Times have changed and people are drifting from regular 9 to 5 jobs to blogging. With rapid digitization, people have started scrounging their old forgotten passion and are converting it into their career.
But the question arises from where to start and which platform to go with. Different variants of services are available for the same but a usual dilemma faced by people is why go for paid services when the same services are available without costing a dime. Platforms like BlogSpot and WordPress.com offers free services for hobby bloggers but as we all know free things comes with a catch. On the other hand, you can invest some pennies to start it professionally and enjoy limitless services.
Here are some limitations of BlogSpot and WordPress.com which helps you in deciding whether to go for self-hosted blog or free platforms like BlogSpot or WordPress.com.
Limitations of BlogSpot and WordPress.com
Platforms like blogger and WordPress, don’t send any notification or warning before banning your account. Moreover in Blogger, individual pages (the main page of your blog, or your archive pages) are limited to 1 MB in size. If you hit this limit, you will see an error message saying “006 Please contact Blogger Support.”
On the other side, WordPress.com blog will also be limited in size. If you go too heavy on posting images and videos, you might need to sign up as their premium customer which costs $99/year.
WordPress.com may not even notify or ask a blog owner to remove content if they find it abusing they just directly shut it down without any prior notice. They also puts limitations on themes and plugins. But what actually made me shifted from these platforms to self-hosted blog is that, you cannot run Google Adsense or other advertising programs to serve ads on your WordPress.com blog. You cannot write paid posts, sell links, review products, etc. WordPress.com terms of service restrict you from using your free blog for any commercial activity on your own.
It depends on how serious you’re about your blog. If you’re blogging as a hobby with no plans to expand or monetize, these platforms might be fine. But if you have more ambitious plans for your blog, then I advise you to go for self-hosted blog. Because you want to portray a professional image to your clients and the general public and platforms like Blogger and WordPress.com is just not going to cut it.
For the clear picture you can Google things by yourself or visit WordPress.com, check out their plans properly you’ll see the difference.