New Blogger Mistakes: Not Hosting WordPress Yourself

When I first started my blog, I wanted it online as quickly as possible, not taking future growth into consideration. So I signed up for a blog on and forked over $99 just so I could use my own domain.

This is what is classically known as a noob move.

Hosting your blog on is a surefire way to not have your blog grow. Not in the way you’re envisioning anyway. You can’t take advantage of plugins and things like Google Analytics and ad referrals become more nigh impossible.

So my next investment is going to be a hosting plan with a different company and install WordPress myself. I almost jumped at BlueHost, but I read enough negative comments for me to do more research. Anyway, I know this sounds like such an obvious thing, but I bet many people only consider this after they’ve started.

Don’t be me. Host WordPress yourself.

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  • Mini January 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    I almost did the same. Luckily, I saved money and decided to go with patience. I’m sorry you’re out $99.

    • Andre C Griffiths January 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Yeah, but if I can take a positive out of this is at least I learned a lesson and I can let others know as well. Thanks for the comment!

  • Greg Mercer, MSN January 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Wouldn’t it be nice, in many ways, if blogging were what it seemed when you were new and naive? Just about writing?

    • Andre C Griffiths January 12, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Haha I wish! I still love writing, but gaining an audience takes so much more thought. Better late than never though!

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  • Kick Ass VPS January 19, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Thank you for your report, I think your experience will be useful to me!

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