said 12 months ago:
I’ve advocated for your own self-hosted Wordpress site here before. The reasons are many and they all have to do with total control of your own site and content.
By all means, create a free account at Wordpress.com and try it out. Get used to it and how it works. See if you even like it (you will).
It’s not expensive to buy your own domain name and pay for hosting today. Here’s some quick tips and don’ts.
NEVER buy your domain name through a 3rd party.
If you register on a hosting site to set up a hosting account and buy your domain name through them, that’s a 3rd party.
Why? If you ever had an issue with your hosting account, you may suddenly lose access to it AND your domain name. That means a lot of money, time and energy spent in your own site – gone.
You can back up your site and move it, but if you lose access to your domain name because it’s locked with the hosting company for whatever reason, you are screwed. Essentially you’d be starting over on a new domain name. Or waiting to get yours back. I have seen this happen to clients before, it’s not pretty.
Eliminate the problem and buy the domain name from a registrar. I recommend Namecheap.com. I’ve used them for years and recommend them to everyone I know. Easy and free to set up. Just pay your domain name yearly fee and forget about it.
Find CPanel hosting
It’s very user friendly and you can install WordPress with a simple click of a button. The built in File Manager is easy to figure out when you need to change file permissions or otherwise see the files on your site.
Some hosting companies design their own site/file managers or account managers. This means you have an instant learning curve to figure out how to use THEIR system. Sometimes it’s not worth the time or effort (or stress!) to end up having to learn a suit of programs just to be able to manage your own site. Bravenet and Plesk come to mind. If you are familiar with them and recall using them as a first timer, you’ll know why I mention them lol.
CPanel hosting is very common, you should become accustomed to it quickly. If you ever need to move to another host, a cpanel copy can be made and the new provider can easily reinstall your entire site at the new location. Quick and easy transition.
I recommend Hostgator.com. Their customer service is exceptional. I get a response within the hour usually. Anything I “break” myself, they fix and educate me if I ask how I broke it lol.
I have had dedicated servers and/or reseller accounts at Hostgator for 8 years or so now. They run on Green Energy too.
I could probably think of a lot more but that’s a lot to think on already I’m sure