How I Started a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog.

Hello you amazing human, and a very warm welcome to the new and revamped Ankiness. As you must have already noticed that the web address to this site has changed, the look of the site too has changed a lot. I know I haven’t posted in a long time, and this migration story will explain you all the reasons why. But first, “Yippee! we did it”. It has been a journey full of ups and downs, a lot happened, many things changed, I failed a multiple times and succeeded a few, and this blog survived. It’s been a year that I stared blogging, yes this blog is now a year old baby.

Migration was like the birthday present for this blog. This change feels like my blog has evolved (Just like a Pokemon does), now it’s a little more grown up, a little stronger, a little more powerful and a little more professional. That means there are a lot of ‘little’ changes that happened and the journey henceforth is going to be to change all these ‘little’ to a ‘lot’. So, let’s go through what exactly happened and how?

How and why I thought about moving?

Since the day I started blogging there was a thing that bugged me, the web address to my blog ‘ankinessblog.wordpress.com’, see it’s a whole eternity long. Whenever I went ahead and shared the fact that I blog, I would just confuse people and that had to stop. Since the beginning I wanted to have a shorter web address, I don’t know what I was thinking while I selected this one.

Having the web address that I desired soon became a goal for me, I decided if I get serious and passionate about blogging, I would go ahead and get it done. For me deciding on a goal is not just what I want to achieve, it involves how am I gong to do it as well. that’s just the way I function. After about 6 month of blogging I stated my research about migration. By then I knew this is what I want to do, this really gave me a feeling of achievement and self-worth, and I knew I won’t give up on it anytime soon.

I realized getting a self hosted blog will give it a professional look and feel, and thus invite more reader and also brands for collaborations, it would also allow me to monetize this blog and also it would change this ‘hobby’ into a ‘profession’.

How was the journey?

As I was researching about this process, I realized it is not that complicated and is thus possible to do without any professional help. We are living in a world where you can know about anything and everything, all you need to do is ask. I did the same, I googled every little step included in the migration:

  •  How and where to get the domain registered?
  • What is hosting and why is it important?
  • How to transfer data from previous web address to the new one?
  • How to use plugins to make the new blog a better place to work?
  • What is SEO and how to use it to benefit the blog?
  • What is domain authority and how to increase it?
  • Which themes would work the best for my content?
  • How to import previous WordPress followers?
  • Where and how to share the content that I post?

A lot of these things are still in process and I am so glad that it has already started. YouTube helped me a lot with all of these, specially with the plugins. I am still working on that though. Me being and Architecture student, I had no clue about programming or web designing in any way. But trust me, it’s crazy what your passion can make you do. It is tough and time consuming as well but you can save a few bucks by doing it by yourself, and its not rocket science. If I could do it, you can do it as well. Just remember to do your research, don’t panic and always have a back-up plan.

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How and what things have changed after migration?

The blogging experience has certainly changed a lot (and got better). Initially I would never use the dashboard to compose any drafts or posts, but now that’s the only way I write a post. New plugins have made the writing process more easy, impact-ful and shareable. The ‘Yoast SEO’ plugin, ‘Google Analytics’ and the ‘JQuery’ plugins are my favorites so far, I am looking for more (if you have any suggestions, tell me in the comments below, I would definitely try them).

Now I am working a lot more professionally than what I used to do. I pay more attention in making the content more reader friendly and appealing so that more people come and enjoy the content. Little things like readability, short-link and keywords can make a big difference in the ranking of a post and I am working on it very seriously. I do experience a change in my style of work and I am liking it.

I got my domain and we hosting, both from ‘Go Daddy’, it was a really easy process and I would totally recommend if it’s your first time. Initially I had no idea what hosting is going to do for my blog, but it’s literally the most important thing for your blog. See,what I have realized so far is ‘WordPress’ is the platform that you use to blog (i.e. share content), ‘Domain’ is your web address and ‘Hosting’ is what runs your blog, stores your content and gives it a location on the web.

What’s the plan?

Now that I have explained all things about the migration, what happens next? i have a few plans sketched out for this blog, they really excite me, I just hope my readers appreciate them as well (which I am positive about, this blog has always had very positive and loving readers). But to sum it all up here are the five things on my to do list for this blog, if there are any changes in the plans I will certainly update you.

  • Add freebies (E-books and printables for my amazing readers.)
  • Blog 3 times a week.
  • Schedule at least a week in advance.
  • Be more active on other social media.
  • Connect and interact more with other fellow bloggers.

That’s the plan so far, let’s see how well it works and how well I keep up with it. Blogging feels like nurturing a baby to me, it need a lot of attention, but at the end of the day it certainly makes you feel glad about.

Are you thinking of migrating your blog to a self hosted domain? Did this blog post help you in any way, let me know. Have you already done it? I would love it of you share some tips in the comments below, I would definitely use them. Are you excited about the freebies on the blog? I am very excited, they shall be up by the end of the month (this is giving me goosebumps).

signatureI hope you enjoyed reading my views and opinions, make sure you comment below your thoughts about this post below.If you liked the content of this blog, do follow me on my other social media platforms YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook; I’m @ankibhoye everywhere.

 

8 thoughts on “How I Started a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog.

  1. Yoast SEO is my fav too!! I am using Jetpack and it has solved more than half of my problems. Would love to try the other two plugins that you’ve mentioned.

    Nice post. You reminded me of my time when I had switched to self hosting. 🤗

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    1. Yepp give it a try, Jquery is wonderful if you use Pinterest for promotion. Yoast is like the saviour of my posts, it just helps to make my content more readable and I guess that’s all bloggers priority, we all want our content to reach people who are looking for it.

  2. I’ve recently went self-hosted myself and it was definitely an amazing experience. Might write a post about it quite soon. And good luck fulfilling your goals! <3

    1. Looking forward to reading your post soon, as I mentioned I am still in the process. I am sure your post will show me another perspective and help me in some way.

  3. Anki, this is just what I needed to read today! I have been wanting to go self hosted since quite some time now, but was finding the process costly, and difficult to be done by myself. But, now after reading your post, I feel so encouraged to try it out myself. True, it isn’t rocket science! I am going to ask for your help, girl, because you are my hero! I never knew that one who had no background in IT could manage this huge task!
    Thank you for sharing your story!
    Lots of love and bestest wishes for your future!
    Love!

    1. This comment brought a big smile on my face. It’s nice to know that you too are thinking of migrating, for me it was the best decision I made for the blog so far. Don’t get overwhelmed with anything, you can find a solution to everything on the internet nowadays, other than that the service centre people can help as well (I called them twice, once around midnight as well) and remember you always have a friend who just went through this, so ping me anytime.
      All the best love, you are a talented woman and I am sure you will do a good job with this too.

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