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8 Reasons to Convert Your Blog to

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The quickest way to start a free blog is by signing up to Many new bloggers start that way.

While it’s a great place to start, has several limitations that become quickly evident as a blog grows. If you want to avoid these limitations, then you need to convert your blog to

In this article, we will show you eight reasons to convert your blog to

Reasons for moving from to

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1. Plugins

The real power of WordPress comes from plugins, which allow you to do almost anything you want with your website.

There are currently more than 59,000 free plugins available in the repository alone. Thousands of paid plugins are available from various other sources as well.

WordPress Plugins

Plugins allow you to do anything you want, such as building an email list, creating an eCommerce store, and more.

When we say anything, we mean anything. If you can think of some cool feature to add to your site, then there is a good chance that someone has already created a plugin to do just that.

Check out the list of excellent plugins we use on WPBeginner in our blueprint, or take a look at our expert pick of essential WordPress plugins for all websites.

2. Themes

Browse free WordPress themes offers a limited set of themes for you to install. Some of them are premium themes with prices starting from $50. Nonetheless, there are only a couple hundred themes available for sites.

On the other hand, there are thousands of themes available for self-hosted sites.

Some of our favorite WordPress theme shops are Thrive Themes, Astra, Divi, and StudioPress.

3. Running Advertisements on Your Site

Google AdSense displays advertisements on free WordPress blogs, which provides them with revenue to pay for the free blogs. You don’t have control over what kinds of ads appear on your website.

You can pay for the upgrade to turn off ads, but that will cost you money.

You cannot run advertisements on your free blogs using third-party advertising programs like Google AdSense, BuySellAds, Lijit, Vibrant Media, etc.

You can add affiliate links, publish sponsored posts, or participate in an advertising program called WordAds.

However, entry into the WordAds program is limited to users with high traffic and appropriate content. There are even restrictions on what kind of affiliate links you can add.

On a self-hosted WordPress site, you decide whether to run ads or not. You control what kind of ads will be displayed on your website. You can add affiliate links to your blogs or join any advertising program (see how to add Google AdSense to your WordPress site).

You may even manage your ads using some of the best advertising plugins. Most importantly, you will be the one making money from those ads.

4. Building Your Brand

With a self-hosted site, you get your domain name. This domain name is your brand identity.

You surely don’t want to share your brand with a web address like when you can get a more personalized domain name. We have a list of some awesome tools and tips to pick the best domain name for your blog.

With most WordPress hosting providers, you get your branded email address, like, which looks really cool on your business cards. allows you to get your domain name for $19 per year. But this domain will still be hosted on servers.

You don’t get any email service for your domain name. If you want an email service for a domain you purchased from, then you will have to buy an email service from one of the email service providers for extra money.

5. Monetization Options

An example of an online store, created using WooCommerce

Free blogs on don’t come with eCommerce features. If you want to add eCommerce functionality to a blog, then you will need to upgrade to the Business plan, which costs $300 per year.

One great advantage of a self-hosted site is that you can easily add a full-fledged eCommerce solution like WooCommerce or Easy Digital Downloads to your website.

This allows you to sell things from your website, offer premium content, and grow your business. Even if you are just starting a small blog, you will still want to keep this option open.

6. Freedom to Move, Scale, Grow

A growth chart allows you to export your data any time you want and move to your own self-hosted site. However, moving is a lot of hassle.

Also, with, you are limited to only one hosting company. Their VIP program is a fantastic solution for larger websites, but it is also quite expensive.

A site is completely yours. You can back up an entire WordPress site with all your data and move to another hosting company any time you want. If your website grows suddenly beyond your expectations, then you will have a huge variety of options in different price ranges to choose from.

From shared WordPress hosting services like Bluehost and Siteground to managed WordPress hosting solutions like Pagely and WP Engine, there are a lot of choices and options available for self-hosted WordPress sites.

7. Building a Web Property

Brand recognition

Building a website on your own domain name is a lot more practical and has greater potential if you want to attract future investment or want to sell your web property.

It is possible to transfer your blog to another user. However, as anyone dealing with selling and buying web properties will tell you, there is very little potential for websites hosted on free subdomains.

