Since I initially started my blog last July, one thing in which I kept “um’ing” and “ah’ing” at was whether I should take the ultimate Blogging plunge and go self-hosted or not. Granted, I tried to go self-hosted last October with Go Daddy, but that quickly fell through and it is safe to say I would never use them again… never mind their customer service.
A few months later, and I decided to take the plunge again. As much as I felt comfortable with using wordpress.com, their features just weren’t enough for me anymore. I desperately wanted control over my own theme, how my blog looked, being able to use Google Analytics, and overall just taking my blog to the next level.
After searching the internet for hours (yes, hours), I decided to use site ground. A lot of other Bloggers I knew also used them for their self-hosted Blog and what’s even better is that they offer 24/7 customer service and their prices are reasonable. They literally set up everything for me, and I didn’t have to do anything myself. I literally sat there with my brew and watched my Blog transform into something I’ve always wanted. What’s even better is that they migrated my existing wordpress.com site over to my new wordpress.org self-hosted site for free (unlike ‘Go Daddy’ who tried to charge me extra… sigh).
It sounds so perfect, right? So is there any negatives to going self-hosted? As much as going self-hosted is amazing, affordable, and really gives you the opportunity to customise your blog how you want, there are a couple of contrary pointers. For example, my statistics have gone back to 0 so all my previous views that I worked hard on have totally vanished. With that also comes new blog followers, but I couldn’t transfer my old one’s onto my new blog. As much as I was a bit disheartened by this, you can easily build your Blog back up again. With added customisation, your Blog has improved in itself by going self-hosted and followers and views will follow.
If you don’t know who to pick to go self-hosted with, I would definitely recommend ‘Site Ground,’ and no I am not being paid to recommend them so all opinions are 100% my own. Their customer service is fantastic, and even when I was mega stressed out with the whole migration process, their help and guidance made it so much easier on me- I felt like I wasn’t going round in circles! Their plans also start at £2.75 / month so you can’t really go wrong with the price.
So, the question is… is going self-hosted really worth it? When it comes to improving my Blog and my content, I seriously think going self-hosted was one of the best things I ever did. As much as I tried to put it off and as much as I got stressed over it, I have never been so happy with my blog look or my Blog in general… what have you got to loose?!
You can check out ‘Site Ground’s’ self hosted plans and browse their website by clicking here.
Love and happiness always,
Note: This blog post was not sponsored, all opinions are my own. The links provided are in partnership with my affiliate link with site ground which helps keep my blog running.