Unless you’re a blogger or work in digital marketing (or similar) then you might not really know much about the backends of sites but when I first started my blog I used Blogger. At the time I thought it was the best option for my needs and other than paying a few quid for my domain (which I highly recommend you doing as early as possible), there were no outgoings for me like hosting etc.
I worked on WordPress for all other tasks such as my music writing and within my full-time job so thankfully I had an idea how to use it and how the back-end itself worked. I’d been toying with the idea of going self-hosted for quite a while and about 10 days ago I just bit the bullet and paid for my hosting through TSOhost. I won’t go through all the technical stuff as that’s a post for another time but the hosting company were great at giving me a temporary URL so I could import posts, sort out my layout, grab some plugins etc and finally mid-last-week I directed my domain to my new WordPress site.
My layout is now slightly different, although not hugely, I still love the homepage where you can see the last so many posts to click straight through rather than half reading a post and having to scroll down, but this is purely a personal preference of my own. There are some smaller details which I am really happy with like the Instagram slider at the bottom, the cute little social media icons at the top and other things.
So far so good and my move seems to have been a success. I’m really happy with the way it’s all gone and it’s not been quite as stressful as I’d have thought. My next steps are now to sort out all the alt-text for my images and to up my photography game even more, yes I now have Marble backboards too, yay!