If you will be giving some serious time and effort to build your blog, then a self-hosted WordPress site has much greater potential than a site hosted as a free blog.

8. Customize the Code

With a self-hosted WordPress site, you can edit the code and customize anything you want. You can access your theme’s PHP files and plugins and make changes to them.

With tools like WPCode, you can easily add custom code without breaking your website. It even comes with a library of the most useful custom code snippets.

Code Snippets in WPCode

For more details, see our beginner’s guide to pasting snippets from the web in WordPress.

You are also free to modify the actual WordPress core files as well. However, it is not recommended at all.

On the other hand, offers you the limited ability to add custom CSS to your themes. You cannot modify any PHP file to add your custom code.

We hope this article provides enough reasons to convert your blog to If you are ready to switch, then check out our guide on how to properly move your blog from to

Don’t want to do it yourself? You can take advantage of our free blog setup service.

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  2. Kari says

    I currently have a Business plan on , but am wanting to switch to Bluehost to use How will this effect my Business plan? Will I stall have to pay for that as well as Bluehost? Thank you!

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Once you transfer to the new host, you would not need to pay for their business plan.


  3. Abdol Rauf says

    If our blog is doing fine. And it’s ranking well for a few keywords. Will converting it to lose ranking for those keywords?

  4. Sthandiwe says

    Hi i really need to change my free personal blog to but i don’t know how. May you please assist me by maybe sending steps to follow.

  5. eneri says

    Hi. I hope you can have time to read my comment and answer.

    question: Can I used all my written content from (dot) com and transfer it on (dot) org?

    How much is yearly personal account? That I can connect adsense?

    Thank you for your reply.

  6. Suzanne says

    Suppose I want to create a blog and build upon it to make it an informative site page to go to (re:research in a certain medical field). As the site is built up with informative information, and the followers become many, I may want to sell it to another handler (blogger) who will maintain the blog page in a better way than I could, (due to hands on research knowledge).
    Would WP Org. allow me to sell my blog page (knowing that I would be the owner of the blog’s contents)?

  7. Kris says

    After 5 years using wordpress self hosted, I created a new blog at

    Honestly I really like it in term of server performance, I don’t know what they’re using, but it beast, never down.

    On self hosted, I’m using VPS quadcore from Linode, my website is small, only 5 pages, and 20 blog post, but high graphic (portfolio website), and fancy theme. I need to hired maybe 3 IT guys to make my website performance fast. And I hired a server security to make my website secure (I was got hacked a couple times before).

    My server is more than enough, pingdom result only 200ms, but when I write a new post, and I’m playing with images too, and must preview the post a couple times, my server is down, sometimes reach the limit, or when I edit the CSS, my server down.

    In, I don’t know how, it never down, no matter what I’m doing, and from the first start, we don’t have to think about the server side, I don’t care if my activity will make their server exploded, lol, I can install many plugin, install fancy theme, post high resolution images without optimized, and my blog still super fast, I feel like there’s no differences. It’s amazing.

    And it’s very secure, using secure password and enable 2FA, nobody can hack our blog. I believe nobody can hack Automattic, because it’s a giant company, their Security guy must be one of the best on earth.
    For self hosted, maybe I have spent maybe around $1000 to hired security guy, and using third party firewall.

    But what I didn’t like is, we don’t have many option to make money on, we can’t put a banner ads, they monitor referal link, if too many, our blog instantly suspended. And their wordads is very bad compare to Adsense, especially for a blog which has target market in Asia. The income is like a joke, too cheap.

  8. Bert Rinkel says

    There is no reference HOW to change, and on other WordPress sites there are all kind of options which are not understandable as to why :(

  9. Scotty Stackpole says

    Thank you so much for such valuable information on multi-topics and from dozens of urls-websites.I currently have a and boy is iy fun! Whenever I have a question I always get back more than what I asked for of which you people are an example.In the future my desire is to go for to take advantage or all the features it has to offer.I recently purchased a book by Mark W Bell titled Build a Website for Free which has a chapter devoted to and .org. I have followed his advice to start with since I am new to blogging and then I will download Man there is so much to learn but it is fun!Hope to hear from you!

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