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A Beginner`s Guide to Self Hosting Your Blog
By: Katie Gatto
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    A Beginner`s Guide to Self Hosting Your Blog

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    Hosting your own site can be a real challenge, but like many things that are hard to do in this world, it has a great deal of potential rewards. The odds are that if you are looking at this piece then you have never hosted a site on your own before. There's a lot to consider before you start hosting your own web site. Are you up for the challenge, and is it worth it to you? Keep reading to find out.

    In the past hosting has just been a monthly fee that you paid to keep your site up and running. Anything beyond that simply wasn’t your problem. After all, you had a lot of other things to worry about, like putting up quality content, getting your site well ranked and managing the advertising.

    Now you are trying to decide if it is worth taking things to the next level. This piece can give you all of the information you need to both make that decision, and to get your self-hosted site up and running.

    What exactly does the term “self hosted” mean?

    If you are not at all familiar with the term, it can be a bit confusing. Not to mention that this happens to be a term that a large number of people misuse. In order to clear up the confusion, let us begin with what self hosting is not. Self hosting is not:

    1. When you get a blog on Blogger with your own URL -- not even if you bought a domain name.

    2. When you pay for storage (hosting) and import a platform for publishing, like WordPress.

    3. When you add a blog onto your normal, static website.

    None of these things are self hosting, unless of course, if in number three, your personal site is already self-hosted. Now that we know what the term "self hosted" really does not mean, here is a basic definition of what self hosting really is.

    Self hosting is when a site owner forgoes buying storage space from a third-party host, and instead stores the files for their site on their own server. Not as a backup copy, but as the files that are easy to get to when the public views the site.

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