Web Hosting and Domain Ownership

When I first started blogging I began with a Blogspot Blog because it was free and seemed like a good way to get my feet wet so to speak. Later as my blog grew and my ideas of where I wanted to go with my blog became larger I had to look into web hosting options because I wanted a self hosted WordPress blog.

Starting a blog on a free blogging platform makes perfect sense when you are new to this area of the world wide web. When you are looking for a self hosted blog you will also want to look  into buying a domain name and learn how to protect your domain ownership. After doing a lot of research from prices to what to watch out for I settled on one company for my hosting and another for my domain name purchases.

I have been blogging since December 2008 and to this day am very thankful I took time to research webhosting and domain ownership issues before making the final decision to become a self hosted blogger. 

Question for thoughts: Are you on a self hosted blogging platform? If yes, how did you make the choice to move and did you do research prior to the switch?

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  1. I have my main 1stopmom blog self hosted. After trying out blogging for a while on blogspot I wanted to have a little more freedom and shorter URL so I decided to buy my own domiain. My giveaway site is currently on blogspot. Not sure if I want to make the change just yet.
    .-= 1stopmom´s last blog ..Picked up a few games =-.

  2. I chose my domain hosting based on recommendation and their amt of support for wordpress. I got one specially tailored for handling multiple wordpress blogs and excellent customer service. I also keep my domain register seperate.

  3. I also started out with my blog on Blogspot and then moved to a self hosted WordPress site. For me the decision was easy because my main site was already hosted at GoDaddy and they are one of the few hosts that can support the ColdFusion database that powers it. I do like that WordPress is a one click installation on GoDaddy if you choose that option, you can also do a custom installation, but reading the instructions made my head hurt.

    Blogspot is awesome for a beginner because I think that it is by far the easiest to use (plus free is always nice when you’re starting out.) WordPress is so much more customizable, but I’m glad I learned the basics at Blogspot. I do still keep my podcast there since I like to keep that presence with Google and my posts there get indexed within minutes.
    .-= Tina t´s last blog ..4 Signs That He May Be the One =-.

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