Published by Andrew Noll at January 27, 2016
WordPress Blog Hosting is a very important aspect to consider. When creating your WordPress blog, you are given the choice between external and internal hosting. External Hosting is generally better for customization and those with coding experience, but internal may be preferable if you don’t want to spend a lot of time on your blog. How do you know what is best for you?
Custom Domain NameInternal (WordPress.com):
When hosting internally, you are given a free domain with the format [YourSite].Wordpress.com. You have the option to purchase a custom domain name for about $30. This is much more expensive than a custom domain on most external platforms.
Pricing is variable, but most are cheaper and many offer a free domain name.
There is no option for plugins but they include some basic features such as comments and include social media integration. This is easier when you do not know how to use plugins, or would prefer not to spend much time on formatting your site.
You can use WordPress plugins. These have so many functions and I cannot stress enough how easy they make the process of developing your website. They can do everything from improve security to social media sharing. To design an attractive WordPress site with all of the bells and whistles, you don’t need coding skills but you do need plugins and there is a plugin for pretty much everything.
Getting HelpInternal (WordPress.com):
If you have a business account, WordPress offers chat support 7am-7pm US EST. For premium subscribers there is direct email support.
Service will vary greatly but there are good external hosting sites that offer service on par with WordPress. One of these is SiteGround, which offers 24/7 help via a chat window.
What We RecommendChoosing your hosting provider depends on your needs. If you use WordPress free, it is cheaper to obtain a domain name externally and this is often included in the price of an external hosting registration. External hosting is generally cheaper than a WordPress subscription.
You will still receive templates and be able to write content under the free plan on WordPress.com. The disadvantage is being unable to customize the site or use plugins. With higher levels of subscription on WordPress you are given more access to customizing templates, fonts, better support, and other features. WordPress will give you more help to implement changes with a higher subscription plan but they will not make changes for you.
It is best to evaluate what features you want before choosing between internal and external hosting. In general, users seeking customization should host externally. This will be a little more difficult for someone without experience but is still relatively easy to figure out, as most major changes can be made with plugins. External hosting is feasible for a beginner as long as they choose a site provider with good support.
You can find a list provided by WordPress for the differences between internal and external hosting here.
Wordpress provides a list of the most compatible hosting providers here.
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