“The capacity to learn is a gift; The ability to learn is a skill; The. willingness to learn is a choice.” Brian Herbert
This little series is well and truly on it’s way. I’m loving it each week and hope you guys are to! If one person can take something from each post I’m one the moon with that!!
Here’s a few posts of what I’ve covered so far:
This week I wanted to talk about Going Self Hosted
Mrs S. LDN is a self hosted blog. What does this mean…..
- I use a host to publish my site
- I’m on WordPress.org, NOT WordPress.com
- I’m also still on the WordPress Reader
- Plugins are an option for me to install
- I have to back up my site myself
- My content / brand is my own and WordPress.com has no rights to it.
- I have my own domain – http://mrssldn.com No wordpress mention whats so ever.
- I have my own bespoke emails address: email@example.com
- Customisation is unlimited, there is nothing you cannot do on your website
- No ads are ever shown unless you put them there yourself
Who Do I Host With?
I have signed up to an affiliate link for Bluehost so if anyone fancies going to Bluehost feel free to click below. DO NOT feel obligated to do so!!!!! (This means if you sign up on my tag I’ll earn a commission for it, I signed up to Bluehost this way on another blogger’s page via their link….) Leave a comment below if you have more questions on this!
How Long does it take…..
I did mine by myself over a weekend. It can take up to 24 hours to fully transfer over if you need to export your current blog. You can do this and lose none of your previously published posts, followers etc. The only thing you do lose – for me anyway – was the stats for my original months. I never wrote them down or made a note of them so that is one thing I would say to do before you make the leap.
Some hosts will do it all for you at a charge. If you are really nervous about this you could look into that. I had a whole weekend set aside to do it so I knew I would be focusing on that. Do note there is a million places online that you can google for help on this kind of thing. Anytime I came across an issue or something I wasn’t sure on, I just googled it. Nothing was a major issue for me.
It is very straight forward, previous to me moving over I had nada experience!! Each server also has a help setup where you can contact them, you are never on your own!!
Is there other Hosters other than Bluehost…
YES!! And next week’s post will have more on this if you want to hold off until then. I am contacting other bloggers to find out how they get on with theirs to give your more info on this. If you follow me and self host please do get in touch so you can join in – firstname.lastname@example.org
What I’ve Learned going Self Hosted
- I wish I had done it sooner
- All my posts published previously to the move are not SEO setup. I am slowly but surely re-doing them every Thursday, hence my TBT posts 🙂
- I love having total control over my site and being able to have all the extra plugins really does help me in what I want to do with the site
- I blog as a hobby and have yet to make money from it. (This Bluehost link is the first one I am testing the waters with) If you plan to fully monetise your blog you should look into this. It gives you way more opportunities.
I am in no way an expert at this, the above is simply what I have done and what has worked for me! I promise to keep you posted on how I get on with the affiliate links!
If you have any questions, do get in touch!!! Would love to see what you think or if you already self host, what you have found!