Blogging has become hot in the past decade. People have taken blogging either as a hobby or as a career.
In 1990’s, blogging started as an alternative for the traditional diary writing. It became a method to express oneself.
Blogger service has provided a way to earn from blogging to even small bloggers. Blogger can now earn by showing ads from their Google linked Adsense account. This led many part-time bloggers to choose blogging as a profession.
The major revolution in the blogging world was brought in by WordPress. Unlike earlier popular platform, WordPress provided a platform which could be self-hosted and customized. There were other such products already available in the market. But, the stability, ease of use and easy customization option soon made WordPress a favorite name.
Currently, a blog could be a used as an idea or knowledge sharing medium or a photo, video, files, etc sharing platform. In fact, people are using the blogging platforms to design full-fledged websites. Web Designers are using it as forums, e-commerce portal, and restricted member sites.
Personally, I used various types of blogging platform or Content Management System (CMS), before switching to WordPress. Drupal, Joomla, Blogger, DataLife Engine, etc.
I switched to WordPress somewhere in 2008. I created my blog Rukhaiyar’s Corner in April 2010.
Blogging via WordPress has two options. One can either create an account at WordPress.com or create a self-hosted WordPress Blog.
An easy way to create a WordPress blog by signing up at WordPress.com. One can choose web address provided with their domain name (such as https://rukhaiyar.wordpress.com) or create a blog at own domain name (such as https://www.rukhaiyar.com)
Creating a blog at WordPress.com is easy. One may enjoy blogging in the community of millions of other fellow bloggers from WordPress.com either visiting or liking your contents.
However, there are various limitations while blogging with WordPress.com. One may easily gets fed up with these limitations. Especially, after finding out the customization possibility one have when it is self-hosted.
Like one uses various Softwares on a PC or apps on mobile for customizing the user experience as per choice. Similarly, WordPress has an endless possibility of customization using plugins, themes and scripts.
WordPress.com prevents using any plugins. There is quite a good amount of themes available on WordPress.com. Some of these themes are quite good too. But, one can’t customize it freely. It comes with a cost. Further, using scripts are not possible.
Any customization at WordPress.com, even if possible, comes at a hefty price. Further, the free version is not for generating any sort of income, neither by showing ads nor by inserting affiliate links.
It’s better to switch to a self-hosted WordPress installation as soon as possible.
WordPress.com gives an environment where you can just create an account, login and start blogging. However, if one wants customization, WordPress makes available the script to install own version of WordPress. The script is available for download at WordPress.org.
Self- Hosted WordPress installation requires a hosting environment (Php, MySQL and nginx or Apache) and a domain name.If
In case you would like to create your own self-hosted blog. Please go through my tutorial, Let’s Start A Blog in 5 Easy Steps.