Last month, I decided it was time for the Frenchie Mummy blog to have a makeover. I needed to get self-hosted!
The more I read about it in other blogs, the more I was thinking that it was time for us too. Plus, my mum was visiting us and I knew I would not be able to be blogging properly. So it was l’occasion parfaite (or a massive mistake?)
I searched how to do it and read some scary stories… Did I really need to do that!?
Then I called TSO. We didn’t have a great the start. The lovely lady was really trying to answer all my questions (I had a lot, remember I am a dumbass with new technologies…). But when I asked her if my DA was going to drop in the process and she didn’t even know what it was, I became a bit anxious…
First comes first, I apparently needed to back up my blog. I, therefore googled it ‘how to back up my WordPress blog if I am a dummy Frenchie Mummy?’ I followed the steps and it all arrived in my inbox. A long list of weird signs. Apparently, it’s called HTML … Grumpy Boyfriend was not really helpful: ‘It looks like your pics were not saved!’ He is always helping in that kind of situation…
The day after was the big day. I backed up everything, followed a lot of advice from different people (look at this fab post from the Parenting Jungle!) and I was ready to go for it. The wine was in the kitchen. Let’s get the party started!
‘I think I will be working from home today’ said a nonchalant Grumpy Boyfriend.
Admittedly, my first reaction was like ‘No, go away! I don’t want you in the house all day long!’
It never ends up well as we get on each other nerves if we stay in the same room all day long and I am in a stressful situation…
But another part of me was like ‘yes please’.
I felt safer with him in the same room, just in case I would have a meltdown while moving all my files. Not that he had been very helpful until now…
In the end, it was alright and we both survived each other’s presence all day long (not to forget our dearest Baba!). I followed the instructions from the TSO and forgot about it for the rest of the day.
Then, some fellow bloggers started contacting me to say that my blog was not working properly. All normal. TSO was doing their job. In the afternoon, Frenchie Nanny arrived and I was pretty busy doing stuff with her, so I didn’t think too much about getting self-hosted.
The truth? I was desperately waiting for TSO to contact me and say that it was all over and the operation went well! I also continued to be active on Facebook and Instagram as soon as I had a minute to myself!
My mum left and within a few hours, I received the magic email saying that the Frenchie Mummy Blog was now self-hosted! Hurrah! I made it! Well, pas vraiment as I could not log on at all! During the migration, my password got lost (it probably decided to take a holiday in a sunnier place, not blaming it…). I tried all the combinations possible but had to resign myself. I needed to contact TSO again! I am sure they encounter a lot of dummy mamans like me anyway.
They were very nice and fixed it all within 24 hours!
The next step was to install all the important plugins. Which I did. Lots of them, especially some good ones to stop spams. Thank you to Bridget for sharing this fab post on her blog! I followed her tips like a blind woman. Just because I don’t know anything about it…
The rest was history! I managed to download a dodgy copy of a plugin which brought some spambots to my website. Getting suddenly 1800 views within a few hours was very suspicious indeed and when I looked into it, I discovered that I might have made a mistake here… I quickly corrected it and my statistics since then are way better! Or at least back to normal.
Since then, we are doing pretty good (touch wood) and I actually enjoy being self-hosted. I must admit that I thought it was going to be more difficult but I made it. Well, a famous host company did if for me, but I reckon they love doing this kind of stuff anyway ?!
It feels so nice to be free and do whatever I want with my blog. I love using Google Analytics (so much more accurate than the free version of WordPress!) and other plugins that I could not use before. Getting self-hosted is a scary idea, but in reality, you can do it!
So if you are thinking about taking the plunge, go for it! It is worth it! I know I still have loads to learn and change some bits on my blog but I am pretty happy that I actually made the big step.
I would love to hear other people about their experience of getting self-hosted! How did it go for you? What was the most challenging? How long did you wait before making the big step?