Hello lovely readers!
I’d like to solicit your opinions on self-hosting. Using WordPress.com for my blog has definitely had its benefits, but I am seriously contemplating switching to a self hosted site using WordPress.org.
I would love to hear everyone’s opinions!
I’ve done a lot of research about the pros and cons of self-hosting, but for me the biggest draw is the ability to add whatever plugins I want. In fact, a desire for specific plugins is what prompted me to even consider switching to self-hosting.
I really want to put my food related posts out there on Pinterest in a more effective way, and I realized that the only “pin it” button available on WordPress.com is the tiny little sharing bar at the bottom of each post:
I want to have sharing buttons (particularly for Pinterest) very visible at the top of each post, like how Ree Drummond has on the Pioneer Woman:
In addition to wanting to use whatever plugins I want, I like the idea of full customizability (spell check tells me that’s not a word, but I think it is!).
From my research, the biggest drawbacks to self-hosting are the potential hassles with being responsible for everything.
If you self-host, what do you think? I’d especially love to hear from anyone who migrated from using WordPress.com to WordPress.org.
Thanks in advance for your insight!