If you know me well you know I’ve had so much stress deciding what platform to use for my blog. I started off with wordpress as it was the easiest to understand and navigate at the time. After a couple of months there I wanted to buy a domain and look a little more professional. However if you buy a domain you then have to upgrade your plan. Being the cheap student I was I did not want to do this, so I moved to blogger. Blogger did bring some benefits such as more customising once you get your head around HTML, I could add my own domain without any extra cost and everything was fine. However, I hadn’t quite realised that you would pretty much have to start again. The interaction on my blog was very low. I had to really promote my blog hard on social media to get anywhere; it was so disheartening compared to when I would get interaction without promoting before. So then I made the big move to go back to wordpress and become self hosted.
Self hosted seems a little scary but I literally just use wordpress as I would before and there’s not much change. I debated what host to use for a long time and looked into all of them. For me the best one was Siteground. This was the cheapest and also offers 24hour support, and for someone like me I stress A LOT. So this was super important.
For those of you that don’t really know what self hosted is, essentially you own your own blog. You can control a lot more of it and really give that professional look. If you’re looking to work with brands I would really recommend this. Brands don’t have all day to read all your content. They will spend a couple of minutes on your page, looking at the layout and maybe read a post. Selfhosting will allow you to really up your game.
Benefits of Self Hosting:
- You get your own domain, come who wouldn’t want this, just gives your blog that professional feel.
- There are so many more themes to access. I’m currently just using a free one from wordpress until I get the funds to buy my own.
- You can get your own personal email, again looking professional.
- You can use google adsence if you wish, that can allow you to gain a small income from your blog.
- You can access more pluglins such as having your instagram feed in your footer.
- All your blog posts and followers can be sent over.
- You can add google analytics which gives a great tracking of views to your site.
Why I choose Siteground?
I picked the start up plan which cost £2.75 a month which when you come to think about it isn’t much at all. When they add tax to it you end up paying around £30 a year, which I think is such a great price considering all of the benefits. I was taken through the whole process and I took me less than 24 hours to get everything transferred and my site up and running.
Sitegrounds best feature is there 24/7 live chat. I have to say maybe I used it a little too much as I wanted to make sure I got everything right. They were super helpful and never minded with my flood of questions and I definitely got my desired outcome.
During the process you have to give your log in details which to me was a little scary. I changed my password to something completely random and have changed it since. I was a little worried about this but so many people use Site Ground and they only use it to purely move over your site, so I had no reason to be.
I used my old blog from wordpress however you can also transfer a blog from most other platforms but you will end up on wordpress. This way it’s so simple and you can keep all your post, the only thing that may be changed is the layout.
If you’re interested in visit SiteGround visit their site HERE.
Self-Hosting is so much easier then you think, If you’ve got the extra cash I would totally recommend doing it. Feel free to ask me something if you have any questions.
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