A little while ago I posted this announcement on my blog saying that I would soon be making the transition to self-host my blog. Although I have given my blog a bit of a makeover since then (like the new background and header?) I still have yet to make the switch to self-hosting. And in the near future, I’m not going to.
Why, you ask? Here’s the story:
I’ve wanted to self-host my blog for the longest time, but I didn’t think about actually doing so until very recently. I’ve only used the free wordpress.com to host this blog and I was feeling a little constricted by the limited amount of things you can actually do with it. After spending time reading other blogs and admiring their gorgeous designs and fun layouts, I admit that I did come down with a little case of blog envy. I started to think, Why can’t my blog look amazing like that? And then I realized: it could!
Thus, I set out to self-host my blog using a combination of Bluehost and wordpress.org. Setting it all up took quite some time to figure out, but once I did it was pretty easy to do.
At first I was ecstatic- there were so many options, so many choices! I could now download awesome themes from the internet and customize them any way I please. I had so much fun designing my blog and experimenting with different designs and layouts, and I loved the flexibility I had with everything.
However, my enthusiasm began to slow when I started installing and working with various plugins, which is how everything is managed behind the scenes on self-hosted blogs. I’m accustomed to only using simple widgets and letting wordpress.com do the rest, and the sudden rush of technological things I now had to do was sort of overwhelming. For example, I had to find a plug-in that would allow me to automatically post all of my posts to social media whenever they were uploaded. There are several other functions that I would have to use plug-ins for that wordpress.com automatically did for me, and it seemed like more of a hassle than it was really worth.
Although I did really like the options I had when it came to customizing and designing the appearance of my blog, ultimately the more advanced technological aspect of it caused me to go back to my normal way of blogging. I’m sure that if I read or watched some tutorials it would all make more sense, but right now I’m just too busy with school and the end of my senior year to sit down and really begin to understand everything. Perhaps I’ll try self-hosting again in the future, but for right now I’m happy to stay blogging the way I am!
This is not to say that self-hosting is bad- it’s definitely the way to go if you know what you’re doing!
How has your experience been with self-hosting? Let me know in the comments section below!