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Hosted or Standalone Blogging Platforms - Pros and Cons

Darren started an interesting "open mic discussion" - Hosted or Standalone Blogging Platforms - Which is Best ?


  • Do you use a hosted or stand alone blog platform? Why?
  • Do you wish you’d made a different choice when you started?
  • What are the Pros and Cons of the two options?
  • What would you recommend to a new blogger?

This discussion seems obvious to me (after 3.5 years blogging here) - so I decided to participate:


  • I have a standalone blog platform. Actually I have my own blog hosting service engine :) It has some crumbs from various services (.NET based) that were popular in 2003 - 2004. I have my own domain name, dedicated server and firewall. Why ?
    • Having your own domain name is a must for a serious blogger. I realized this after a month of blogging when decided to switch services for the first time.
    • I have a very big traffic/content ratio. My traffic load passed some threshold some time ago - so I had to move to dedicated server hosting to remain stable and grow.
    • Firewall helps me a lot to fight spam.
    • I have my own engine because I like to have things under control :) It is .NET based and has a ton of optimizations, tricks and advanced techniques implemented over the years. I'm a developer at the end of the day and have to implement things hands on. It is ASP.NET 2.0 based and MSSQL 2005 is a database server (Express edition).
  • I wish I'd get my own domain name when I get started.
  • Pros and Cons:
    • It is more difficult to start and gain authority and traffic when you are standalone. When hosted - you have a piece of network and traffic already established from the beginning.
    • The hosted platforms are usually free and easy to operate.
    • Standalone blog platform gives me more control over my blog.
    • However it takes more time and money to operate.
    • However you can monetize traffic :)
    • You can learn more when you are standalone.
    • Independence and autonomy are valuable.
  • Recommendation to a new blogger - at least get your own domain name on a hosted platform to start and see what happens. If you are passionate and manage to get a piece of traffic over time it will be easy to switch services or become hosted.

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