When I started my blog back in August I had no idea what going self hosted meant. I’d bought my own domain and thought that’s all I needed to do. Then, I kept reading reasons to go self hosted and I felt it made sense to do it. But, I kept putting it off. I was worried it was going to be complicated to do and that I’d lose all my posts. So, I was relieved when the whole thing went smoothly. I was impressed with how easy the process was, too.
Choosing a host
I had an idea of the host I was going to go self hosted with. However, I changed my mind a week before I took the plunge as I read some unfavourable comments about them on Twitter. In the end, I chose Kloudhost after reading about them on The Money Shed and I can’t praise them highly enough. They did all the hard work for me and when I’ve had a query, they’ve responded to my ticket in minutes.
I signed up to Kloudhost on 28th February. I provided them with a copy of my blog, they installed WordPress for me and uploaded my existing blog content. This didn’t take long at all. The longest part of the process was waiting for Go Daddy to transfer my domain across. It took a week in total as they sent me a do not reply email which they actually wanted me to reply to. Their customer service agent demonstrated a perfect example of poor customer service by berating me for not replying to their email and for trying to sort it via webchat instead.
The only thing that didn’t transfer over properly were the images on my post. They were all there but only a handful were set as featured images. I’m glad I’ve only been blogging since August as it was a timely and somewhat boring task to sort. I could have relaunched my blog earlier, but I wanted to get a decent number of posts drafted and ready to post, especially as we’re off on holiday soon.
Opting to go self hosted was definitely the right decision for me and I love my new blog. The entire process was pain free and so much easier and swifter than I anticipated.