Sunday, December 11, 2011

Next Level for MM: Self Hosting!

I woke up this morning & the thought came to me...what if something happens to MM...what if this blogging platform decides to abruptly close down for whatever reason...what would happen to my photos, my labor of love content...my budding business!!!

The word "self hosting" (having all your blog's content sit on a hosting account that you own) entered my brain. I need more control & want complete ownership over MerelyMarie, since I've become very serious about blogging & desire to become very successful at it.


Anyone self host? Anyone self host, but started out on Blogger? Please share your experience with me! Thanks!!!

P.S.
I'm sure self hosting wouldn't give total "ownership", but I think it's a good way to go about gaining control.

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11 Comments:

At December 12, 2011 at 1:00 AM , Blogger jtbrown said...

I'm not ready to take that leap yet but I'm sure it's a great idea.

 
At December 12, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Chandra said...

I've been contemplating this too! It seems there are more pros than cons...

Saw this today and I thought of you: http://blog.hellopanos.co.uk/post/11532149963/attitude

 
At December 13, 2011 at 12:08 AM , Blogger MerelyMarie said...

Sweet Chandra! Thanks for sharing that with me:)

 
At December 13, 2011 at 5:11 AM , Blogger justme said...

omg, dont scare me. i am already behind the curve. while i dont think i am as serious as you.... i wouldn't want to lose my whole blog. sometimes i learn a lot from going back and re-reading. like a journal. i know nothing about CPU/Hosting/Etc and really don't know if I want to, LOL

 
At December 13, 2011 at 6:30 AM , Anonymous Glenyse said...

I started out on Wordpress.com, and I decided I was going to be a success I wanted to take ownership of all my efforts also. I researched switching to a self-hosted Wordpress.org account but decided against it. My issue was I didn't want to continuously deal with updates, plug-in's, etc. (although it has been said it is easy to deal with). It took me about six months to decide what I wanted to do next.

In the end I chose to switch to Squarespace. They do all the back-end work, all I had to do was my design. It's all template based and pretty easy to customize. The hardest part was designing my logo.

 
At December 13, 2011 at 9:45 AM , Blogger MerelyMarie said...

Justme: Didn't mean to scare:) LOL I think by backing up your blog regularly, you're just fine on Blogger. Should something ever happen, you'll have all your blog posts & comments from the last backup.

Glenyse: Thank you for sharing your experience!!! Squarespace sounds cool. I remember looking into that platform awhile back. Will definitely look into it again.
Self hosting on Wordpress.org does seem a little complex, from what I'm researching, but feels like the extra work & $ will be worth it in the end.
Decisions, decisions...

 
At December 13, 2011 at 6:19 PM , Anonymous Joseph Putnam said...

Hi Marie,

Self hosting is TOTALLY the way to go and it gives you COMPLETE ownership of your creative work. :)

If you have any questions about the process, I help people transfer their sites in a pain-free way at www.blogtweaks.com. :)

Good luck!

Joseph Putnam

 
At December 14, 2011 at 1:01 PM , Blogger MerelyMarie said...

Hello Joseph! Thanks for stopping by & clearing up the bits about ownership. I wasn't sure.

 
At December 16, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Anonymous Chinye said...

I actually just made the switch over to a self hosted blog. I began on wordpress.com and realized I needed a bit more freedom with plugins and wanted to change my blog name. So I bought an actual domain name, purchased my self hosting subscription, and mapped my old blog to a the new server through wordpress.org. The actual switch was actually very painless....I did it on my own in just a few hours!

I highly reccomend going self-hosted because you have the ability to do much more. Im sorry I can't give you advice on blogger because I began on wordpress, but If I can help in any way, feel free to let me know.

 
At December 17, 2011 at 10:16 PM , Blogger April Dorris said...

I don't self host, but I do use a software package to do all of my blogging and then I post to Blogger. I'm using a Mac and use a program called MacJournal. I do my post with pictures in the program and then I share from the program to the blog. The program also downloads posts from the blog so if I do a post from my phone or from the web using Blogger, I can go back and download to my computer later. My computer is backed up off-site using Carbonite so I have 2 backups of my Blogger account.

 
At January 14, 2012 at 11:46 AM , Blogger MerelyMarie said...

I am so late in replying here:(

Thanks Chinye for sharing your experience in making the switch! I'm still trying to decide if I will handle it myself or outsource.

Thanks April...it's always good to have backups!

 

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