As I think everyone knows now, my blog has had a huge change!
So I have been thinking of doing this for a while but I was never sure of taking the leap of faith. But as a present, for my birthday, my parents said that they could pay the first year. And well yah! It has been an amazing experience and I love how my blog looks now!
I’m not good with explications but I’ll try!
WordPress.com or WordPress.org?
So the first question you have to ask yourself is what is the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org? My parents asked me this and I wasn’t sure on how to answer that at first. To be honest I thought that it was kind of the same thing but turns out it isn’t!
So WordPress.com is a site where you can create your own website. The blog will be located on their server but when you have the free plan your website comes with Rosinalee.WordPress.com. And you can only take it away if you pay. At first, I thought that meant going Self-Hosted but turns out, after a bit of research, that you can’t install your own themes or change a lot with the website. I think that WordPress.com is a great site if you want to start a blog and I know a lot of bloggers that use it. I absolutely loved it myself but when you want to go a bit further than a bit of customising then it is not the right option.
After doing research I also found out that WordPress.org is not the same thing as WordPress.com. WordPress.org is only a piece of software. Basically, your blog isn’t stored on their server (well not in the same way as wordpress.com). So you have to find your own host.
With WordPress.org, you can literally change anything. Down to the HTLM if you want. You can install plugins and themes. I haven’t done much yet but the freedom that you get customising is AMAZING!
I was reading posts by other bloggers about hosts (I recommend reading Tilly’s post!) and I saw SiteGround a lot. So I decided to check it out. The prices at first seemed a bit high but I later looked at other hosts and the average price and it’s actually really good. All the reviews said that it had amazing support and I was quite intrigued by that. Those reviews were definitely NOT lying! Their support is flipping fantastic!! They have a 24/7 live chat and to be honest at first it seemed a bit weird talking to strangers but I quickly came over that because their help was NEEDED! I know a fair bit about computers but I suck at HTML and I had never done this before. My Dad was also amazing and was a HUGE help! There were a few problems (that word is perhaps a bit overdramatic), but after the process, I couldn’t figure out how to transfer my followers and yet again, the live chat saved me!
I can’t really compare Siteground to any other host but I would definitely recommend it!
So now that I’m not on wordpress.com anymore, the limits are endless! You can find the perfect theme for you and can really experiment! For themes, I would recommend PipDig. Their themes are so pretty and I really love them! They are a bit pricey though. Their themes are for Blogger and WordPress so you can definitely find something for you (well if you are on one of these platforms obviously XD).
If you are hesitating to go self-hosted, I would definitely recommend it although it can be a bit scary and you do need to think about the price. It also depends if you think that you want to continue blogging. If you aren’t sure about continuing then I would rather wait a while because as I said, it isn’t cheap.
And that was my post on Self-Hosting! I hope I could help you a bit to take the leap of faith!
XOXO, Rosie <3