Moved to WordPress.org! Yes, my blog is finally self-hosted! After days of going through random articles about how self-hosted blog works, I was finally able to figure it out! Though there are still a couple of things that I do not understand. Anyway, moving to another platform was a success! Thanks to Webspace.ph!
WordPress.com has been my primary blogging platform since I started blogging in 2011. I did not have any idea about self hosted blogs at all. But I remember I used to envy other bloggers because they have really nice themes and all, and I was wondering how were they able to achieve such kind of layout (considering the fact that they also use WordPress just like me). I tried Google-ing about how to customize themes but I’ve only read stuff like upgrading your account to premium (which will cost you a hundred bucks, I think), moving to another platform and setting up a self-hosted blog– all seemed complicated to me. But then I stumbled on Camie Juan‘s article about blogging platforms and just like that, everything finally made sense.
You might be wondering about the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org (I was dumbfounded as well, just a week ago). Basically you get to have full control/access on everything at WordPress.org, unlike in WordPress.com where you only have limited control on whatever they have to offer (limited space, limited plugins, limited themes and such). Here are some comparison photos that I saw while browsing through articles.
Gray icon: WordPress.org | Blue icon: WordPress.com
Some people used to ask me how did I change thepessimisticoptimistbella.wordpress.com to mainemendoza.com, basically how did I get my own domain; I paid sixteen bucks for it, if you too were wondering. I had it changed last year when I was in the States. (If you are a WordPress.com user you could see it on your Dashboard, My Upgrades under Configuration) I just simply bought my own domain, no other upgrades, still a free user. But you see I was still not contented, I’ve been dying to revamp my blog since then but I didn’t know how to. I would’ve to say Camie’s article was a blog saver; I wouldn’t make it here without stumbling upon it.
The only downside of upgrading your blog is, it isn’t free. You’ll have to pay for what ever upgrade you wish to have/be done. But if you’re not a maarte type of blogger (like me) then upgrading and renovating shouldn’t be a problem. There are tons of free blogging platforms out there; there is tumblr, blogspot, wordpress(.com), google+ (lol) and so on. So yeah, I am a newbie to this self hosted blog thing and I am excited to know more about it! 🙂
If you are just about to start your own blog, or if you are into blogging and interested about upgrading/moving as well, then it is just a click away. Go google it! Find out all the information you need! Google will always provide an answer to what ever question you might have. And try not to get (too) confused in trying to understand the terms and instructions! It might be confusing at first but it is not as complicated as it seems.
I finished customizing my layout last night and right now I am still on the process of renovating. Some of you might be thinking, why am I “wasting” time in doing such things despite the fact that I am not a famous blogger at all. Well my answer to that is, because I want to. I don’t think I have to be “famous” for me to start making my blog look nice, fancy and stuff. So what if I spend for it? This is my blog after all. 🙂
Anyway, if you have any questions on how did I transfer feel free to contact me through whatever means of communication 🙂 For now, I hope you like this little transformation I did! Happy scrolling!