I’ve been some what of a hermit over the last week, its been quite enjoyable. I’ve hoovered, I’ve scrubbed, I’ve commented, I’ve written. I haven’t left the house much. I’m currently in the in-between time. That time when you’ve finished one stage of your life but not yet started the new one. I finished my old job mid last week, but I didn’t start my new part time one until Monday. My old job served me well, I learnt a lot, I regained my lost confidence and it got us through a difficult financial period. But its important to know when something has run its course and because everything has changed so much in the last twelve months, new opportunities and options have become available to me and to us as a family.

I now have the opportunity to spend more time with Finley and also more time on my blog, which is so great.

I am very lucky, I know this. But I also work very hard and have earned it.

I was cleaning the bathroom on Thursday morning, Finley was at nursery and I had Aby (youbabymemummy) and Amy’s (amytreasure) Facebook live Q&A on in the background. It was pretty laid back and funny (they had their kids playing and shouting in the background) but it was great because it got me all inspired. They were talking about a lot of things – Instagram, scheduling tools, not being scared to promote your content and not wasting your time and skills on working for free. Aby talked a bit about SEO and Plugins that at the time I couldn’t access but what really got me going was this :

If you want it enough, you can make it happen – if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.

Now I’ve known for a long time, that it was time to go self hosted.

I just never had the time to get it sorted. I was also scared shitless because I didn’t really understand it and I was so safe in my little WordPress hosted bubble that I didn’t want anything to rock my beautiful blogging boat.

If you’re not a blogger – going ‘self hosted’ is like going all in with a flush in poker. You know you’ve got something good and everyone else probably has something better, but if you don’t bet the pot you’ll never know for sure. Without using a crap metaphor its basically owning your website, creating your website, being entirely responsible for your website …oh and it also starts costing you money.

But anyway, I finished the bathroom and went downstairs and just bloody did it.

Well I say ‘I just did it’, I actually spent one hour watching YouTube tutorials (don’t bother) and then about one hour on the phone to my Web Host, asking this poor guy to explain it all to me about fifty times.

The bastards make you say it out loud you know?! So that everyone is very clear that you are the one responsible for this and then they record you and you actually have to say out loud- “yes I want you to host my website“.

Then black out.

And for about forty hours I was like…

I actually was quite worried, because I have worked so hard on this blog and even though I knew I had taken fifty seven back ups and XML files (whatever they are) – I just didn’t trust that it would go ok. I kept phoning that poor guy to get him to reassure me and talk me down.

Anyway, as you can see it went ok. I contemplated writing a ‘How To Go Self Hosted’ post but truth be told I don’t know what the fuck really went down. I’ve just spent the last three evenings trying stuff out and then deleting it and dicking about with widgets. I’ve stress-eaten an awful lot of treatsize Halloween chocolates…

There’s loads to sort still, the menu at the top isn’t right nor is the header. I have parent pages to write, I need to find out about Mail Chimp and Yoast. I can’t find a way to do a Twitter feed – there are not enough hours in the day to check out all those Plug Ins.

But here we are and I’m quite excited! If anyone reading this knows what they are doing – please get in touch, all advice is welcome!

Let’s Go Self Hosted, I Said…

39 thoughts on “Let’s Go Self Hosted, I Said…

  • November 2, 2016 at 1:20 pm
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    Oh I LOVE this so bloody much. Well done, I’m so happy for you as totally get what a (huge!) and important step this is. A whole lot of awesomeness coming your way x

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  • November 3, 2016 at 8:20 am
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    I went self-hosted back in August 2015. The only reason I did it was because I wanted my own URL and a bit more control over how my site looked. It took me 2 days, limited sleep, a packet of fags, swearing, huffing and puffing to get there. I’m still not happy with it and often wonder if it was all bloody worth it!! But don’t let me deter you! Your site looks FAB! #stayclassymama

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    • November 3, 2016 at 6:42 pm
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      Yeah it was a really tense weekend! I just kept thinking it was all gone and never coming back! I don’t know if we’ll ever be happy with our sites will we? We’ll be tinkering with them for years!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 12:09 pm
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    Good for you! I switched to self hosted earlier this year and it went way more smoothly than I had imagined. I came from Blogger too, so that had a bit more of a learning curve. I’m so happy with what I have now (although there’s tons I still haven’t looked into or learned about!)
    If you’re interested, here’s the post I made about doing the switch: http://www.jessicafoley.ca/mommusings/blogger-wordpress-switch-was-easy/
    I don’t have a lot of knowledge but I can try to answer questions if you have some. Good luck and keep up the good work!
    ~Jess
    #stayclassymama

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    • November 3, 2016 at 6:40 pm
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      Ah hah! This post is so helpful – makes me feel better! Lucky you having a husband who understands it all x

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  • November 3, 2016 at 12:14 pm
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of self-hosting! It was kind of a pain to set it all up, but once I did, I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner. You get a lot more freedom over the look and feel of you site – there are WAY too many damn plug-ins, though. #stayclassymama

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    • November 3, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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      Thank you! If you have any plug ins to recommend I would love to hear them!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm
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    I have absolutely no idea about self-hosting, so read all posts on it with interest and intrigue. I guess I feel happy on WordPress and don’t really understand what I am missing out on. Please can you write a post that details the reasons why you chose to self-host and what the benefits over not self-hosting. (It will need to be really simply written for the likes of me!) I would be eternally grateful. (Sorry to be so ignorant…but I can’t be the only one…can I?!) Congratulation, by the way 🙂 Alison x #StayClassyMama

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    • November 3, 2016 at 2:05 pm
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      You’re going to laugh at this…I AM self-hosted!!! I honestly didn’t even realise. When I started my blog, I googled how to set one up and literally followed their guide – going with Hostgator on the Hatchling plan. I got a discounted deal so paid a year and off I went on my blogging journey, not giving Hostgator another thought. Until today! When a little thought suddenly dawned on me…You see, I told you I was ignorant 🙂

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      • November 3, 2016 at 6:37 pm
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        Oh haha! That is so funny! Well hey – you are THAT GOOD you didn’t even know you’d done it!

