Last day of Armchair BEA – Ask the Experts

This week has flown by and I’ve logged extra hours of blog hopping due to the awesomeness that is Armchair BEA.  The last topic is about offering expert advice and/or asking the experts for advise.  I’ll do both.

I have been at this blogging thing for 4 1/2 years and still I’m not qualified to consider myself an expert at anything.  What I will offer is that trying new things, whether they be a new feature or a new meme, will invigorate you and keep things fresh.  And keeping things fresh is good for you, your readers, and potential readers.  I’ve tried many features and quite a few have become permanent fixtures on the blog.  There have also been things that have fallen by the wayside and that’s okay.  Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.  This is supposed to be fun!

Now for my question.

What are the benefits/advantages to switching to a self-hosting blog?  I know I can do this through WordPress for a small yearly fee, but I haven’t felt the need yet. Keep in mind I am fairly clueless about the design and coding.  Someday I would like to have the time to change that, but it’s not going to happen now.

Want to visit the other Armchair experts, click here.

And just for all of you Armchairers who may have missed my quiz on Tuesday, I’m giving away a $15 B&N giftcard to one random participant.  I’m leaving it open until tomorrow at noon.  I hope you’ll give it a shot.  Quiz here.

It’s been a fun week meeting everyone 🙂

15 thoughts on “Last day of Armchair BEA – Ask the Experts

  1. Jenners says:

    There are more plug-ins available (little programs) that let you customize your blog much more than you might be able to do with regular WordPress. That is the primary advantage I think. But if you have everything you need with how it is, I’d just keep it as is.

  2. Alyce (@AtHomeWithBooks) says:

    I switched to wordpress because I liked the whole interface & format better, but when the decision came up for self-hosting or not, a lot of it depended on the extra features (like Jenners wrote about) that I considered a necessity. I don’t know how comfortable I would be doing it all on my own though. My husband deals with any issues that we have with our server provider (basically anything outside of the wordpress platform).

  3. Jae says:

    I recently switched to self-hosted and the advantages are that you own the site and have more control over it. The plugins are also great and make customizing your blog so much easier. If you want to monetize your blog, this is the way to do it as well. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and are aware of some pitfalls, like losing followers because of a name change, and make sure your domain name is available.

  4. Sarah says:

    I switched from Blogger to WordPress because I liked the look and design a lot better, however I’m not self-hosted. I’m hoping to switch to self-hosted within the next year or two, because there are more plug-ins available (it’s very frustrating the widgets and things I can’t use on my blog because of WordPress’s restrictions) and because you legally own everything on your site if you self-host. On regular Blogger and WordPress, apparently there are some legality/copyright issues and they might be within their rights to steal your info and articles? Can’t imagine it’s a huge issue, but still. Of course don’t quote me on this, because I need to research it more, but that’s my impression.

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