Self-Hosted (S)

Self-Hosted – Taking the Leap

When I first started blogging I was told time and time again that you should start off self-hosted.  By this I mean, own your domain name and pay a monthly/yearly fee to host your own website.

There was a problem with this though, I didn’t know how my blog was going to work out.  I didn’t want to pay out at the beginning without knowing if this was truly going to be something for me.

As the months rolled on, I realised that I was having a lot of fun with my blog, meeting a great community of bloggers and I was finding the whole process very therapeutic.  I wondered – aloud to my hubby and anyone else who would listen – should I move from my free wordpress site to a paid platform?

I was a little nervous about it.

Worried about what it would entail.  Concerned I would lose everything in the process.  I spoke to other bloggers who had made the leap, they all told me the same thing: it can be painful to do but worth it when it is all done.

I didn’t know what to do.  So I did a list.  I like lists.  They have helped me make all sorts of decisions over the years: Should I change jobs? Should we move to Germany?  Should I drink more wine (joking…kind of)?

The list looked something like this (only messier as I was scribbling it down in my blogging notebook with children climbing all over me).

  • Free WordPress Pros
    • Free
    • Already set up
    • You don’t need to be technical to manage the site
    • Easy to use
  • Free WordPress Cons
    • Limited flexibility – this is what I have in my notebook although it really should read: No flexibility
    • Unable to add plug ins to enhance my site
    • I don’t own my site
    • Space is limited, so will have to upgrade eventually
  • Self-hosted Pros
    • Control over design
    • Control of plugins
    • My domain name is mine
    • More information on SEO using plug ins.
    • Would look more professional.
    • Cleaner URL
  • Self-hosted Cons
    • May lose stats
    • May lose followers

As you can see my list was fairly biased on moving my website across.

So what did I do?

Nothing. Nada. Zilch.

I didn’t do anything and kept going with my free site.  In other words  I chickened out, big-style.

So why didn’t I do anything?

I was concerned I wasn’t technically-minded enough to go self-hosted, even though I had people that would guide me if needed.  Also, I still wasn’t sure that I was good enough.  I had a huge amount of self-doubt, I was wondering if my content could justify going self-hosted.

That was over a month ago.  I have thought about it constantly since then.

Then last weekend, I was blogging and I just thought: “I just need to do this”.  I am not sure why I suddenly decided I wanted to move, but I knew it was now or never.  I love my blog, I love the community that has opened its arms to me, so I thought why not put a bit more love into it?

I dont make life easy for myself though, as some may have noticed I am bang, smack in the middle of a blogging challenge.  So I got a load of scheduled posts lined up for this week and decided to make the leap.  Something in me felt like, if I didn’t do it now, I may never do it.

After looking at various different companies and ways to move my site, I decided to go with SiteGround.  I am SO glad I did.  They have been so helpful and it is always easy to get in contact with them.

The experience of moving my blog over is a whole other blog post, so I am not going to go into that now.

For now, I just want to say I am so glad I made the leap.  I love the new look of my blog.  I love the flexibility.  I feel like it is now truly my blog.

As the week draws to an end, I am almost ready to get back to my normal blogging week.  I am catching up with stuff today and looking forward to sharing my new blog with the world next week as I link up to some of my favourite bloggers.

I would love to hear in the comments what your decision has been with regards to going self-hosted.  Have you made the leap?  If so why did you choose to do it? I would love to get recommendations on plug-ins that you use and love.
If you are still on a free WordPress site, are you planning on moving your site at some point?  Do you have any burning questions you would like answered?

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Making the leap to self-hosted

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  1. 22nd April 2016 / 4:45 pm

    I’m in the process of moving to self hosted at the moment, so glad I chose to go with a hosting company that do the migration for you! I’m nowhere near technically minded enough to do it myself 🙂 Fingers crossed I’ll be completely migrated and new theme sorted by the end of the weekend. Yours looks fab btw!! x

    • Double the Monkey Business
      29th April 2016 / 10:06 am

      Thank you! I hope it has went well, I have had a look at your site and it looks fantastic! How did you find the move in the end? x

      • 1st May 2016 / 8:35 am

        Thank you lovely, I didn’t find the move too stressful although I did have about 12 hours during the migration where I thought I’d lost my site but luckily after a nights sleep it was back up and running the next Morning. I’m loving the freedom you have with a self hosted site. How are you getting on with yours? X

        • Double the Monkey Business
          3rd May 2016 / 7:13 pm

          Oh no that sounds like a nightmare 12 hours. It went ok, it has taken a lot of tweaking but managed to transfer all my posts, stats, comments and followers. I lost all my likes for individual posts though which was a little annoying. Glad it is over and done with now and kind of wish I had made that leap a little sooner 🙂 x

          • 3rd May 2016 / 7:23 pm

            I lost all my likes too, very irritating. I’m glad I didn’t leave it any longer before going self hosted, I would hate to have to migrate anything more than a few months worth of posts and data. Glad that your move went pretty smoothly though 🙂 x

          • Double the Monkey Business
            3rd May 2016 / 7:26 pm

            That is exactly what I was thinking, I dread to think what it would have been like if I had a years worth of posts to move over. It is fun playing around with all the different plugins you can use, much more flexibility on the site. x

  2. randommusings29
    22nd April 2016 / 3:01 pm

    I did the same – debated it and ummed and aahed. I knew I wanted to do it, I just wasn’t sure I could do it properly. I eventually decided to do it. I figured the worst that could happen would be to lose everything and start over – heart breaking as this would have been, I reasoned I’d done it once I could do it again. I needn’t have worried. Everything moved over fine, the only thing I lost was my DA which went from 41 back to 1. I am still kind of annoyed about that as it takes months to build it back up!

  3. Double the Monkey Business
    22nd April 2016 / 2:37 pm

    That is exciting. We should swap notes 🙂 x

  4. Kat
    22nd April 2016 / 2:27 pm

    I have just got my self hosting package and will be moving everything over next week! Exciting! 🙂

    • Double the Monkey Business
      29th April 2016 / 10:08 am

      How did it go hun? What is your new website address? x

        • Double the Monkey Business
          3rd May 2016 / 7:45 pm

          Let me connect through to it now 🙂 your site looks brilliant, love the theme and layout!

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