Most people, when they begin blogging, start with a free blog on a hosted service, like WordPress.com or Blogger. Easy-to-use and inexpensive, these services are ideal for a hobbyist or someone just testing the blogger waters.
As your blog starts to take off, though, and the audience increases, there’s a good chance that you’ll begin to see the limitations of the free platform, and wish you could do more to customize your blog and take it to the next level.
While free blogging services have many great features, they aren’t always ideal for the serious blogger. There almost inevitably comes a point when you have to ask yourself if it’s time to make a bigger investment and self-host your blog. If you aren’t sure, here are five telltale signs that it’s time to take the plunge.