Going Self Hosted With My Blog

Nearing the end of last year, I’d decided that — as my blog was 2 years old and I was in no hurry to stop writing— I was going to pay it a bit more attention and give it a makeover. I was finally  ta-daaah ‘going self hosted’!

I’d decided to move on from a free WordPress blog to a self-hosted site… which was pretty easy to arrange as the lovely guys at IFDNRG, who host my work websites, have agreed to host my new blog too. I told then which domain name I wanted and hey presto — up and running before I knew it.

The look and feel was a slightly different matter! Initially, I was going to keep the same theme as before but in light of a new year (once a designer, always a designer) I concluded that it was time for a brand new look.

Going Self Hosted

Going self hosted has its pros and cons.

The pros are that you can monetise your blog, plus you’ll have much more control over the way it looks.

Plus you can really get to grips with the SEO. Way more than if you’re using a free blog.

But with the positives, obviously, come some negatives.

You have to pay for your hosting — that can be expensive — you’ll need to shop around.

You might also have to pay for a decent blog theme. These can range from £30 upwards. I like the ones from Angie Makes.

A Brand New Look

After a lot bit of trial and error and swearing, I finally managed to work out how to use the back-end of my new theme!

A lot of faffing ensued but FINALLY I have a blog that I’m happy with the look of! *high five to that*

Hopefully going self hosted and being able to change the look of my blog will inspire me to write more (or as much as I can with a marriage, twins, a home and a business to keep on top of!).

It almost feels like having a brand new diary for 2015!

A lovely fresh feel to welcome in the new year.

Bring it on.

Going self hosted — feels like a brand new diary for the new year!

7 thoughts on “Going Self Hosted With My Blog”

    • Thanks ever so much Alana! And don’t be scared!! I would wholeheartedly recommend it! Particularly if you’re going to use someone like the guys at IFDNRG who organised the purchase of my new domain name and the hosting and transfer etc…

      All I’ve done is upload a new blog theme and tinker about with the look and feel of it.

      To be honest, the back end of self-hosted WP looks exactly the same as the free version, so not so scary! The only big difference is the fact you can add lots of lovely (free) plug-ins and make your blog look a bit more how you’d like it to be.

      If you do it, and get stuck at all, just let me know! Will be happy to help if I’m able to!

  1. Your site is gorgeous. Well done on taking the plunge, I couldn’t do it, I tried, but failed! So my little blog is staying put on blogger, with my own domain name :-) x

    • Thanks darling — that’s so kind of you!! The thought didn’t cross my mind for ages but when I hit the 2 year mark I figured I wasn’t going to stop writing anytime soon. So glad I’ve done it now! :) X

  2. What a lovely way to start the new year. You are right, it is a clear page in a diary. A fresh start. I love your new design. It is so pretty, fresh and perfect for your blog. Thanks for linking up to #SundaysStars. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

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