I recently took my blog over to Namhost to be “self-hosted”. I created my blogsite (and photography website) about a year ago through WordPress.com, and until now I have not had any problems, it was easy and simple to do it myself, but I was limited. Now that I want to use more plug-ins, have adverts on my site, etc. I realised that I had to move my site and SELF HOST it – Namhost was the only choice for me as it was simple to use, very affordable and they offered GREAT service; replied within minutes to every question that I had.
Namhost wrote a Guest Post for Living Through Lenses, explaining how easy it is to host with them, and WHY you should consider Self-Hosting:
Blogging has evolved over the years and has turned into much more than just a way to get your personal thoughts on the internet. There are blogs for every interest you can think of and writers of all ages. Many of these writers are making a decent living from their blogs just by writing about topics they are clued up on. Today we’ll show you just how easy it is to start your own professional blog.
There are two ways to start a blog:
• Host one with WordPress.com
• Choose a Self-Hosted Solution
Both options take about the same amount of time to set up, but one method has a huge downside to it.
Let’s start with the wrong way to start a blog:
Hosting with WordPress.com.
Hosting with WordPress.com is as simple as going to www.wordpress.com and signing up for an account. However, the slightly shorter signup time comes with a variety of drawbacks:
• Limited plugin support
• Limited theme modification support
• Highly unprofessional link: yourname.wordpress.com VS yourname.com
• No direct access to the code or the database that contains your data.
For new-comers these benefits might not even make sense at first, but as time goes by, these drawbacks can become a serious pain that could stop you from having the super professional blog you set out to have from Day 1. There is an easy way to get around this: host WordPress yourself on your own professional hosting package.
WordPress, after all, is open-source software that is freely available for anyone to install as they please. And yes, hosting it yourself won’t cost you a cent either. Stick around and we’ll tell you exactly how.
Why self-hosted solutions are better:
• You have complete control over everything! From the code, to the themes, to even the database that contains your data. In other words, no limitations!
• It’s not just a blogging solution: you can host your emails, install other software, get detailed statistics and much much more.
• World-class support: Anyone that has ever tried to deal with support from large-scale international companies would know that getting answers could take days and in some cases even weeks.
Self-hosted solutions like the one we propose below, will give you fast, professional and efficient support, round the clock. It should now be clear why self-hosted solutions are better, so the next question is: how can you set up your own self-hosted blog for FREE?
We’ve broken it down into 5 easy steps:
Sign up for a FREE linux web hosting package here. You will see paid options there, but as a new blogger, you won’t need anything more than the FREE Linux Hosting Package
Once you have signed up for your hosting package, you will receive login details to what is called cPanel. cPanel is where you will be able to do all kinds of complicated things like create databases, setup e-mail addresses and much more. However, to set up a blog you will only care about one feature called “Quick Install”.
Click on “Quick Install” in cPanel.
Now you will be presented with a variety of software packages that you can install on your web hosting account, one of which is WordPress. Simply click on WordPress, fill in the few fields and click “Install”.
You are done! ☺
You now have your very own WordPress installation on your own hosting account, linked to your very own domain name.
It really is as simple as that!
If you have any questions or if you are interested in going this direction (self-hosting your blog), don’t hesitate to ask by leaving comments below or contact Namhost (details below).
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