Why switching to self- hosted was a bad idea for me.
Before I tell you why it was a bad idea, let me first tell you why I tried to switch.
The pros of going self hosted
- You have more control of your site.
- You can choose different add-on and plug-ins etc. I was most interested in the updrafts plus plug in which does continuous back ups of your entire website for free. I also wanted to check out the Yoast SEO plug in. Finally, I needed options to control the bots and spam that were attacking my blog.
The first thing that happened is I lost my theme. Okay that I knew might be a possibility, no biggie. The next thing that happened was I got an email from siteground that I needed to this and I needed to that with no direction on how to do the things they were asking. Hours were spent on google and wordpress support channel, and the forums at wordpress.org.
After I finally got all of my content moved to siteground, I lost 98% of my followers. My posts were no longer appearing in reader, nor were emails being sent. Once those issues seemed to be functioning at 50%, people were unable to comment, and the ones that were able to comment, couldn’t see when I responded to them. I don’t sell anything on my blog, the whole reason I write a blog is the interaction with all the great people I have met, and without that there is no point.
On August 7th, I wrote that the verdict was still out on whether switching was worth it and gave some reasons I was struggling with the change. After reviewing my stats since I made the change and seeing that I was getting an average of 10 hits a day versus the usual 100 or more I normally got each day, I found some liquid courage (Yah Coors Light) LOTS OF IT and transferred everything back to wordpress.com, ALL BY MYSELF. Since I did learn alot during this process I won’t call it a total waste. But I also can not on any level recommend siteground, nor risking the loss of your followers by making a switch.
^400 words Billy 🙂 and no more Bitching…. Can we call it a draw? Instead….
Thank you to all my friends both in real life and in the blogosphere that have helped me test the changes and have stayed by my side. I have missed everyone so much!