The Most Disastrous Thing I’ve Done To My Blog


I have learned a lot about humility and being so damn extra. 

I love my blog. I think that it’s so apparent to everyone that I love my blog. The Unabridged Sass isn’t just a site where I post random things, but it is something special that I made and created myself. It’s like my child. I absolutely love what it’s become and how I’ve been able to watch it grow over the past few months.

My blog has been growing and growing, especially since I made the decision to switch to a 2x a week posting schedule. My views have been almost all independent from the reader and I’ve learned a lot about developing my blog outside of WordPress resources. TUS (can I use that acronym now?) has grown so, so much and it seemed like the next step was to move my site to self-hosted. It seemed logical and it seemed smart.

Although I made the decision to move to a self-hosted site, it still didn’t feel one hundred percent right in my gut. I’ve learned many times to trust my gut instinct, but I just chalked it up to nerves. However, in retrospect, I should have listened to my gut because what awaited me was a complete and utter disaster.

First things first, there was immediate problems in importing. Out of my three hundred something blog posts, only ten or so would export to my new site. And although they did export, none of the likes or comments did. None of the photos did, and the featured images that I had spent ages uploading back when I did my first big theme change had disappeared. My site no longer allowed me to upload featured images and any theme used with my site looked like a disaster. My site was clearly broken and even more evidently ugly.

No matter how hard my cousin and I worked to find solutions, more and more problems appeared. As we would solve one problem, a million more would appear. I felt like I was on a sinking ship, trying to plug in all the holes as more and more emerged. Links stopped working, images were disappearing, and so were all the comments. My blog was completely destroyed and all of the hard work that I had done over the past few months disappeared completely.

I got fewer views in those days than I did in a normal day when I first started, because of all the link redirects, security certificate errors, and a bunch of other problems. I got 9 views one day, compared to my usual hundreds. It was clear that this change was eating my blog and every time I looked at my site I was on the verge of tears. The content was missing and I was deeply unhappy with the internal and external problems with my blog. It broke my heart because I felt like my child was crawling around and falling apart. Even worse, I felt like was just idly sitting there as this all happened.

I am always in control of my site, and in that moment I felt like I was completely helpless. I knew that if I decided to switch back that I would be the subject of a lot of criticism, but I didn’t care anymore. I made the decision to switch back to a WordPress hosted site. I regretted being extra and I regretted ever trying to transition my site.

So, I switched back (hopefully) to WordPress hosted. I’m praying that it works and that my site is still intact and somewhat alive. (PS, to switch back all you have to do is change your DNS/name servers to the WordPress one! SO easy to switch back although a pain in the ass to leave!).

I’m not going to say that I don’t recommend being self-hosted (even though I clearly don’t), because I know at some point I do want my site to be self-hosted. I’m just not ready for it right now when I’m fully incapable of dealing with the clear issues that some with transitioning your site to self-hosted.

It is one hundred percent necessary, to be honest with yourself and to make decisions that feel right. I’ve definitely learned a lot these past few days with all of this going on!

I’m not going to pretend that I’m perfect because I’m not. I’m not a pro blogger or incredibly established and successful, but I am dedicated and passionate about what I do. There will be mistakes along the way but that’s perfectly okay.

I’m not going to say that things will be smooth and effortless (tbh they probably never will be), but I will promise that I will always be honest and fully admit my faults. This whole experience (in blogging) is definitely a learning experience… me living life in general is a learning experience. And I’m so glad that you guys have joined me for the ride!

I hope you guys have been doing well (have you seen my most recent blog post? I posted it admist all of the crazy blog transitioning so I think a lot of you missed it!)

UPDATE: MY BLOG IS BACK TO NORMAL!!!


I am so happy and so incredibly relieved. Thank goodness we managed to dodge that disaster!

Have you guys gone self-hosted? Would you ever?

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

-Oprah Winfrey

Chrissey

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35 thoughts on “The Most Disastrous Thing I’ve Done To My Blog

  1. Very good information for all of us bloggers. Self hosting sounds like a nightmare unless you’re super tech savvy. Glad I read this!

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and learned from my horrible lesson! It’s truly a nightmare and there is nothing worse than watching something ravage your blog and being completely helpless!

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      1. It sounds like it was terrible!

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      2. I do think that if I were to go self-hosted again that I would rather pay and have a professional do it for me! Especially since there’s so much content that I would hate to lose!

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      3. What exactly is self hosting? Is that the paid upgrades on WordPress or is it moving off of WordPress? I’m a (noob) little confused…

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      4. Don’t worry about it! I’m happy to answer any questions! It is basically moving off of WordPress completely and hosting it with another place (HostMedal is really good!). Basically you’re free to download whatever plugins, freely customize, etc etc and basically have full control/power over your site and are able to blog without any limitations. WordPress dot com has a lot of limitations and there’s tons of articles out there about how there’s tons of pros and good reasons!

        I know that eventually I’ll make the move to self-hosted but it just doesn’t seem right now!

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      5. Thank you for the clarification, it really cleared things up!

