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.