A few years ago, I started blogging as a way to document my travels, and maybe share it with my family and friends. Little did I know, it would turn into something entirely larger than I ever could have imagined. Recently, I decided it was finally time to take my blog to the next level and move to a self hosted page. Basically, this means that my blog lives on a remote server, storing my content for a small fee while allowing me complete control over my site.
After doing some research, Bluehost seemed like the obvious choice. Bluehost supports over 2 million websites around the world, is recommended by countless bloggers, and offers the option to get a free domain name with a hosting plan. One additional perk if you use WordPress is their Optimized Hosting for WordPress. This makes it especially easy to seamlessly migrate your old wordpress.com blog to your new site. Even better, you can sign up for as low as $4.95 per month!
This may still all sound a bit intimidating. After all, taking your blog to the next level means more time and energy to get everything going. Let me tell you a little secret. Bluehost makes this as easy as possible for you. I’ll admit, when I first signed up I was a little overwhelmed. There are so many options and all this fancy technical website language that I didn’t understand.
Remember: Google is your friend.
Transferring everything from your old blog and getting all set up is not as hard as it may seem. Take a deep breath and use those Google search skills to read/watch tutorials and you’ll be well on your way.
Bluehost has their own instructional videos that are super helpful, and there’s plenty of other articles and videos out there on the web that help you learn how to do just about anything. Some articles that came in handy for me from some fellow bloggers: Adventurous Kate, Travel With Bender, and Prairie Californian.
One other thing to keep in mind if you are migrating an existing WordPress blog, you may have to do the import a few times to get all your content. Double check everything is there when you do the import, and don’t freak out if it’s not! Just let it run it’s course a few more times and soon enough you’ll be a new and improved blogger!
So new bloggers, are you ready to step it up yet? Take the leap forward, sign up for Bluehost, and blog full speed into the future! 🙂
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