 years ago. In these 3 years, I have seen so many good changes and so many amazing plugins come in that makes WordPress the best CMS out there. The support is fantastic and with every update, it’s getting better and more user-friendly.
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  18. Moss says

    Hi Sue,
    I agree with you as well as the many others who’ve commented on this post. There are amazing benefits of using a self-hosted WordPress blog. It offers you the flexibility to do just anything you want. I can seem to imagine any platform that compares a WordPress self-hosted blog.

    Moreover, as Ryan points out – it resonates with me as well.

    Thanks a lot for sharing this post.

  19. says

    Hey Sue,
    I have been using wordpress since 2014.Really,I love self hosted wordpress site.I can customize anythings.I don’t like non hosted wp site.I think for internet marketing purpose,we need a self wordpress blog.According to me,self hosted wordpress means Freedom
    Thanks
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  20. says

    Hi SUE,

    Great Post!

    Yes, with some technical knowledge HTML/CSS one can change the whole appearance of the chosen theme in wordpress. So we can switch whenever we want. Plugins add functionality to our site.

    The code behind WordPress is very clean and simple, making it easy for search engines to read and index a site’s content. In addition, each page, post, and image can have its own meta tag keywords, description, and title, and be optimized for specific keywords, allowing for very precise search engine optimization. You can also use tags to further enhance your search engine optimization efforts.

    WordPress sites are very scalable. You can have hundreds of thousands of pages or blog posts on your site and the performance of the site will not be compromised in the least.

    I will tweet your post.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  21. says

    Hello Sue,

    Great post indeed!

    You are right, There is no alternative of WordPress. I used blogger in my starting days but I think WordPress is best for all purpose.

    I have 4-5 websites and all websites on WordPress. As you said its easy to use and plugin help us a lot in every field.

    Anyway, thanks Sue for sharing such great information with us.

    Regards:
    Areesha Noor!
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  22. says

    Hi Sue!

    I can really get behind this article — I too use WordPress for blogging, and it’s great! For me, the point about WordPress being easy to learn was definitely the highlight for me!

    In my case, I prefer working at my own pace for the most part, and so WordPress really suited that little quirk! When I was beginning, all the basics were pretty much laid out for me in a really simplistic and effective way that didn’t really require much technical knowledge, so I really felt like I could just get right on to focusing on improving my content, while on the side being able to find out all the other cool-but-not-necessary functions over time.

  23. says

    Such a great article about WordPress for blogging & I also used wordpress for blogs and it’s great For me. The point about WordPress being easy to learn and get new plugins. I am also using self-hosted WordPress, and now I can’t think about any alternative for it. My site made on basic theme and it’s simple, but the huge range of plugins allows me to customise my site without any problems.
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  24. says

    Thank u for the article! Yeah WordPress is great I use it now too.

  25. says

    Not to mention WordPress can be quite a life-saver…

    I remember setting up a rather nice blog in 2011…. on Blogger (BlogSpot). I published a few pieces, kept everything updated, had a few affiliate links, you name it…

    ….. and then, Google shut it down for no real reason and without warning.

    That was my wake-up call, and it forced me to learn my way around self-hosted WordPress. Thankfully, the “learning” process happened in under 2 hours due to its simplicity and friendliness.

    Anyway, here’s hoping more people find this article and benefit from it.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Sue 🙂
    Elvis
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  26. says

    I completely agree with you Sue!!!! I already had a wordpress based website when I decided to blog and it was easy, effortless, I just had to focus on my writing, no technical learning curve.

  27. says

    Hi Sue,
    I think Blogger has some advantages when comparing to WordPress but WordPress dominating the market with its flexibility. First preference is always self hosted WordPress when starting a website. As you mentioned, Genisis is always blogger’s favourite. Thank You

  28. says

    Hi Sue,

    I must say there are a lot of people who are interested in making money online and even want to start a blog, but when they know that they have to pay something or invest some money, they quit the idea.

    I must say investment not only shows that you are serious about your business but it also makes your business attract more clients.

    Investing on self-hosted WordPress blog is always the best thing to do in your blogging career.

    Thanks for sharing.
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  29. says

    Hi Sue,

    Great post! I think WordPress is really great for the aspiring bloggers to host their blogs if they plan to start having one. I learned a lot from your article. Thank you for sharing this one. 🙂

  30. says

    I do agree that self-hosted WordPress blogs are the best due to the endless possibilities it offers. But on the other hand, platforms like WordPress.com are best suited for people who do not want to go through the steep learning curve that comes along with WordPress and for those who do not wish to get their hands dirty by playing around with the sophisticated themes & plugins.
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