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      6. You’re so welcome! I’m always happy to help!

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      7. I hope you can make the move safely one day

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      8. Thank you, and thanks for commenting! Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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  2. This was a really useful post. I’ve been thinking about going self hosted, but I think I’ll hold off until I have the necessary skills and knowledge to make it work xx

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post and that it was useful! It was definitely a LOT more difficult than I anticipated and there were so many problems that arose which I didn’t know how to fix! It’s definitely necessary to have someone (whether you or a professional) that knows how to fix all of the issues that can occur!

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  3. Ah I can only imagine what a nightmare that must have been! It’s my goal to go self hosted in a few months time so I’m so glad I read this so I know it’s not all sunshine and roses.

    Thanks for being so honest! Xo

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    1. I definitely consistently felt the pressure to go self-hosted and it’s a lot more negative than positive. I’d definitely say to do your research and to be sure you have the skills and knowledge to fix any problems that arise!

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      1. Thank you so much for your advice! You only really hear positive views on self hosting so it’s interesting to see the pitfalls, I appreciate you sharing them! I’ll definitely do more research before I jump in xo

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      2. You’re so welcome! And I agree completely with you about only hearing the positive! Best of luck with the transition, let me know how it goes!

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  4. Really appreciate the honesty. I see so much every day about self-hosting and although I don’t think it’s the right path for me at the moment, I do feel pressure to go down that route. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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    1. Thank you! I definitely feel the pressure too, which led me to make the decision. In reality it’s so much more complicated than things just transferring over. There’s so many things that can go wrong and issues that can arise. It’s definitely a humbling experience to watch your blog fall apart and have nothing you can do about it. I don’t regret my decision to go back to WordPress dot com!

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  5. prettylittledreamerx April 18, 2017 — 1:38 pm

    Oh no I’m sorry it went so wrong for you but I’m really glad it’s back to normal for you now xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad things turned out okay as well!

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  6. I was confused for a while on what self-hosted exactly means.. I think I get it, but I always hear about people “going self hosted”, and I’m just happy here under BlueHost with my WordPress blog lol, I guess if you go self hosted you get more customization and such, but for me at the moment that’s not really an issue.
    And I also won’t switch out of what i have currently because I’m terrified of losing my content! That’s scary, when you put so much work into a blog, but hey that’s part of the blogging life, it’s very technical and sometimes things malfunction! Glad to hear your blog is back up & running!

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    1. I think I’m going to consider using Bluehost as an option, because I have heard so many good things about it! I’m way too afraid of dealing with all the disasters I faced with the last experience and losing all my content to try things the same way again!

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      1. Blue host is awesome, I love it! I use WordPress and have a million plug ins and it took me three months of nonstop research and work to even launch my site. But it was worth it!!

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      2. I think when I move I’ll check it out! I definitely have to find a professional because I’ve been blogging for about 7 months now and I would hate to see all my work gone!

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  7. corinneandkirsty April 18, 2017 — 1:52 pm

    Reading this is so heartbreaking! It’s every blogger’s nightmare 😦 I hope things get back to normal and that your blog picks up again! We’ve always been self hosted so would recommend it, but I would also be so scared to switch from one to the other!

    -K
    http://www.corinneandkirsty.com

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    1. It definitely was quite the experience! Retrospectively now, I kind of wish that I was self-hosted from the start because there’s tons of pros (but it is SUCH a disaster to move!) I’m sure that it’ll happen eventually but definitely not right now!

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  8. I thought self hosted was when you have your own domain (eg: not http://www.mysite.wordpress.com but http://www.mysite.com) have I completely misunderstood? Haha I’m so clueless with all this! X

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    1. Self hosted is using your own servers and host for your websites, not using your own domain. When you use your own servers and host you have to download and set up WordPress.Org (the program/software) on your servers and host! Basically you’re on your own and you’re running each and every aspect of your site. At that point you have to transfer everything over… this is where the problems end up coming from! It’s definitely a confusing kind of thing and that’s my simplified explanation!

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      1. Ahhh OK that’s what I did then, mine is all on WordPress.org now and it’s definitely been challenge after challenge! Thank you for the explanation x

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  9. I’m so glad it’s back to normal hun! Hope everything works out for the better in the future ❀

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    1. Things have been running smoothly again, I’ll definitely have to find a professional when I want to go self-hosted!

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  10. Great post! Thank you for actually telling people it’s not as easy as some people make out it is. I’m not self-hosted and I don’t really have any intention of become so in the near future anyway. It sounds like SO MUCH hassle and I am the least tech-savy person so I’d 100% have to pay someone to do it all for me. And that won’t be cheap… ❀

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    1. It’s definitely not as simple as you think! There’s a lot that can go wrong and it’s so strange to see people act like it’s as simple as a click of a button! I’ll definitely have to find someone to do it all for me, when I ultimately risk it again!

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  11. I’m feeling exactly the same!!! I want to move back!! How did you migrate your followers back to your hosted site?! Xx

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    1. I’m still WordPress hosted!

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