Word of the Week: Self-Hosted!

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I know, I know, I’ve read very similar posts by others in the past too and it’s really a very personal thing. I’ve been putting this process off for, literally, months. I decided to go self-hosted and up my game back in April – probably just round about the time that Sara from Mum Turned Mom posted her really helpful guide at which point I popped over to TSOHost and laid down my fiver for ownership of andthenthefunbegan.co.uk. I also made enquiries immediately with Helen Braid from Ellie Illustrates and assumed that having a re-design would necessitate the move to self-hosted. It turns out that that’s simply not the case – she can design a header which fits in perfectly with the WordPress Forever theme and slot in a nice little page background too with no effort whatsoever on your part. I enjoyed designing my new lookΒ  but I guess I then laid back on my laurels and just decided not to worry too much about making the big techy move – something which kind of scared me!

In the last couple of months I’ve realised that I wanted to move the blog on a bit. Having a taster of some of the benefits of being a bona fide blogger have made my mind up. I want to continue to invest in the writing process; the thinking process; the journaling process; and I really hope that I don’t alienate anyone, especially not the brilliant bloggers I follow who don’t give a stuff about the ‘business’ side of the journey. Maybe I’m over-thinking this… at any rate, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make the magic happen without owning my own domain with all that entails – the ability to write sponsored posts, potentially set up a linky or giveaway.

But at the same time, I was terrified of losing everything I have written, edited and styled over the course of the past 15 months and I began to procrastinate based on the need for several clear hours on my own (not something which comes too often these days!).

I began looking at creating some business cards to take with me to BlogFest in November and that’s when I knew that I had to grab the opportunity I had there and then, otherwise I would be drafting up cards with an obsolete web address. So I did it.

Following Sara’s guide to the letter, (and with a bit of help and guidance from her on the Twitter – thanks Sara!) I managed to safely dock And then the fun began… in the brave new world of WordPress.org.

Some immediate changes I made once the ball was rolling – other things I had been planning to do for months – included setting up my social media buttons (which I love!) and inserting a blog roll for lots of my absolute favourite blogs to read and follow in my sidebar.

But now? I feel a little underwhelmed. The blog essentially looks and feels the same in so many ways and, funnily enough, I haven’t suddenly been overwhelmed with PR people stumbling over themselves to offer me review opps just yet! But it’s certainly a work in progress and I’m confident that the hard work is now done which is a massive relief!

Self-hosted has to be my word of the week simply because I have been living, sleeping and dreaming about the blog all week – and I’m ashamed to say that the after-school tea & wind-down has left the children a little wild and manic as I’ve had one eye on HTML code and the other rapidly dropping!

I’ve also had a lot less time for reading and commenting up to this point so many apologies for that and I assure you all that I will be more present in the days to come!

Happy Weekend WOTWers! X

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21 thoughts on “Word of the Week: Self-Hosted!

    • Thanks Stephanie! The are cute ones aren’t they? πŸ™‚ I think a few other people have them too though as the are free and easy to find on a google search! Hope you reap the rewards too! X

    • Ah, thanks Merlinda! I am a little bit excited by it (or I was initially!) but I’m beginning to realise that there’s a lot of work still to be done! I hope you get the resources together soon (it’s actually not that costly – I think I paid Β£29 for a year’s hosting and went for an optional Β£9 for a year of having the old blog address re-directed to the new one, plus about Β£5 a year for owning the domain name – I guess it all adds up…). X

    • Well, there’s still a lot to do! I need to figure out a way to boost my readers and subscribers – haven’t quite figured out the secret to that yet! I’d like to think I write content as engaging as lots of other successful bloggers but maybe I’m missing something? X

  1. Congratulations lovely! Huge step so well done and glad all went so well! Totally understandable for it to be your wotw as I imagine it has occupied a lot of your thoughts lately! I think that the fact that your site looks essentially the same is a.good thing, means the move went really well! The social media buttons are fab and thank you for including me in your blog roll, touched! πŸ™‚ xx
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    • Ah thanks honey! I do detect that I’ve gotten my social media buttons from the same place as you did?! Not intentionally but I do love them! You are one of my faves for sure! X

    • Oh thanks Louise. It’s not very different looking to what it was before and I’m still not sure if I’ve got too much going on in my sidebar but I guess I’ll have to see! X

    • It scared me too Kim! But going from WordPress.com to WordPress.org wasn’t so bad and I managed to it all in the two hour window I had before I had to do the school run on Tuesday! πŸ™‚ X

  2. Well done, newly self-hosted lady! Thanks for including my little blog in your blog roll. I love those social media buttons, and we can exchange business cards at BlogFest, haha! (One of my few free hours spent procrastinating as well!)
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  3. I’m so glad that it went smoothly, and thank you so much for the lovely mention πŸ™‚ I completely understand the slight anti-climax though, it all looks the same doesn’t it?! I remember thinking the same πŸ˜‰ Although, I then invested in the CSS Hero plugin and starting playing around with my theme! #WotW
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    • You are most welcome – I couldn’t have done it without you!! I’m glad I’m not the only one who found it a bit anti-climactic! But I will definitely have to have a quick look at CSS Hero. πŸ™‚ X

    • Ooh, maybe you have to be really proactive to get the opps – I just emailed a brand I like and they actually said they would send me one of their products to raffle off! πŸ™‚

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