Ahoy Mateys,

How are u all? Hope you are doing well.

Before I start any further let me caution you that this post is purely the rambling of my experiences for the past two weeks. Yes, these couple of weeks have drained me mentally as never before. I felt like a child ignorant about so many things existing in this world… like a child, who wants to learn but is confused about where to begin from?

 

Since the last post, I had a lot going for my blog. I say ‘for’ because it was at the back end. After 3 years of starting my journey in the blogging world, I finally decided to self-host my blog at the beginning of this month. Yes, it took me a while to realize the importance of self-hosting, but there is no one else to blame for the delay but myself.

from a Blogger's Life

However, when the decision was made, I needed to act upon it. So, I started researching and got a domain name. Things looked easy for me until I went ahead and purchased a self-hosting plan. It is well known that to decide the platform where your site is going to be, is the toughest decision. After searching for days… googling several pages… chatting with my friends… I went for one which met most of my needs.

I thought, if I have come so far, I could easily handle the rest. And that is where I was wrong. I used the word ‘easily’… quite easily. I am a complete non-techie blogger. Blogging for past years has been on the most basic grounds. That too was possible only because of the videos available on the internet. But this time, it was totally a new level. It was an ordeal which I couldn’t escape from as I had done the purchase. There was no going back.

So, for the next 3 days, I sat in front of my laptop, chatting with the support team of my site and getting their instructions step by step. It so happened that the more they helped me, the more confused I got. I don’t blame them. The problem was in my understanding as some technical terms were just beyond me.  But, like any bull-headed person, I was determined to do everything by myself. I don’t know what went into my head that day.

And on and on I went, trying this and that until I came across one of the quickest methods and got my contents transferred. I got so excited to finally see things coming through that I screwed up on my URL name and saved the settings. Oh Blimey! Wanted to bang my head on the wall for such stupidity… but how much could I go scolding my own self?

Now, I had to undo the things which I had just found. And I didn’t know how to do that because it all had happened by fluke. Ah, the frustration!!! Anyhow, I buckled up and went ahead. An hour later, I got a hang of things which resulted in putting up my contents under proper URL and deleting the wrong one. It was enough mind-numbing session for the day. I was so satisfied with that and patted my back for the achievement. With my heart feeling happy and mind hopeful for the new journey on my newly owned website… I went to sleep.

It was a mistake to keep my hopes on cloud nine. The next morning as I sat to upload my post, there was a red triangle peeping from the address bar. As I opened my site, a message popped, saying that the site is not secure. I went nuts. I had no idea what it was. Googling for fifteen minutes gave me the answer. Again, I knocked the doors of my site support team. The instructions were all Greek to me and now I was on the edge.

I tried something which ended making my site… Invisible!!! I was on the verge of pulling my hairs. What had I done? This was becoming a nightmare. Added to that, I had nobody near me who could help me out. Only Mr.Google was the one whom I could depend on and that is what I did. I screened through all pages and videos possible, kept chatting with the support team and finally filed an application for the SSL certificate. It was a tough day.

Since the certification takes a day, the next day went customizing my site and adding on the plugins. I was hooked to this whole world of Plugins. They are so interesting and it was such an enjoyable time for me to know about each of them.  Then I chose a theme and went for the customization. Now customizing a site is not an easy task as you all blogger friends will be aware of. It is fun but it surely takes time. Fonts, Backgrounds, Widgets, Menus, Social links are a few of many things which are part of this drill.

Eventually, I finished that and also ended up with a certificate the next day. Finally, my stars came out shining and my website was absolutely ready to launch.

And so, here I am writing this post (the first, of my new owned site), happy and satisfied. It would be wrong to say that it was not a difficult task. For an ordinary person like me, doing all these things was quite tough. Maybe that is why the amount of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment is also huge for me.

Hope you like my new place in this blogosphere and continue giving your love and support to me as always.

Until then,

Love,

Sign

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9 Comments

  • Abhijit Ray · September 13, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    I can relate. I had paid money to two different hosting sites. No one could solve my problem. I went back to unpaid WordPress setup. Customisation in WordPress is difficult initially. But you get the hang of it. At least you are not paying money and things will become clear in time.

      Preeti · September 16, 2018 at 3:56 am

      Ohh. I would like to know more about your experience in self hosting. It can help many others before they decide. But I truly appreciate your strong will to not give up on your blogging. Absolutely commendable to continue your passion even after such hurdles.

  • Ila Varma · September 10, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Congratulations….may u achieve new feats of excellence.

  • JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG) · September 9, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Preeti, hugs to you! You just listed my fears as your primary experience with self-hosting! You just picture framed it for me as to what will happen if I went self-hosted exactly now. The time involved and technical glitches are my primary worry! I am still keeping my fingers crossed on my decision! I am delighted your site has worked for the better and congratulations on the effort! It is amazing!

  • Jayanthi Manikandan · September 4, 2018 at 6:55 pm

    Can understand the thoughts perfectly… I also had a couple of friends here to help me through.. and I didn’t have to move my contents…but going self-hosted is a lot of work!

  • Ashwini Menon · July 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Im sorry but lots of it was hilarious!! And very relatable. I actually had help. And yet it was frustrating. You have inspired me to tell my story Preeti!

      Preeti · July 19, 2018 at 12:59 am

      The intent was to make it sound hilarious, hence the wink in my title. Having said that I indeed had ten tough days to sort and understand the ‘game of self-hosting’. I felt like ‘Abhimanyu’ stuck inside the ‘Chakravyuha’ 😉
      I will be waiting to read yours Ashwini 🙂

  • Adithya Shetty · July 9, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Hi Preeti,

    It’s very challenging for a beginner to setup a self-hosted website without anyone’s help. Well done!

      Preeti · July 10, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Hi Aditya, Glad that you understood. Thanks for stopping by and appreciating my efforts.

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