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Part II: Free Blogs vs Self-Hosted Blogs

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We’ve already talked about WordPress.com. Now it’s time for us to turn our attention to WordPress.org, the self-hosted sister to WordPress.com. This is the software you’ll have to turn to if you’d like to get serious with blogging. Yes, you read that right. Software.

What is that supposed to mean? Read on to find out.

WordPress.Org, a Summary

Unlike WordPress.com, where everything is ready-made and provided for you, you’ll need to do a bit of legwork before you can get your WordPress.org blog up and running.

First of all, you’ll need to find a suitable host for your blog. To make the best decision you possibly can, I suggest doing your homework for this one. There are many bargains to be found online if you know where to look.

Once you’ve selected and paid for your own host, you’ll have to install WordPress.org on it. Examples of popular hosts include and are not limited to Hostgator, Bluehost and SiteGround.

Like before, here is a list of features that WordPress.org does and does not offer, neatly split into pros and cons:

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WordPress.Org, a Conclusion

WordPress.org, it is obviously an option that should be for those who’d not only like to enhance their professional image, but also have something to say. It might sound ridiculous to pay for a blog when you can easily create one of your own for free, but remember that this is an investment. Familiarity with WordPress is a valued trait on the job market, especially with the growing importance of social media in this day and age.

And while setting up your own self-hosted blog might sound intimidating, fret not. It only takes about 5-10 minutes to get it up and running. You don’t need a lot of tech know-how to get this done.

So that’s about it! If you’re still undecided, you can always sign up for a free blog first, then maybe create a self-hosted one later on. Win-win, huh?

For the most part, anyway.

Ahem. Good luck and happy blogging!

Click to read Part I: Free Blogs vs Self-Hosted Blogs.

Melissa Kartini
Nuffnang Community Team

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