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Self Hosted WordPress – what a learning curve!

self hosted WordPress header for Marie-Celine
self hosted WordPress header for Marie-Celine


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.

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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.

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16 thoughts on “Self Hosted WordPress – what a learning curve!”

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  2. Great job! The blog looks great so far! You should be very proud – I know it’s not an easy task and can get very frustrating. Just keep in mind how all your hard work pays off in the end! Keep up the great work!

    1. I think it’s showing up in the reader now Abby. Glad you like it πŸ™‚
      It was stressful but I think I’m good with it now πŸ˜„

    1. I think it’s getting there now thanks. It was stressful until I saw all my old posts had imported! At least the worst part is done now I hope πŸ˜€

  3. It does seem so difficult to switch to self-hosted, but yay you must be super happy that you’ve done it! I was thinking of doing it too.. I may use a self hosting site that does the migration for me though so it will be less stressful, although I know that means more money to spend!

    Chloe xx

    1. Parts of it were very simple but parts of it not so much! I am glad I made the change though πŸ™‚ Good luck if you decide to go for it Chloe xx

    1. I’ve visited your blog and wanted to comment but it doesn’t work properly on my phone this evening, so I will try to check back later. I couldn’t see anywhere to subscribe either. But your blog looks very pretty. I hope that writing things down helps you when your mental health is bad. It helps me πŸ™‚

    1. Woo hoo you found me! Yay! I feel slightly less confused now and I’m glad I made the change. It will be even better when I get more used to it!

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