Well hello there! I have just taken the huge step of getting a self hosted WordPress blog, and I wish I could say that it was easy. It is such a steep learning curve! My head is in a spin from trying to get everything how I want it. In truth, I am probably worrying far too much!
Starting from scratch
I think that I am excellent at all things tech, but this is quite a challenge. The worry that I will mess up is real. At least I know that starting from scratch is possible.
Over the last couple of days I have exported my old blog and imported it to my new self hosted WordPress blog, only to delete it and start all over again, more times than I can remember. My sincere apologies if you happened to preview any of that and wondered what was going on.
Comment count missing
When I checked my imported posts, there were a few glitches. I easily mended the broken links which a plugin had identified. Some posts had a zero comment count underneath, when the comments were clearly there. It could be a problem with the theme, or perhaps the export file. I was terribly impatient while the files were importing and had to resist too much button clicking.
WordPress Reader and Gravatar
I also can’t seem to find my blog in the WordPress reader. Should it even be there? And I now seem to have two accounts somehow. Here’s hoping that my old one redirects successfully to this blog instead of my previous one. If I comment on another blog via the reader I seem to be using my old gravatar? It’s so confusing!
If you have a self hosted WordPress blog and have encountered the same problems, please let me know!
Keep calm and blog on
I am posting this really to say that I am here and I hope that everyone who was with me before I was self hosted has managed to find me. Anything useful I learn about self hosted WordPress I will try to pass on, because I like to help others where I can. The best thing I can do is just use my new blog, hoping the problems will iron out.