Pros, Cons, Costs and a Step-by-Step Tutorial for moving to self-hosted blogging

Last week I moved my blog from its happy but humble home since 2011 (WordPress.com) to its new self-hosted lot on Bluehost, running a WordPress.org install. For those who are not aware of the difference, WordPress is a publishing platform that powers millions of websites. It comes in two flavours: WordPress.com, and the self-hosted version available at WordPress.org. In this post for SL Blogger Support, I’ll share my the pros and cons of going self-hosted, the costs involved, and a step-by-step tutorial, should you be so bold to make the move. I hope you enjoy it!

By | 2016-11-18T13:14:56+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Second Life|3 Comments

About the Author:

Canary Beck has been an active Second Life resident since 2007. She is an SL blogger, artist, creator, merchant, sim owner, researcher, filmmaker and performing artist. Offline she works as a London-based internet marketing consultant and business owner.

3 Comments

  1. Monerda August 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I guess I’m looking for details on how advertising and sponsorship works, best practices for blogging, ways to attract readers and similar topics. I’m considering something non-SL related. Perhaps along the lines of my photography and 3D modeling (both renders and the models themselves).

  2. Monerda August 27, 2015 at 4:05 am

    I enjoyed your article and it gives me food for thought. I suppose it depends on many factors like ability to provide quality content, number of followers etc, etc but do (can) blogs generate sufficient positive cashflow to justify the costs?

    Maybe there are some good beginner articles out there?

    • Becky August 27, 2015 at 9:07 am

      Yes, it depends on many factors. For Second Life bloggers it’s even tougher, because we’re unable to sell things at normal market rates. For example, I would love to sell tickets to my movie for $8, which is what it might cost to download on the Apple Store, but I doubt I could ever get it because (in my opinion), the Second Life market is not accustomed to paying market rates for anything related to Second Life. If I could sell my movie for that rate, then I’d definitely be cash positive very soon given the number of people that I expect would want to see it. Barring that, I am compelled to reduce my costs as much as possible, which is possible for me because of my circumstances.

      Not sure what kind of beginner articles you’re looking for? Can you be more specific?

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