WordPress Free Hosting
Most of the Blogger choose WordPress[dot]com for their blogging, as it is free. The site is managed, maintained & updated by the company “Automatic”, they are the creators of the WordPress. They do provide Zero hassle environment, it means that bloggers can work on the quality of their content and rest is all handled by the company itself. Although there are few restrictions laid by the company on the content like they don’t allow you to put adult content or google ads, but working on WordPress[dot]com is really amazing. They do provide theme library with inbuilt functionality. You can choose from thousands of the themes available to bring the best look for your website. You cannot install your own theme or re-design the theme, you can only choose from the available themes, but still that library is quite huge. WordPress[dot] provides the cloud hosting environment. Cloud means that there is distributed network of multiple servers which means that the site is fast and secured, if any server goes down, the site comes from the other server; it never goes down of the Internet. Most of the bloggers do complain, that the WordPress[dot]com don’t allow them to install plugins of their choice to add new functionality to their blogs, they are allowed to enjoy the functionality did provided by the company itself. Most of the people who are looking for free hosting or want to switch to it; the creator company does provide import facility from self hosted environment. Many of the them are moved to the WordPress[dot]com, as it is very rapidly growing platform. Not only import, the site do offers export functionality also, if you are thinking of moving your site to the self-hosted environment.
WordPress Self Hosted
You have a domain and you want to manage your site by yourself. You have already purchased the hosting services from CPWebHosting.com. From the Fantastico available in the Cpanel, you have installed the WordPress on your site and now you want to manage it by your own choice. Although there is no content restrictions laid by CPWebHosting, but most of time it is seen they point on adult content or sometime they don’t allow you. But, you can find the listing of the adult hosting providers on them also, if they don’t allow, you can choose hosting services of those companies. So, if they don’t allow, they provide you choices which allows it.
If the wordpress is on the self-hosted environment, you can put the Google ad sense which is not allowed in a free hosting environment. You can put any custom theme of your choice and also re-design it with the way you like. You can always add new functionality to your website using the plugins. So, you can add fancy of features on your website. All the controls are in your hand you can make the site setup exactly the way you want it to be. You can any linking and manage any of the hassles that comes to you. As with the feature available in free hosting environment, Import-Export features is also available. You can anytime switch to the free environment or vice-versa.
Both the free hosting and self hosting environments have advantages and disadvantages, but all depends on the assessment what you need and what is available and where you want to take your site in the near future. WordPress is same in both self hosted and free environment. WordPress is flexible you can switch to any of the environment at any time.