Many new bloggers turn to free blog services because they are perceived as easy to use. They may be user-friendly, but the drawbacks are vast. Below are just 3 disadvantages of using a free blog service.
1.) Remember that you get what you pay for. If you are not paying for your service, is there any rush for the free blogging service to attend to your site if it is down?
2.) Another disadvantage of a free blogging service is control over ads. Many free blog services will place ads on your site. They might even have policies that prevent you from monetizing your site with affiliate ads. Try to test this policy and it’s very likely that your blog will disappear without warning.
3.) Perhaps the biggest disadvantage is the fact that you don’t control your blog’s URL. Your URL will likely only be a subdomain. This can certainly prevent you from ranking well in search engines and can make it difficult to move your blog if you want to try a different blog hosting service.
If you’re going to spend time blogging, I whole-heartedly suggest that you spend a few dollars per month on a quality blog hosting service. You can avoid these drawbacks and find an easy to use blog hosting for as little as /month.
Make sure to look for a hosting service that offers the award winning cPanel control panel with Softaculous. Softaculous is a program that gives you the ability to install a number of blog software solutions to your hosting account with just one click. One of these blog software options is WordPress. WordPress is a very easy to use blogging solution. Once you install WordPress to your hosting account, just log in, write your first post and click the publish button! When a new version of WordPress is available, you’ll receive an email. Use Softaculous to update WordPress with 1-click of your mouse.
Not only does WordPress make it easy to blog, there is a ton of additional functionality available within the WordPress control panel. Search through the 100′s of themes to customize your blog’s appearance. Need additional functionality like seo tools or SPAM comment prevention? Search the available WordPress plugins and install the ones that fit your needs.
Brad Litwin is the marketing manager at A2 Hosting. A2 Hosting customers experience an easy install of WordPress thanks to the Softaculous Module. A2 Hosting is also known for its developer friendly MySQL Hosting and VPS Hosting services.