I have finally taken the plunge to go self hosted. Little me with my tiny blog in a world with gazillions of other blogs. Fighting the way through for decent page views, visitor numbers and of course doing everything known to man to try to increase my DA.
So this is my account of what it’s like to go self hosted and why I did.
It’s been over 14 months since I started blogging. I chose to go on blogger as it was very simple to set up for a newbie like me. I don’t have a lot of web experience so the simpler they better.
Now 14 months later I felt as if I had out grown my blog. I wanted to add bits that you are unable to do on blogger. During my 14 months there I have changed my them and header design a few times but you are just limited with what you can do.
So I have taken the plunge into the big scary world of self hosting.
A week after going self hosted I can say now it’s the best thing I have done.
The sky is now the limit!
I’m tweaking bits and bobs every day to get it to how I want.
My newest feature I’m so proud of are my gorgeous sharing buttons! I just love them!
Yes I love plugins! There are thousands to browse and try out. I tried loads before I managed to find the perfect sharing buttons for me with thanks to the tribal chat ladies who pointed me in the right direction.
Self hosted means you have your own domain. I know you can have a vanity domain on blogger as that is what I had . You can also have your own email address and mailbox on self hosted. Mine is simply firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the great things is that you can customise your blog with your own theme if you design websites. Or you can choose from hundreds of themes readily available and then tinker around with colours, sliders and what not.
You can place adverts on your blog where ever you like. Make a bit of money at the same time. But remember if you do make even a penny don’t forget to register with HMRC.
I went with TSO HOST when I decided to move to self hosted. I had heard lots of good thing about them from other bloggers. I can say that they were excellent while moving me over. The customer service was superb. I’m a bit of a numpty when it comes to things like websites and stuff so they were very patient with me and everything was achieved that I needed.
TSO HOST also offer a free migration service so they will move all your content over from a free platform like they did with me from blogger. All my posts and comments arrived over safely.
I have a 10% off code for UK Hosting if you do decide to change and go self hosted. I recommend it!
*This post contains affiliate links which means if you click through and buy I will receive a little back, which helps towards the up keep of my blog. So thanks if you do. xx