Taking full control . . . . how I went self-hosted

Going self-hosted

This is my process of going self hosted – your may be different.

The decision

This post has taken me ages to write and to be honest it has been a labour of love.

So after a year of blogging I decided that I had to go all in and commit to my blog or resign it to the pile of things that I like doing but never have the time for. I had already bought my domain (www.lifewithchristine.co.uk) from GoDaddy but I needed to change from WordPress.com to WordPress.org where I would be able to have full control over my blog.

Now I googled this over and over again and every answer I got seemed to suggest that it was super easy and would take me mere minutes to do. Then I could add a pretty theme and hey presto! I would be good to go.

YEAH RIGHT!

Hosting

So I decided to use tsohost for my hosting. Everything was easy enough. I went through and bought myself a year of hosting. I bought the WordPress Hosting package. Simple. I then followed though and asked them to migrate everything over to the new site. This is where things got complicated. They were able to do this but as I am in no way tech savvy I managed to get myself all confused.

 

So I got back onto the web and the old favourite that is Youtube. The best video I found to help was from WPEAGLE (who also has a discount code for the hosting btw!) His website can be found here.

 

So I followed his instructions word for word and to be honest I didn’t have much luck – my blog crashed and I had not idea what was going on. This is when I started to stress. BIG TIME!

My Mistake

At this point I should have contacted TSOhost again and asked them for help. The problems were due to an error on their end but I didn’t know this and I wasn’t sure. Now in hindsight I can confirm that they will literally answer ALL your questions – silly, stupid or valid. Plus they are really fast at coming back to you!

However I am an idiot and started to stress. I lost all faith in my blog. I changed back to WordPress.com and didn’t even want to look near my blog never mind write posts.

 

Now let’s recap all of that again. I have bought my hosting at TSOhost. I have paid them for 1 year of hosting and have asked them to migrate my site over to WordPress.org. Now every time I try to download WordPress.org program to my MacBook (which I am convinced I need) it seems I have to install MAMP (as I am on a Macbook) and create ALL kinds of weird and wonderful changes to hard drive files which I can’t seem to access. MAMP won’t start its servers and all the technical jargon is driving me INSANE!

I gave up. Until I spoke to some blogger friends Lynne (Champagne and Blush) and Wendie (Lurganista) who convinced me to start at the beginning again and try again.

Sorted!

I went back to TSOhost and opened a support ticket. I explained the problems I was having and within a couple of hours I had a response detailing all of the steps I should take to resolve the issues, as well as confirmation that they had fixed the issues on their end.

So with my faith restored, I logged into my GoDaddy account and changed my DNS (domain name server). This is where the servers point you to when you enter a web address and as I was now self-hosted, I had to change my DNS settings to the new host. The email from TSOhost outlined what I had to change them to.

Now I was able to log into my WordPress account and start compiling all of the blog posts that had been burning a hole in my brain for the 6 weeks that I had been offline!

Selecting a theme

The nice part was that now I had all the hosting issues sorted I could go and look at themes for my site and eventually settled on one from pipdig. Again the process was super easy and I filled in their online migration form so they could install the new theme on my site. They actually raised another issue from the host that another simple support ticket quickly resolved. Again I cannot speak highly enough of the support from TSOhost and pipdig who have always been there to solve any issues I have had – even the issues I didn’t even know about!

My advice on going forward?

Research, research and  more research. Find out as much as you can about the process, watch all the videos, google all the questions and make a plan. Pick a host and find out if they have good feedback on support especially from other bloggers. Find one that has a plan to suit your budget and buy the best value plan you can. I went for one year as I wanted to give myself a year to see where my blog would be after that time.

If you have any questions on going self hosted please do not hesitate to comment below but I must warn you I am not tech savvy but will do my very best to help!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ps I hope you like the new look blog ….

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