I have nothing against Blogspot or WordPress.com. In fact, if it wasn’t for Blogger, I might have never gotten my start. But it only took a few months of struggling to build search engine traffic before I started asking myself, how could I honestly say that I’m taking my blogging seriously if I wasn’t willing to invest in my own domain name and host my own blog?
I can admit that I didn’t understand the importance in the beginning, but now that I’ve been doing this for quite some time now, I realize that if I want others to view my blogging as a business, then there’s no way Blogger was going to continue to work for me.
Of course, free hosting is fine for bloggers who blog for personal expression and have no concerns about looking professional, but for a blogger who really wants to be viewed as an authority, having .blogspot.com or wordpress.com at the end of a sub-domain, just isn’t going to cut it.
I didn’t make the decision to switch over lightly – I wanted to find the best web hosting deals I could find. I’m always very skeptical whenever I’m making an important purchase, so I had to take some time to do some research.
I knew I wanted to switch to a self-hosted WordPress blog, but I didn’t want to get locked into a plan that wasn’t right for me or one that didn’t deliver as promised. I took the time to compare hosting options. It took me a few weeks of searching and comparing before I felt comfortable making a decision.
I wish I had found a company like Web Hosting Hub back then, that would’ve made it easier but that wasn’t the case.
What’s worse, is that my limited knowledge made it difficult to make an informed decision. When I finally decided on a host and received my log-in information, I was so lost, I didn’t know what to do first. That’s why my heart goes out to newbies, because I know how overwhelming getting started can be.
That’s why I admire hosts like Webhostinghub.com, that make it really easy to go from setting up the account to installing WordPress. No fumbling around with the FAQ section for hours at a time is necessary.
When it was time to transfer my blog to WordPress, I literally closed my eyes and prayed that it would work. I seriously didn’t have a real clue about what I was doing. I was following a tutorial I found via Google. It took me days to sort out some of the issues that popped up.
That’s why I think it’s great that WebHostingHub has a transfer process plus phone and web support to walk you through it.
Then once you’ve got everything set up, you don’t have to worry about bandwidth problems, because you get unlimited bandwidth, disk space, email addresses and you can host an unlimited number of sites.
It gives you the ultimate control while still providing great support. You won’t find that level of service everywhere.
If you haven’t made the switch to a self-hosted blog, what’s holding you back? For those of you who’ve been hosting your own blog, what do you wish you had known back then when you first started – that you know now? Would you still have chosen the same webhost?