I have previously written about the benefits of various ‘do it yourself’ web building platforms. If you want something with a bit more control, or you want to choose your own web hosting, a self hosted WordPress website may be a good option.
Your site speed, security and performance can be dependant on your web host so it’s important to have a reliable hosting provider. I personally use Siteground and would definitely recommend them but there are lots of great hosting providers.
One of the main benefits of using WordPress is the ability to install plugins to give you extra functions and features. There are many plugins that enable you to design and build a website using a visual builder or ‘drag and drop’ interface similar to that of the many web building platforms available. This means you can have the best of both worlds. You can have full control over the way your site looks, the features you can add to it and where you choose to host it. You can also make changes to the site at code level should you want to.
The Pros of a Self Hosted WordPress Website
- Relatively easy to use and intuitive with a vast amount of extra plugins available to add extra functionality. Some plugins are free, some are chargeable.
- Very easy to add new content or modify existing content, you can edit posts and page content with ease.
- No need to go near any code. You can design and build the site using a visual drag and drop interface. You can also access and change the site at code level if you wish.
- Vast amount of themes available, easy to customise.
- Blog is ready to go. All you have to do is add posts and type in the content. It’s also very easy to upload and add images.
- The site is scale-able. If you want to add more functionality as your business grows, you can easily do this. There are very few limitations regarding what you can do with WordPress.
- You can have multiple users with their own login if you wish.
- WordPress is open source which means there is an open community with thousands of people contributing. It’s easy to find answers to questions and most premium themes come with support.
- Full site backups can be done and the site can be migrated if you wish to change platforms or hosting providers.
- There are many different options for ecommerce, you aren’t limited to one system and one pricing option.
- WordPress itself is free and there are a huge amount of free plugins and free themes available.
- A self hosted website gives you more control, you can choose your hosting provider, what type of hosting you want as well as a specific hosting plan.
The Cons of a Self Hosted WordPress Website
- WordPress isn’t quite as simple as other web building platforms available and requires a little more knowledge. There is a bit of a learning curve involved to get used to the interface and add extra features using plugins.
- Whilst you can ‘drag and drop’, this isn’t built into WordPress as standard so you will need to install a plugin to enable this feature.
- WordPress itself doesn’t offer support although a good theme will come with support options.
- You will need to purchase a hosting plan with a hosting provider. Some hosting providers are better then others so it’s a good idea to do some research first. Most offer support via phone, email or live chat.
- You will need to purchase your domain.
WordPress gives you full control over your site in terms of design, features and hosting. WordPress provides a simple content management system and a wide variety of themes, plugins and design options. It’s a great choice for any business or personal website. you can also build membership sites, ecommerce sites, online training sites, blogs and portfolio sites. The possibilities really are limitless with WordPress 🙂
Note: This article refers to a self hosted WordPress site as opposed to WordPress.com. WordPress.com enables you to build a simple website for free but doesn’t have the same options and use of plugins as WordPress.org.
Installing WordPress is relatively simple as most hosting providers will have a ‘one click’ WordPress installation option.