How I Conquered the Self-Hosted Blogs

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A thousand thoughts run through my mind before I close my eyes.  It used to be just a hundred.  But it doubled the moment I became a mom.  Do you have those days?  What do you usually do?

I read a book just to stop myself from thinking.  Or if I’m feeling industrious I’d write.  I find writing relieves me more of the burden of too much thinking than just reading a compelling book.  I started writing when I was in grade school.  The material?  Old school diary.  Then I’ve channeled more writing by joining the school paper up until I was in college.  It was only in 2010 when I discovered blogging.

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Blogging was a new way of expressing myself without being seen by anyone.  Because I don’t like huge crowd but I like to express myself through words, the set up was perfect for me.

Fast forward to the present, I didn’t expect myself I’d move up from the blogging ladder until 8 years later.  I was contented with experimenting with Blogspot.com or now it is already Blogger.com.  It was easy for beginners and non-tech savvy nerds like me.  But I decided to brave the self-hosting world and explore the possibilities of a wider scope of reach.

I started with researching and comparing hosting sites.  I was a bit hesitant to plunge in deep in terms of paying a big amount for my monthly fee.  So made a list of those hosting sites.  I found three that are affordable with very good additional perks:

  1.  Dollar WP
  2. 1and1.com
  3. Namecheap

Dollar WP is cheap as well as Namecheap unfortunately they don’t provide free domain with the hosting.  Even though the price for one year hosting was just below $10 I would have to pay more for the domain.  The total expense would just go up. Again, I am too cheap to spend too much on a venture I’m not sure if I could keep it up.  So I settled with 1and1.  The one year contract only costs me around $12 including domain.  Not bad for a beginner.

1and1 has a very good customer service.  I can schedule a call back when I have issues in setting up.  Their customer service are easy to talk to and very understanding for newbies like me.  They help me set up my blog and explain some of the techy side in a way that I could understand.

For four months now, I am enjoying my self-hosted blog.  No glitches so far.  I just hope it will remain to be so until the time I am required to renew.  Do you also have a self-hosted blog?  Let’s share stories!

 

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2 Responses to How I Conquered the Self-Hosted Blogs

  1. Thanks for sharing this as am still considering whether to own a self hosted blog…most of my blogger friends have own a self hosted blog. Wish I can be full time soon, then sure will be owning my self host blog then. Am a happy user of WP now 🙂 cheer, siennylovesdrawing

  2. Mumwrites says:

    Congratulations on braving the unknown and welcome to the ever-challenging world of self-hosted blogs! This provider you discovered does sound very impressive, and for that price, I’d say it is a very good deal. It was also in 2010 when I started blogging in Blogger.com and ventured into switching to WordPress after a year and decided on going self-hosted a little after that. I never looked back.

    It is a gem to find a hosting provider that will only give you value for your hard-earned money but will also offer security, as well as impeccable customer service!

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