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Choosing a Blogging Platform

Sadly this post is now out of date… at least you have any type of Adult Content on your site. I’d go and read this if you do

Choosing a Blogging Platform


There are many options for hosting your blog. I’m going to cover the three main options: Google’s hosted blogging service WordPress has been the starting place for many of the biggest bloggers in the world

Self-Hosted Blogs: This is where most bloggers end up, it may look daunting and scary but I have seen (and helped) many bloggers make the move into completely controlling their blogs


If you write, or review, or take pictures or even just want to expose the crazed ramblings of your warped mind you should have your own space to do it.  The best part is that it is very simple and free or cheap.

That is really your first question. Do I want to spend any money on this? It is an important question since it will determine how much control you have over your site and your content. Now don’t get me wrong both and Blogger offer great free services for hosting your blog. Both claim to be ok with adult content (more on that in a bit), both offer custom domain names (for a fee) but there are limits as well. I will now attempt to bullet point the differences (I may even succeed)

Blogger/Blogspot Pros and Cons







As a final note about Google is that their motivation for offering all of their services is to make you, and your readers part of the Google Empire… and as has been said many time before. If the price is free… you are the product. Pros and Cons

*special note; hosting does not allow affiliate links!









My final note on is a semi positive endorsement Molly’s original site ran there for 2 years flawlessly and it wasn’t until we wanted to some very specific plugins that we felt we had to move. It’s not perfect but it is a great place to start.



Self Hosting


Pro: Install whatever CMS (Content Management System I.E. WordPress) You want. *except for Blogger, they used to offer the software but stopped long ago

Con: There can be a bit of a learning curve for new bloggers, and it costs money


Pro: Do whatever you want (so long as it is legal in the country you buy hosting in.

Con: You have to learn how to do whatever you want and actually decide what you want to do because you are no longer limited by someone else’s rules, and it costs money


Pro: You can buy your Domain Name and Hosting package from whomever you want

Con: You have to do some research and read their Terms of Service to make sure about their reliability, their reputation and how they feel about Adult Content, and it costs money


Pro: You are completely in charge of your own site, how it looks, how it works, and what it says.

Con: You are completely in charge of your own website so if you break it you (mostly) have to be the one to fix it.


This is the option I will recommend almost everytime, even to a newbie.  There is no substitute for being able to have your site just the way you want it. And there is nothing more satisfying than learning how to do it yourself. I know I said over and over during the self-hosting pros and cons that it costs money, but let’s look at how much it really costs.

You must buy a domain name, this can run from as low as $1.29 to as much as $24 the average is about $12 per year.

You really want Domain Privacy to keep your name and address out of publicly available records that service generally runs about $15 per year.

Then you need a hosting package. A web hosting package with unlimited sub domains, add-on domains, unlimited bandwidth and unlimited disk space costs us $7.96 (we run 5 websites on that package), now let’s add all of that up.


Domain Name      $12.00

Domain Privacy    $15.00

Hosting  Package  $96.00


Total Costs per Year $123.00

Cost per Day  $00.34

I think that 34 cents a day is a very reasonable price for having complete control.

Now of course you can spend more, you can buy a theme, pay for pro features in plugins as well as many other extras. Why you can even pay me to help you set it all up 😉


I hope that this has shown you some of the options available to you for starting your very own blog. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Many people (myself included) are happy to help and offer support.



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