What Not to do When Going Self Hosted

Hoorah finally I am self hosted, but typical, it came with its own set of drama’s. It has taken me a month to go self hosted, why? Because I have made every mistake going, I have frozen my blog 3 times, It has been reset twice and date restored once. So I thought I would share where I went wrong. Hopefully stop others making the same mistakes I made.

 

What Not to do When Going Self Hosted

1. Read reviews before choosing your host, I did not do this and had to change my host due to poor service. If I had read the reviews I would have known host no one did not always offer great service. They had no patience at all, I could feel their frustration down the technical hotline phone. However I changed to TSO host who were wonderful. And very, very patient, I bet they are more relieved that my blog is working than me.

2. Read step by steps, watch how to videos, get all the advice you can before starting. I jumped in feet first, my usual tactic in life being a kinesthetic person; big mistake. I should have read all I could before starting.

3. Don’t mess and change addresses without getting advice first. I froze my blog and had to get it restored, thus loosing lots of info. Thankfully I had backed it up so in the end only lost 2 posts and a few widgets.

4. Dont change your theme 50 times in an hour, I did this and totally broke my blog. I had to completely delete WordPress and start from scratch.

5. Make sure if you own your domain name that you transfer thee host  first, then redirect your blog server. I tried to do it the other way and guess what? Broke it.

6. Where you can copy HTML’s at source, I cope one from my blog that broke it.

7. Do run your blog on your new platform with a temporary address (in my case WordPress) for a few days, get to know the software before going live. This was one thing I did right, I ran it for over a week so I got to know all the icons and buttons. I still have work to do but am feeling a little more confident now.

8. Use the hotline number  your host provides. TSO host were wonderful, so helpful and talked me through several processes step by step.

9. Stay calm, I got so stressed and probably made mistakes as a result.If all else fails there is always wine.

Hope this post doesn’t make me look too flaky, I am generally very good with IT.  I loved blogger, it was so easy to use. But felt it was time to take the plunge and go self hosted. As a result I have learnt so much  along the way. But us practical people do first and read later, its in the genetics. 

And now that is all behind me, I am loving my new blog. It doesn’t look hugely different. However I do hope it looks a little more professional. All ready for the next stage of my blogging journey.

 

8 Comments

  1. mummyofboygirltwins
    15th November 2014 / 9:07 pm

    I could have written this!! Same thing happened to me. I too broke my website – a lot! Oh dear 🙁 Hopefully (fingers crossed) you’re sorted now and no more issues!!!! Looking good on here! Good luck xxxx

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      16th November 2014 / 9:07 pm

      Thanks Jess, I still have a few issues, but getting there x

  2. 16th November 2014 / 4:54 pm

    I’ve recently gone self hosted & it has taken me forever to decide which theme to stick with!!

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      16th November 2014 / 9:00 pm

      Hi Beth, its been so stressful, finally feel like I am getting somewhere but still got hitches to iron out x

  3. 23rd January 2015 / 1:54 pm

    I’m in the process of going self-hosted and it is such a headache! I froze and broke my blog site too. I wanted a redesign too, so I am now biting the bullet and paying someone to do it for me! x

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      23rd January 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Its so stressful isn’t it, it drove me mad. I am glad it is in the past now, good luck getting it all sorted. If I could go back I would have payed ad saved the grief x

  4. 26th May 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Oh my goodness. I want to go self hosted, but I’m so worried I’ll break everything! I don’t want to change my theme so can I keep it the same when I switch to self hosted? X

    • SarahJChristie
      SarahJChristie
      Author
      27th May 2015 / 5:39 pm

      I think you will need to choose a new them, I have had so many friends who have switched with no problems I think I was just unlucky x

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