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.
On July 19th, I made my decision to make the switch to Siteground. On July 20th, I jumped. Siteground said, “we will do all the work for you”. They didn’t 😦
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!
While the verdict about if switching to self hosted was worth it is still out, I thought I would take a few minutes to update everyone on where I have been hiding.
First of all this is “birthday week” in my family. My birthday was Sunday, Thing 1’s b-day is Saturday and Thing 2 will be turning 21 on Sunday, so needless to say things have been a bit busy. (and been gaining a few pounds…yah cake?)
The stove/oven was identified as the cause of my C02 leak. I am happy to report that the shopping for, financing, delivery, and installation of a new stove has been completed.
3 out of 5 of my animals, have had to go to the vet. (2 cats for breathing problems and one dog for explosive diarrhea) I should be grateful that D.O.G. actually had most of her episodes on my bathroom floor, but if you remember, my bathroom floor is currently newspaper stuck to old tile glue, so it was actually a mini nightmare to keep cleaning that mess up. The bill for the vet hurt quite a bit too. 😦
My bank went through a conversion and payments ended up not being were they were supposed to go, So I have literally had to say, “the check is in the mail” which NO ONE believes or wants to hear.
One day, after reaching 7000 steps, I came home and took off my shoe to see this.
My foot hurts like hell, but I have still been walking every day. IMO, this is NOT gout, and the uric acid levels in my blood say that it is also not gout, however; the doctor is still calling it GOUT. I have purchased new walking shoes, and am having custom inserts made for my shoes, (yah more bills) hoping that that helps, while trying to find a new doctor, that will at least perform xrays….. again SMH
I feel like I should call this little guy more of a stalker now. He comes to my house Every day and either lurks in the tree at the end of my driveway, or rings my doorbell continuously. One day, I did have him sit at my patio table, and I let SNUFF out the meet him. I wrote a note for him to take home to his mother, I read him the note, and reiterated that he can not come over without a parent. I put my phone number on the note, and have still not seen or heard from a parent. Instead, he brought another slightly older brother over 10 minutes after he met my dog……smh that is NOT what I said. I did learn that he is six and his brother is 7. When I asked about his mom, he said she worked until 4
Switching to Self hosted
As far as the switch to self hosted goes, the jury is still out. As with most things in life, there are positives and negatives to everything. One of the positives, or at least one of the reasons I switched include having more options or tools available to use. When you are using wordpress.com, you are basically “allowed” to use what they tell you that you can use as far as plug ins etc. are concerned. Last month’s, 370k in spam comments, and no ability to change security plug ins was the final straw for me, so I finally made the jump.
At this point, there have been more negatives, but part of that can be a learning curve. I think I have said before, that I was skeptical about switching because I read the words “easy and free to transfer”….HA HA HA. Some of the negative things are:
My stats are bunk. I went from having 200 followers to having 5.
While “transferring your site” is “free, I don’t feel that it was easy and required a minimum of 15 tickets to wordpress.com and siteground.com to “complete” the process. To be honest, I still don’t feel that the process is complete.
Not only did my site “disappear” from Reader, I no longer have a Reader without going back to wordpress.com.
Most of my comments are still going to the old “whatever its called”, and I am missing several. To make it worse, some followers are no longer able to comment, and for the ones that ARE able to comment, most are not able to see when I have responded.
It WASN’T free. SMH
There is a completely different dashboard, and staging area. Siteground is also rolling out a new editor.
I keep trying to remind myself that it is all about the journey, and things will get better with time. To those of you who still keep looking for me and who have helped me “test” things, I am more than grateful. Ms Gracefulnot, is still out there, and I am hoping things will get better with time.
If you are reading this and don’t want to lose contact, please consider subscribing to the blog via email. (there should be a link at the bottom of this post ) From what I can tell, so far, THAT part works
Most people would consider jumping out of that airplane the scariest thing they ever did, I found it exhilarating, freeing if you will. The jump I am talking about today though is the jump from wordpress.com to self-hosted. I have read so much about it, and watched so many videos that my eyes are glassy. I am confused, nervous, and well just a bundle of emotions, but I am doing it. HOPEFULLY it will be a smooth transition, but I am not holding my breath.