It’s now been a few weeks since I went self-hosted, so it’s time to share my experiences. Going self-hosted was a big step for me. I was aware that there has been times when I’ve not blogged, despite loving it. One reason for this was because the free wordpress.com platform wasn’t giving my blog the chance to grow and this put me off it. Therefore, I decided to make the leap.
First off, I don’t recommend going self-hosted if you’re a new blogger. Start off with a free WordPress blog and see if blogging is actually for you. Self-hosting is a big commitment and I only suggest doing it if you’re in this for the long run. What’s more, you have to pay a small amount of money each month to a web host, so making sure that it’s what you want is key.
Choosing a web host
The first thing I had to do was choose a web host. After asking around the blogging community, SiteGround cropped up the most. I went for the GrowBig package, which is under £4 a month (cheaper than Spotify student and brings me far more pleasure)! With GrowBig, the main perk is that SiteGround transfer your blog filed for you. Even the thought of doing that myself scared, even with the WordPress guide! Everyone was so helpful and after the initial transferral was complete, SiteGround talked me through the next steps. Before I knew it, everything was set up!
The perks of going self-hosted
The major advantage is having access to things like plugins and beautiful themes to optimise your blog and make it look more professional. Whilst you could splash out on a fancy £40 Pipdig theme, I am in no such place to do so, yet I found a wealth of stunning free themes that fit the bill. I’m currently using Cressida by LyraThemes and I love it!
As for plugins, Yoast SEO and Google Analytics Dashboard are some of my favourites. They allow me to improve my blog’s SEO and track its performance, so I know what content is proving popular. I have also been using the JQuery Pin It plugin, as recommended by the lovely Emily Becca. If you see an image on my blog that you like, you can hit the Pinterest logo in the top left corner and add it to your Pinterest feed easily.
I’ve found that taking my blog self-hosted has in fact motivated me to blog more than ever. As I’m aware that I’m paying for it, I want to make the most of having a self-hosted blog. I now have a schedule and have planned posts in advance. I’m noticing an improvement in my stats and my DA score is 17, having previously been non-existent. The chance to monetize your blog is far greater. Going self-hosted has opened up doors I’d not thought possible in the world of blogging. If you’re serious about your blog and want to see it grow, then I’d recommend going self-hosted.
If you any questions about going self-hosted, then just drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll answer them as best I can.