Deciding Whether Or Not To Host Your Own Website

I was looking through some old Google Docs and I found a spreadsheet (embedded below) that compares the features of various hosted (aka website as a service) web services. These are services that provide you a website and associated functionality (varying by service provider) that require no technical setup on your part. At the time I created the spreadsheet I was weighing whether or not I should launch a new website using either a hosted service or my own web hosting account. I know that this is a decision that people who are new to web publishing struggle with so I figured that I would provide some thoughts on the pros and cons of procuring a web site as a service.

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