When Is The Right Time To Self Host Your Blog?
Signs That You Are Ready To Self Host A Blog
I was asked several times about when the right time is to self host a blog. There are those who want to upgrade their blog platform after blogging for 3-5 years using free blog platforms while there are those who have just started blogging yet they already want to expand their blog brand by self hosting. Actually, it doesn’t matter how long you have been blogging for you to self host a blog, if you know that you are ready to self host your blog then that’s the right time.
But how to figure out that you are ready to self host a blog? I’m sure this is a big question that many bloggers think about. So, let’s find out.
You don’t feel comfortable anymore
As you explore other blogs, encounter creative ideas and learn new things, unknowingly you are growing as a blogger. Then you figure out more about your ideal craft and yourself which would make you want to do better things. Improving your blogging style and upgrading to a better platform are just two of the new things you would want to see in your blogging experience. While you are desiring to do better things, you may not feel comfortable anymore with your current platform. Perhaps you are not anymore comfortable with the limited features of free WordPress or you are already annoyed with the system of Blogger.
You want a better home online
As blogger, your blog is your little space online where you can consider it as home for your ideas and thoughts. Just like how you would want to sleep in a better and comfortable home, you would also want to have a better space online where you want to see your articles posted. Your blog is where your viewers will visit your blog posts, so it is essential that they would feel comfortable and welcome visiting your blog. Another sign that you are ready to self host a blog is that you want to have a better home online where you and your audience would feel home.
You want to do more things
Free blog platforms have very limited features while you can do unlimited things using self hosted WordPress. If you are a blogger who wants to do more things online such as building a brand, selling, blogging for profit, effective delivery of message, and networking then it’s time for you to self host a blog. Self hosted WordPress has features that no free blog platform has. There are a lot of plugins on self hosted WordPress that would help you to blog efficiently.
You’ve figured out what your blog goals are
Knowing your goals in blogging may encourage you to self host your blog. If you already know what kind of blogger you are, and in what way you think you would be effective as a blogger then you would want to improve your blogging skills by expanding your blogging experience.
You are willing to invest dollars
Maybe you had thoughts that migrating to self hosted WordPress is too expensive but actually you can start self hosting a small blog for just $30-60 for one whole year. If you are willing to invest such amount (and even more) then self hosting is not a problem for you.
You are willing to learn and to seek help
Moving to self hosted WordPress is easy but very scary and confusing especially for those first timers. Read a lot about self hosting and ask others about their experiences in moving their blogs to self hosted WordPress. Sometimes what stops others from self hosting is their fear that they might ruin the process or do things wrongly. So, don’t be scared to ask for help.
You are ready not to take a break
For self hosted WordPress, you can’t simply say you need a break. You have to maintain your site. Back up your site every while in case your hosting will be down. It’s better you have saved all the files you worked hard for. Also, you have to regularly pay your hosting and domain fees or else your site will be turned down. If you don’t want to lose your files, you have to check your blog regularly.
These are just some signs that you are ready to self host a blog. It is necessary that you think smart before you take the step of upgrading your blog platform. Make a list of the reasons why you want to self host your blog and another list of things that are holding you back from self hosting.
Here are my personal lists before I self hosted my blog.
Reasons why I wanted to self host my blog?
- I wasn’t comfortable anymore with Blogger and free WordPress
- I wanted to have my own domain
- I wanted a responsive blog design
- I wanted to build a brand
- I wanted to earn
- I wanted to be heard more
- I wanted plugins to help me to blog efficiently and faster
- I wanted to have more ownership over my content
- I wanted to have unlimited control over my blog
- I wanted to experience better and new things
- I wanted to learn more
Reasons that were holding me back from self hosting?
- I didn’t know whom to ask help and support
- It was too expensive for me
- I was scared my content might get lost
- I was scared that my loyal audience would not be able to find my new blog
I had too many reasons to self host my blog and few reasons that were holding me back from self hosting. I didn’t let those few reasons to stop me from migrating so I didn’t stop in finding solutions.
I didn’t have anyone to help me from migrating. I wish I had someone who could help me but those I knew were asking additional fees. So, I had to study, and learn the technical stuff of migrating. It took me several attempts, and failures until I made it. If you know someone who can help you in migrating, please do ask for guidance. Bluehost, and hostgator were my top choices of hosting but they were too expensive for a student like me and I was scared that I might get no support from them. So I bought a hosting from a local hosting provider that I knew I can approach anytime. They were also having their sale that time. The cost was 1500 Philippine pesos or 33 US dollars. It was for 6 months. Additonally, I paid 12 US dollars for the domain. I really wanted to self host a blog so I invested such amount from the first earnings I got from designing blogs. Another reason that was holding me back was my fear that my contents might get lost after migrating, so I researched and found out some back up techniques. Then, I was certain my contents were secured. Lastly, the most concern I had was that I had good audience from www.ladytycoons.wordpress.com, and moving to www.ladytycoons.com might confuse my loyal audience. But then I decided to still move despite that fear. I was thinking that even I lose few audience, I was certain I would gain more. And, I was right. I was also thinking of buying an upgrade from free wordpress that would redirect the audience who would click my previous free wordpress to the new self hosted blog but I had to pay additional fees. So, I ignored that option.
Moving to self hosted WordPress was scary but it was worth it. I am now using my ideal theme, using an upgraded hosting to host my clients’ blogs and I feel a lot comfortable with my own blog. I have the plugins that help me in blogging effectively. No regrets. I’m thankful.
What about you? Do you think you are ready to self host?
If you have any questions regarding blogging and migrating, contact me.