Self-Hosted: How I Made The Switch With Namecheap
From what I’ve seen and heard, most bloggers use SiteGround or some other web hosting service to self-host their blogs. When I first thought about going self-hosted, I was planning to go with SiteGround. Obviously, things didn’t turn out that way.
If you didn’t already know, Namecheap is a company that sells domain names and web hosting services for cheap prices. At the end of last month, I decided to buy a .com domain name from them for $10.98/year. When I discovered that I couldn’t connect it to my original WordPress.com blog, I knew that it was time to switch from WordPress.com and go self-hosted instead.
Migration to A Self-Hosted Blog
Honestly, migrating to a self-hosted blog was pretty simple and easy. Here are the steps I took while going through the process:
- Paid for Namecheap’s Managed WordPress hosting service (which costs $1 for the first month then $3.88/month after renewal).
- Created a brand new website under my domain name.
- Exported my old blog’s content and imported all of it into my new one using the WordPress Importer.
- Installed a free WordPress theme.
How I Felt About Going Self-Hosted
While I was going through the migration process, I felt a mix of emotions passing through me. But I felt happier after I did everything that I needed to do. I was also surprised to find that my new blog’s DA score was already 2 instead of 0. Overall, I’m really excited to spend another two years or more of my life here. It feels amazing to know that I actually own it. Even though blogging is still just a hobby of mine, I want to work harder to make this blog more successful than my old one.
So, what do you think about my self-hosting experience?
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