Best Blogging Platform to use in 2018:
In this blog post I’m going to write about what I believe to be the best blog platform to use in 2018 and what the difference is between being hosted and self-hosted.
Hosted and Self Hosted – what’s the difference?
I have received a lot of questions in regards to what blogging platform I’m using. Today I’m going to be writing about the host provider I use and what services they provide and the difference between having just a hosted or a self hosted blog or website.
There are many sites that you can choose from to start up a blog or website.
It can get very overwhelming reading about the pros and cons of each web host provider. Not to mention all of the different payment plan options, that’s if you are interested in being self hosted. Usually if a platform is free to use then your blog or website will just be ‘hosted’. Which won’t allow you to earn an income or have any affiliate programs on your blog. Overall it will limit your control of your blog or website.
Difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org:
I started blogging on WordPress.com which was great but then I wanted to become self hosted (the act of having your website totally under your control. This includes managing all aspects of your blog or website yourself.
From setting up the web server to installing software) which you cannot do on wordpress.com. If you would like to read more about the difference between the two WordPress’ then click the link here – What is the difference?
It took me a couple of weeks to decide which blogging platform to use.
I wanted to make sure that I would be able to fully transfer my blog over to the new platform. I was so hesitant when it came to changing providers so I did a lot of research and I chatted to other bloggers before I made my final decision.
What blogging platform do I use?
I use the blogging platform called ‘SiteGround’ and I honestly love it.
They have 24/7 live support which. If you are having technical problems or simply just want to know how to do something. You can ask the team at any time – day or night.
Please know that I wouldn’t recommend a platform or product if I didn’t actually like or enjoy using.
The SiteGround team are very helpful. They can help you transfer your website over to SiteGround if you already have a blog or website with another host provider. Becoming self hosted was the best decision because I now have full control of my blog. It allows me to monetise my blog which can potentially create a source of income down the track.
First of all if you are just starting out with blogging, I would recommend starting with the lowest plan available. When you start gaining an audience, you can then upgrade or choose a plan that best suits you.
I do believe there is a rumour going around and that is SiteGround can’t ‘cope’ with blogs or websites that receive over 200k views a month – this is untrue. SiteGround can manage accounts with a large following, you just need to upgrade your plan with SiteGround.
I do want to also mention that people who I have personally referred to SiteGround have absolutely loved it and there are many people now having technical issues with other hosts and are now having to switch over to SiteGround in order to actually run their blog without any problems or delays.
If you want to check out ‘SiteGround‘ or just want to start your own blog/ website, then click on the image below. I highly recommend them, if you couldn’t already tell! 🙂
As I said above there are many self hosted providers that you can choose from. Personally I think SiteGround is the best but I will list some other options below. Before I do so, I would recommend doing your own research about each web host provider before you choose which one to go with.
In conclusion I hope this blog post has helped you understand more about the different web host providers and the differences between having a hosted and self hosted blog or website. ~
*Have you read my blog post on SEO?*