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    • November 3, 2016 at 6:36 pm
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      I’m not sure I could write a whole post about why its good – maybe I should wait and see if it is in fact any good – then I’ll let you know !

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  • November 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    Good for you 😀 I’m crap at th de things too. I always sweetly ask the IT guy at work #stayclassymama

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    • November 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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      Oh do not be mislead I am crap too!!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 4:16 pm
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    I think it is looking great already so I’m sure when you have ironed out the creases it will be awesome. Well done for taking the plunge.
    #StayClassyMama

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  • November 3, 2016 at 5:01 pm
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    Ohh that’s awesome! Go you! I am currently self-hosted but using a free theme. I really, really want to buy a nice theme and switch it over, but I am so terrified of something going wrong!! xx #stayclassymama

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  • November 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm
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    Way to go! I am in the process of writing my first ebook and it is basically about me being the Rainman of self hosted blogging. Like literally step one- turn on your compter. Step 2- drink 2 glasses or wine and go find wallet. I am going to write down all of my tips and tricks in SUPER easy terms. My editor at Suburban Misfit Mom and I will be working on it. I am a bit conerned I wont remember it all now- since I cried and drank through most of the set up.

    #stayclassymama

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    • November 6, 2016 at 8:51 am
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      Lol I would definitely like to read this book!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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    I wondered where your site had gone!! Congratulations on going self hosted! I did over the summer and it almost led to a full on break down! Its fab when you’ve made the leap though, I suddenly felt like I could take on the world! Haha! #stayclassymama

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    • November 6, 2016 at 8:51 am
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      Yeah it was down for a few days, its much better isn’t it? You can change so much!

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  • November 3, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    Good for you!! I’m not sure if I’m too scared or too lazy. I think about it from time to time but then never do…#Stayclassymama

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  • November 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm
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    Christ you’re brave. I’ve been saying I need to do this for the last year and everytime I think about it I get a sick knot in my stomach. Worse than thinking about the next driving test (failed 5) whenever the fuck that’s gonna be. Your site looks great though. Oh god. Am I gonna be on the phone for 50 hours too? *scared face* #StayClassyMama

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  • November 3, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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    Horay, well done for what ever you did after you took the plunge and made the phone call!
    I hope it doesn’t piss you off too much! #stayclassymama

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  • November 4, 2016 at 6:08 am
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    Amazing!! Well done on all the hard work. It looks fantastic. Do tell how you have the time to do all this!! Multitasking at its best. It all sounds very scary… I clunked around with blogger, bought a template from Etsy and got the girl to set it up for me. Bloody useless doesn’t really cover how lame I am with technology 🙈 Love your work! Xx

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  • November 4, 2016 at 10:14 am
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    Congratulations! This is so much better than just another How To Go SelfHosted post. Inspiring and real. And you’re right. If you want it enough you just do it. #Stayclassymama

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  • November 4, 2016 at 3:19 pm
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    Well done on persevering and taking the plunge. I went self hosted about 6 weeks ago but that’s because I messed up my original site and saw loads of messages saying this was the way forward. Luckily I hadn’t done that many posts, so I wasn’t worried if anything went tits up. I can’t imagine how nerve racking it was for you knowing you had loads of posts and feedback that you really couldn’t afford to lose. Thank goodness it all worked out in the end for you. Looking fab! #stayclassymama

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  • November 4, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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    congrats on making the plunge. Reading posts like this always make me glad that I went self hosted right from the start. I can’t imagine I would have an easy time trying to decipher all this crap #stayclassy

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  • November 5, 2016 at 12:02 pm
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    I LOVE the new design and layout of your website! Congrats on the big move! Whoop. #stayclassymama

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    • November 6, 2016 at 8:50 am
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      Thanks Jacqui! Its still very much a work in progress.. people keep telling me this doesn’t work or that doesn’t and I’m like yeah I know I haven’t got around to sorting it yet – give me a chance lol! Thanks for linking up x

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  • November 8, 2016 at 6:01 pm
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    Shessh…I plan on going this route soon. Does not sound too encouraging and seems like just so much work. Darn it! Maybe I should just stick with the free hosting. So many things to consider. So happy you were able to get it all figured out and are in the happy aftermath now…enjoy the destination and then keep going 🙂 #stayclassymama

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    • November 10, 2016 at 6:51 pm
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      I say do it – just make sure you can cope with the site being down for a few days x

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  • November 9, 2016 at 8:19 am
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    Yay! Welcome to the self hosted world, that isn’t much different except you can add inlinkz onto your actual blog post lol Joking! Glad that it’s all sorted, I think it’s easier as you’re able to tell them what you want and they do it all for you (pretty much). Hope your new job is going well, I think it was the right move! Have a good rest of your week : ). #StayClassyMama

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  • February 8, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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    Oh, I’ve just put myself through this very thing! I just had to come and read your tale to relive it all over again 🙂

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  • March 3, 2017 at 10:18 am
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    Hahaha! I did mine the other week and I’m the same – I’d love to say I know what happened, but after I cocked it up I let the nice lady on the other end of the phone sort it for me!! I’m loving all the new plugins, and it was Aby who persuaded me to do it too!! My first MailChimp newsletter went out last Monday and was ALL WRONG haha, but I think I’ve got that mastered now (?!?!) and I’ve started using Yoast and Google Analytics too… barely scratched the surface of possibilities!!! X

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