Building a blog-self hosting 8 weeks in… the follow up Part 1

Going it alone…

If you caught up on the mini-series about going self-hosted then you will know we are about 8 weeks in after going it alone with TSO hosting.

If this is something you are thinking of doing please check out my mini-series, (it is in four bite size parts, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4).

Where roughly 2 months in, so I thought you might like an update on where we are with the blog and the changes we may have made as a result.

TSO Hosting…


The decision to go with TSO was an easy one for me. I was a good girl and did my research. They were what seemed like the top choice among bloggers in my niche.

I went for the Lite hosting option (you can change or upgrade at any time) at £15.00 per annum. This has worked out well for me so far. TSO are very helpful and quick at responding to support tickets. I have seen some other bloggers having issues with them recently but we have had no problems at all.

The one thing that hasn’t been so great is my email address now associated with my blog. I have been using it on my S7 edge and it’s not really working. It’s something I need to look into when I have the time (Time – There never seems enough of it lately).

Blog Theme…

I put myself forward for a blog critique with a more respected blogger on a Facebook Page I follow and surprisingly there weren’t as many changes to be made as I had anticipated. Her advice was to keep my sidebar clean. It was quite busy, there was too much going on. So I simplified it slightly.

It’s always good to have a fresh pair of eyes take a look at your blog. It’s something I would recommend doing, but remember what other people think is not always gospel.

One person may think it an eyesore but it may appeal to others.

Trust your intuition, keep in mind this is YOUR BLOG!!

I have stuck with the free WordPress buttons theme for now. I keep seeing the name Pipdig bounced around and have had some serious theme envy of those with their themes installed. In the new year, I think I may need to take a look.


Learning what plugins work best for your site is going to be a bit hit and miss. You won’t really know what will work until your actually using it.

Here is a list of some of the plugin’s I recommended in one of my previous posts, I haven’t uninstalled any of these.

  • Jetpack
  • CommentLuv
  • Image Widget
  • Wordfence
  • Yoast SEO

Here are a few new ones that I have added to the selection:

  • Askimet- I came home to 199 spam comments one day and knew I need to install a spam plugin
  • Social Media Auto Push – For pushing posts to facebook etc
  • Editorial calendar- I’ve yet to use it. This is something I will be checking out more on soon. I have been scheduling more lately following the start of my series blogger Outreach project ( check out this week here)

So that’s it for part 1 stay tuned for part 2 which will be posted on Wednesday covering:

  • Post promotion
  • my mini series
  • scheduling

Thanks for reading see you soon.



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