I did it – go me!! You might have noticed you’re reading this on sophierayne.com – i.e. I took the massive step as a blogger and went self-hosted. I was very nervous about doing this but I already know it’s going to be one of the best decisions I’ve made.
Why I Did It
I’d been thinking about going self-hosted for a few weeks, doing research, and kept putting it off. The main thing putting me off was my self-doubt. I kept thinking, “Oh I’ll do it when my blog is a bit more successful”. But then I thought, “What if owning my own blog will help me get to that goal”. So after LOTS of consideration, I did it.
I had spoken to a few fellow bloggers and they all said that going self-hosted was the best decision they had made for their blog. I’m starting to understand why. There are SO many more customising options, you can get help with the likes of SEO to drive more traffic to your blog etc.
The first thing I did was buy my domain name. I bought my name with godaddy.com – they just seemed like a secure, popular website that many people recommend.
I then bought my hosting – I ended up buying a WordPress package through Site Ground
If you want more detail about how I did this, let me know and I will do a follow-up post.
After everything was bought, I then had the daunting task of transferring over old blog material, selecting new themes, customisation…the list is endless!
Site Ground have been amazing so far in helping me. You can transfer over your old blog yourself, or get a specialist to do it for you (for free might I add). This was the option I picked and it saved me so much stress.
It has been quite time-consuming changing and customising everything but I’m very excited for the future!