I spoke briefly about going down the self hosting route in previous posts (you can read them here).
I made the decision a few weeks back that YES my blog is good enough to warrant going self hosted.
I’d (much to the surprise of my husband ) kept the blogging up pretty consistently and have been gaining a steady stream of followers.
I’ve really enjoyed working hard on it each night and putting in my heart and soul.
The majority vote for hosting provider was TSO so I decided to give them a go. I also purchased my domain name from them. Annoyingly .com was taken so that’s going to have to be something I need to deal with a little further down the line.
I must say the recommendation was worth it, so far TSO have been great.
The actual migration took about 10 minutes (my site is fairly small, around 250 posts) If your site is on a larger scale then I would imagine it will take slightly longer. I was expecting the site to be down for around 48 hours. I couldnt believe how quickly they turned it around, I also received a direct contact as soon as the migration had taken place.
Any questions I have had TSO have been able to answer in a timely fashion. They are only able to migrate over text and media so it’s a good idea to make a note of what Widgets you will need to reinstall.
One of the biggest draws for going self hosted is the control you have over your blog.
You will find that you are very restricted on the free wordpress platform, self hosting allows much more blogging freedom.
I would recommend staying on wordpress.com if you are a hobby blogger or if you are blogging just for fun. Once you are posting regularly and promoting these posts that’s when you might want to look into going self hosted.
If you are looking to make money from your site then you will need to take the big step and go it alone. Many companies will only work with bloggers with their own DA (Domain Authority, something you will only get if you are self hosted or purchase a domain name)
My DA currently stands at 1/100 and I’m hoping to build on this over the upcoming months.
If you are interested in finding out what DA is or your score then I would definitely recommend a visit to Moz at https://moz.com/learn/seo/domain-authority
I plan on doing a series of posts to guide you through the changes I have made to my blog from themes to widgets and plug-ins.
I feel like I’m learning something new everyday, I would love to share the knowledge I’m picking up and hopefully be in a position to help other bloggers who are just starting out.
If you have any questions about what was involved with going self hosted with TSO please feel free to ask me.
If you would like to check out TSO please click here. This is a affiliate link and I do get a small kick back if you choose to go ahead and purchase. http://my.tsohost.com/aff.php?aff=4337
It’s a really huge daunting step, you will be completely responsible for your own site now.
That comes with a complete set of new worries.
Good luck with making the decision to go self hosted.