When I began blogging I started with a free WordPress.com account, mostly because I heard good things about them as a host, and also generally had no idea what I was doing.
Within the past two or three months I feel like I have learned a TON just by continuing to plug away, and also by asking lots of questions to other bloggers as I go! Thanks just to the blog-o-sphere, I have learned how to turn on my blog ads, worked a lot on improving my layout, and also got approved as an Amazon affiliate!
I however still have a lot I want to accomplish, and have learned that I am in the wrong blog format to do so. I feel that it is time for me to go self-hosted, but I honestly am quite terrified to make the switch since A.) I still have relatively no idea what I am doing, and B.) I don’t want to lose content or followers in the process!
Here is what I do know: since I started with a WordPress.com versus WordPress.org account, WordPress basically owns me and my content. When I first created my account, I quickly upgraded to the Premium account thinking this freed me, and recently I learned that is not the case. What my account upgrade did get me was the ability to turn on my Word Ads, which so far has earned me about $2 so far, oh boy. I had applied and been rejected by Google Ad Sense a few times, and learned it is because of my format through WordPress.com.
So now, I set off to switch over to self-hosted, and I am quite sure I don’t know everything that I should know to do so successfully. What I do know is that I intend to switch to a WordPress.org and Bluehost combination. My biggest fear in this transition is loosing subscribers, and also loosing content.
I did find this great tutorial on the Beginner’s Guide for WordPress and intend to read it several times, and also have my more tech-savvy husband read it several times before I attempt to tackle this.
Have any of you made the transition to self hosted? Which format did you go with, and how did the process go for you? Any tricks or tips I should know beforehand?
I am extremely busy this time of year, so I think I will tackle the transition around August once summer is winding down. I do want to make sure I am up and running by the fall because I already have some great posts ready (Halloween and Christmas are just my thing) and want to make sure my following is strong going into what I would consider a good season of content 🙂
Thank you for reading, and again, advice is appreciated!
X.O. – Abbey Co.
PS – If you are looking for some great reading on how to start a blog, grow a blog, or use WordPress in general, here is book that I like and will be relying on too! The first my dad actually lent me since he uses WordPress for his business webpage and it was quite helpful (Amazon affiliate).
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program… I am not sponsored by any of these products, I just really like them! I do however get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the links provided. Prices are no different than if you were just shopping on your own 🙂