Going Self Hosted
Are you thinking about going self hosted with your blog but unsure where to start? In this post I’ll be talking through, hopefully everything you’ll need to know to get you from your ‘.wordpress.com’ website to your very own domain. It is super easy to do and I hope you find this little ‘Going Self Hosted’ guide both helpful and informative.
Why did I go self hosted and when?
So, after a month of blogging (Very quick I know!) I decided that I’d like to make my own little space open to the Big Wide World for everyone to see. I was never a huge fan of the wordpress.com but it got me going to help start my blog.
My decision to go self-hosted was a mix of everything but mainly the ability to customise my website more to my own style and being able to improve my website Domain Authority (DA) you may see blogging opportunities asking for a DA of 20+ etc so that was a BIG factor for me as to why I went self hosted so early on. But before making the decision maybe ask yourself a set of key questions to see if now is the right time: Are you dedicated to your blog? Are you wanting more control over the appearance of your blog? Do you want to grow your blog? If the answers to all of these are YES, then self hosted may be right for you!
If you’ve looked into going self hosted then you’ll know just how many hosts are available web site hosting with Silky Ocean Studios looks amazing! Sadly I am stuck in a year contract with GoDaddy, but there is a whole range of services that ‘The Host’ companies offer, so it’s definitely worth looking around for a good deal/ a company you can rely on.
I went with the standard web hosting package with GoDaddy priced at £2.99/month. It’s one of those, if you are willing to pay and invest you will obviously get a better service compared to being on hold for 10 minutes waiting for someone in US to answer the call. I’d always recommend looking at price clauses and renewal fees (Don’t get stitched up!)
Moving A Blog to Self-Hosted:
I had a wordpress.com site and expected it to be quite a hassle but I was able to export my old blog and imported it into my new blog within 15 minutes, all by my self with a little help from an online tutorial! GoDaddy and Silky Ocean Studios both have excellent technies on board to help you if you get stuck along the way. GoDaddy has a wordpress one-click install so you can access your wordpress.org and get going straight away!
Themes and Customisation:
This was/still is my favourite part of going self hosted! Being able to edit your blog to exactly how you’d like it to look. Whether this be colour themes, design themes or the custom font you use on the blog. I actually decided when I was going self hosted to buy a one off payment blog theme from Pipdig! They have a lovely array of beautifully created designs to suit any blog/website. They even integrate it all together for you within 48-72 hours and the support they give is the BEST. I cannot wait to change my theme when I get bored of my current one and I know they will have loads to choose from! It’s so easy to change and integrate everything to your blog which therefore means you can increase your blog traffic, SEO, Google Adwords all extremely easily.
I loved going self hosted and I am so glad I decided to from near the beginning of my blogging journey!
I hope you found this of interest and if you have any questions about going self hosted feel free to drop me a line 🙂