If you have chose to go for the own domain and paid hosting option with your blog here are some of our top tips to get you started.
Please note, it’s absolutely fine to go with a free blogging platform option or a subscription-based option.
If you would like to learn more about all this domain and hosting malarky read on! You can always bookmark or add this page to your Pinterest for future reference should you decide to change to self-hosted.
Why choose self-hosted?
By going self-hosted you have complete control of your blog/website. For me, this is invaluable. I own my domain (URL) and I own all the content that makes my site. There is no external company controlling what can and can’t happen on my site, they can’t take it down without notice, and I can choose to move my hosting to the best provider I can find.
What is a domain?
A domain is the URL, or the web address that you see in the top bar in your web browser. For instance, blognix.co.uk is the domain that I own for this website. I purchased it through a company called 123-reg. They are really helpful and their documentation has been easy to follow (more details about what a domain name is here).
How to choose a domain?
These days it’s hard to be original, so do have a google search to see if your chosen name is free. I set up an account with 123-reg and do searches within there as well to check the prices of available domains.
They have recently released more domain extensions so there’s a better chance you’ll find a name that suits you. Try not to pick a name that is too long or difficult to remember.
What is hosting?
Every website is ‘hosted’ on a server. Essentially it’s the home for your website, it provides the power and makes it available on the internet.
How to choose a hosting company?
I’ve learned the hard way that choosing the cheapest host is not necessarily the best option. Often, you get what you paid for, and in the past I’ve been let down by a previous ‘cheap’ host when the servers went down every few weeks and my blog was unavailable for hours at a time.
From hours of research I’ve found the best option is to try and chooser a smaller company, preferably based in the same country as you, and with recommendations from fellow bloggers. You want a hosting company that has quick support and are happy to help you if you’re not so technically-minded.
I personally recommend Krystal Hosting, I’ve been with them for over two years now. They are UK-based, their support is super-quick and when I’ve accidentally broken my sites, they are happy to fix it for me.
Let me know if you have any other questions about domains and hosting.