There's no doubt about it, WordPress is a remarkable platform for publishing, but beware the pitfalls of self-hosted blogs and websites.
I struggled for about two and a half years with my wordpress.org self-hosted site. The issues were unstoppable, and the forums to mend the problems, equally unstoppable. You find yourself getting entwined in an ever-deepening maze of 'solutions'. The blog is too slow? Speed it up with a plugin! Insecure? Protect it a plugin! Plugins giving you problems? Sort them out with a plugin? Alternative, take a masters degree in WordPress coding and sort these issues out yourself.
There are more plugins and coding solutions available than most of us have had hot dinners, but quite often they add to the dilemma, rather than taking it away.
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