And what happens if you change the name is that all the internal and external links of your website get broken – because the page names (URLs) are different. You can spend lots of time redirecting every single on your blog to its corresponding new URL, and if you have hundreds of pages, this will be a big job!
Original blog name:
New blog name:
In the above example, the blog URL has changed – which means every single link in the whole website has changed, resulting in broken links. It also means that any links from other websites pointing to the blog have been broken.
|FREE BLOG WITH FREE HOSTING||SELF-HOSTED BLOG WITH PAID HOSTING|
|Professional image||Can look professional with a paid domain name – otherwise no.||Yes looks professional.|
|Reliability||May go offline for extended periods for maintenance reasons or other.||With good hosting, you can expect great uptime.|
|Flexibility||Some may not allow certain features, such as ads, certain widgets or plugins.||Freedom to add any feature, widget or plugin you wish.|
|Hacking protection||If a feature of the free blogging platform is hacked, the whole platform may experience downtime while the issue is fixed. If it is just your site that is hacked, you may lose your entire blog – especially if your blog is considered a risk to others (even if it is not your fault.)||You can install protection. You can also have daily or weekly backups, so your blog can be reinstalled if it is hacked.|
|Hosting||Easy Peasy! Hosting is already there – you don’t need to do anything.||You have to decide on a good host and pay for hosting.|
|Updating||Simple! It’s all automatic – you don’t have to do anything.||You have to keep your blog updated. These days, this is simple – you can simply click the update button in the Fantastico installer in your hosting panel.|
|Provider places ads on your website||Maybe. Check to see if this is the case.||No.|
|Community||If there are lots of people in your business or personal community that have free blogs, they will be familar with them and know how to use the commenting system, join you as admin of a blog or just help you with your blog.||Self-hosted blogs also have community – although it can be much more business-oriented than with a free-blogging community.|
|Moving from hobby blog to professional blog||
You may have the choice to pay for hosting at your free-blogging platform. Paying for hosting this way may cost you more than the hosting associated with a self-hosted blog (particularly if you have more than one blog/website.)
You may be able to import your blog posts to a self-hosted blog. This can be messy if the URLS have changed – although not so if you have pointed your blog at a paid domain name from the start.
|This will be a simple change if you alredy have the domain name you want. You can just change the theme of your blog to a more professional one, and you’re done.|