- Dobby is a free elf! By self-hosting yourself, WordPress no longer controls what you can and can’t do/use. From uploading your own custom themes (yay creativity!) to downloading plugins, there’s no limit to what you can do.
- You’re a very broke little Dobby and need money. You can put ads on your site and make it rain! So if you’re cast out into the world with nothing but a sock, you’ve got a back-up plan.
- Dobby owns his blog now. You own your data and are in full control. Wahoo! You won’t be turned off because someone thinks you’re going against their terms of service unless you’re being a very naughty Dobby and doing something illegal.
- Dobby wants to be a professional. By being beccaandbooks.com rather than beccaandbooks.wordpress.com, you look a whole lot more professional. Plus, your posts will bumped up on Google and other search engines (but who really cares about those). So if you’re interested in making blogging your profession, you should go self-hosted.
- You’re a very poor Dobby who doesn’t even have a sock. Paying to get self-hosted with probably end up totaling to about $50 a year. However, this can be balanced with ads and such.
- You’re just a happy little Dobby blogging for the fun of it. If you’re not very serious about blogging and are just a flailing, sock-weilding Dobby having fun, then great! I’m glad you’re happy with your life! But you should probably not self-host yourself.
Are you the owner of a self-hosted blog who actually knows about this topic and doesn’t just distract readers with Dobby references? Or are you a struggling, indecisive Dobby like me?