A self hosted wordpress blog is a wordpress powered blog that is hosted on a private server space rather than on the free wordpress.com server computer.
In other words, to create a selfhosted wordpress blog, you will need to rent a server space (hosting space) from the web server computer of a web hosting company and install the wordpress application (found at wordpress.org) on that space and thats all, your selfhosted blog will be ready and you can start blogging immediately.
Nowadays its very easy to set up a self hosted wordpress blog i.e. the procedures are no longer complicated as it use to be before.
In the past, to set up a selfhosted wordpress blog, first you will need to download the wordpress application from the wordpress official website (wordpress.org) and then upload (FTP) the wordpress installation files to your hosting space, then create a wordpress database on your server space (the most complicated part) before you can even start installing wordpress on your hosting space. Only the techies could do that while the non-techies and technophobes had no choice but to hire somebody or continue blogging on the free limitted wordpress.com platform.
Today, all that has changed, almost anybody (including you) can easily install wordpress. Most webhosting companies are now wordpress optimized (wordpress ready) i.e. due to the fact that wordpress has now become the most sought after blogging software, most of the web hosting companies have now fully automated all the technical (complicated) steps involve in installing wordpress so that even their technophobe clients can easily install wordpress on their hosting space and start blogging.
This is what the webhosting companies have done for you and why you can now install wordpress like a techchie.
The webhosting companies have already downloaded the wordpress installer from the wordpress official website (wordpress.org), uploaded its installation files on their server, created a wordpress database for you and provided an installation wizard called quick install that you just have to click on (just once) and the wordpress application will be automatically installed on your hosting space as if you used a magic wand. thereby freeing you from the time and effort of downloading and configuring wordpress on your server space (if at all you have the knowledge to do that).
So if you wish to set up a selfhosted wordpress blog, you don,t need to be afraid, the procedures are verrrrrry simple. Once you have rented your own hosting space (server space) from a web host, within 10 minutes, you can install the wordpress application on your hosting space, choose your theme and start blogging .
It will cost you just $5 per month to rent a hosting space from the webserver of a webhosting company. There are lots of web hosting companies but hostgator is currently the cheapest and also the most reliable webhost. A server space on the Hostgator webserver cost just $3 per month. In addition to that, Hostgator also provides amazing coupon codes that enables their clients to get a discount of their hosting fees. They also offer a 45 day money back guarantee.
Advantages of a Selfhosted wordpress blog.
- After setting up a selfhosted wordpress blog, you will now be able to harness the full power of the wordpress application i.e. you will be able to install premium themes and plugins on your wordpress powered blog, change any settings of your blog and also customize the appearance of your blog to give it whatever appearance you like. Like i mentioned earlier in my the purpose of the wordpress.com platform article, the wordpress.com platform was created to serve as a trial version or a testing ground for the wordpress blogging software. Thats why it has so many limitations. If your dream is to become a full time blogger and make money online, then you need to set up a selfhosted wordpress blog.
- Another big advantage of setting up a selfhosted wordpress blog is the fact that you will be able to use your own custom domain name (web address) i.e. yourblogname.com (solowayne.com) instead of the free trial web address yourblogname.wordpress.com (solowayne.wordpress.com).
- Above all, after setting up a selfhosted wordpress blog, you will now be free to monetize your blog and start making money online. The wordpress.com platform (the trial platform for the WordPress software) doesn,t allow you to monetize your blog especially through the profitable Google adsense program. But after you have set up a self hosted wordpress blog, you can start monetizing your blog however you want. You can even set up a shop section of your blog and sell stuff directly from your blog. Infact the benefits are so numerous……… if you haven,t set up a self hosted wordpress blog, read my article about how to start a blog in 10 minutes.
In addition to the above advantages, the self hosted wordpress blogs are also Mobile responsive i.e. they look good on every device be it smartphones, ipad, computer or any internet compatible device and on every browser. The self hosted wordpress blogs are also search engine friendly.