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Hey y’all! A common conversation I have with teacher bloggers is that they want to start a self-hosted teacher blog as they become more serious about their blog and/or Teachers Pay Teachers store, but they’re nervous to make the switch because they don’t want to “lose everything”. If this applies to you…I have some GOOD NEWS! When you decide to move to a self-hosted WordPress blog with Siteground, they will do one free website transfer for you!
They will move all of your content from your previous blog to your new blog…so you won’t lose any posts or comments, etc! The only thing you will have to do is to re-install your theme + customize and add back any plugins you may have been previously using! I did a website transfer with Siteground when I first started with them and it was easy!
The Benefits of Being Self-Hosted + Why You Should Make the Switch
- It looks more professional: If you don’t get a self-hosted blog, then your blog URL will be listed with the free platform’s name as a part of your URL. With your self-hosted blog, it is just www.yourblogname.com. You can use a free platform, like Blogger or WordPress.com, and purchase a domain name to get rid of the “.wordpress.com”, but then you’re still spending money and incurring start-up costs without the benefits of having a self-hosted blog. If you start your self-hosted blog with *Siteground*, which is the service I use and highly recommend, the startup cost is $3.95/month for hosting and with a 30-day money back guarantee! Ready to make the move? Here is How to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog with Siteground in 15 minutes (Or Less!).
- You have much more flexibility and control: When you use WordPress with your self-hosted blog, you are able to download plugins to help you make your site look and run how you want. With a free WordPress and any other free site (not self-hosted) you don’t have all of these plugins at your disposal. With a self-hosted blog you have full control over your blog’s layout, how it functions, SEO, etc. With free sites, you are limited in this aspect. Again, if you’re looking to view your blog as a business, then having total control over your blog from day one is crucial, because if your business grows and you decide to switch later on, it is a bit of a pain and requires some extra work.
- You have more advertising options: If you’re going to use ads as a way to monetize your blog, free platforms limit your advertising options which makes it more difficult to monetize in this way. Again, with a self-hosted blog, you have total control on how your site looks and what you add to it, so you have unlimited options in terms of advertising on your site.
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