When I first began contemplating beginning a blog, I wasn’t sure whether it was something I would take seriously and keep it up in the long-term. After all, how many of us take up new hobbies and then realise that it’s not really for us? Nonetheless, I knew that if I had a shot of taking it seriously, then it would need to be something I felt proud of – something that I’d want to work on.
In the past I’d tried free blogging through various free sites but I just couldn’t get into it – I hated how they looked, how everyone’s templates looked the same, how the free space would be clogged up with ugly advertisements, it just wasn’t something I felt proud of or inspired to work on. So when I decided to give blogging another go, I decided that this time I would do it ‘properly’ from the get go. I wanted it to look professional, to look swanky and be something I’d be happy to share with the world.
So I decided that self-hosted blogging was the way forward for me. This means that I had to find a hosting platform for my blog and this would be something that I would have to pay for. I settled on Siteground because it seemed straight forward and financially it seemed like a good deal – I can’t remember the exact figure but I think I paid around the £100 mark for one year of hosting. This means that my blog would be hosted through their website and in turn I would receive a free domain – which meant that the usual .blogspot extension (or whatever you’re using) can be dropped and I could choose whatever I wanted (as long as it was available) to be my website address. Already sounds so much more professional doesn’t it?
I know that it’s quite a lot of money to drop onto a hobby if you’re unsure whether you’re in it for the long haul. However, I’d recommend that all newbie bloggers out there do it (assuming that you’re not bankrupt of course), because in my opinion, it’s so much easier to dedicate time to something when it’s visually appealing – and believe me, there are SO many templates out there that are stunning! There of course is another benefit – you can buy a fancy new theme for your blog – a theme that inspires, that makes you feel proud of your work and makes you feel excited about sharing. I searched for mine on Theme Forest whereby a huge catalogue of designs were available to me at reasonable prices. I’m not going to lie, deciding on one was no easy task, I fell in love with so many and it took me ages to decide. Eventually I chose ‘Soledad’, a fabulously versatile theme by Penci Design which can be tailored for you whatever your blog’s identity. It was this theme shopping that made the setting up process so fun, with so many customisations to choose from, I was really in my element and I’m sure that any other blogger-to-be out there would love this stage as much as I did!
So have I convinced you yet that you should go for self-hosted from the get go? I bet I have, and I assure you that you won’t regret it. Disclaimer: this can’t be guaranteed obviously because you’re human and as confident as I am that this is the best way to get into blogging, I can’t 100% dictate your feelings (but I’d be willing to bet my last £ that you’ll enjoy it!).
- Choose a hosting site for WordPress – my preference is Siteground
- Install blogging Software – I recommend WordPress, it’s straight forward to use – always a bonus!
- Choose a template/template – this step is optional but it will make your blog even more impressive and unique. Check out Theme Forest and happy shopping!
- Upload your template – ask the designer if you’re unsure how to
- Customise your template – and have lots of fun whilst you do it! I couldn’t recommend Penci Design enough, their themes are stunning!
- Get blogging!
- Share your fabulous creation with the world!
Ta-da! I hope you’ve found this post useful! Let me know in the comments what you think! How do you feel about your self-hosted blog? Or maybe you’re still unsure about taking the leap – what’s holding you back? Either way, I’m interested in your thoughts and feelings so feel free to comment! 🙂
Disclaimer: I know that I’ve raved about quite a few companies here, so I’d like to stipulate that this post is not in any way sponsored. I’ve just had such a positive experience from the sites above that I feel compelled to share this fab experience with other bloggers.