Sunday, February 03, 2008

Scared To Switch!

I was contemplating getting my own domain and switching to paid hosting in one of my previous posts. Unlike my friend Syura, who impressed me by daringly getting her own domain merely days after my post, I however, am still not 100% ready to make that plunge!

As silly as it might sound, the idea of hosting my own domain and taking complete responsibility and control is a scary one indeed! Despite the many advantages of hosting your own website such as stability and reliability, customization, unique IP address, better features and security, the simple truth is that I don't have sufficient confidence in my HTML knowledge and skills. Furthermore, I am already very familiar with the layout, customization, templates, and other services I'm currently using with my free web hosting site. A change right now could be disastrous for the less tech-savvy like me! It could also disrupt everything I've accomplished with my blog for the past year. So unless I get over this fear of switching sometime soon, it looks like I will continue filing this topic under KIV. ;)

If YOU h
owever, are brave enough to make that switch and venture into your own Business Website Hosting or Personal Website Hosting, do check out Burton Hosting. The Burton Hosting Go Personal plan is a great offer that provides you Pesonal Website Hosting at a very affordable price of $6.95 per month (2-Year Plan) or $7.95 per month (1-Year Plan). With 10 GB Web Space, 100 GB Bandwidth, 100 Email Accounts, 100100 MySQL Databases, this plan offers everything you need to get started. Good luck and let me know how it turns out!

30 comments:

Bobby February 03, 2008 4:59 PM

Oh Marzie! I recommend you to buy your domain name at a bare minimum. It would be terrible if someone gets it before you.

Of course there is Mariuca.com, .net, .org, .biz and so on. However, .com is the main one you need to own.

It is not easy to run a site, and most people do it incorrectly. I have to update my plug ins every day, because new security holes happen all the time.

All the things automatically done for you on blogger, are not with a self hosted wordpress blog. Updating a self hosted wordpress blog can be a nightmare for a beginner.

The 1st time I updated mine to a new wordpress version, took me a few days which culminated in my being on the phone with techs for hours.

If I were you, I would make the new blog a brand new blog and keep this one separate. This one will be here always and maybe you will just have 3 blogs!

If you do start a new blog, there is a plug in called Instant Upgrade which you should install before you write your first post.

This will allow you do do all your major upgrades in seconds, and it tells you when to do it.

Be careful about installing too many plug ins, I know how widget happy you are...hahahahahahahaha!!!

You know I will help you anytime:)

LadyJava February 03, 2008 5:22 PM

No worries GP! Me scared too that's why still sticking with blogger..heheh...;)

Mariuca February 03, 2008 7:13 PM

Bobby!! I know I know... it really bugs me abt not securing my own name yet! :(:(:(

And I remember u having trouble and having to spend hours with ur tech guy on the phone. It's gonna be DIFFICULT for me la Bobby but I have been thinking of starting a new blog and get my domain name for that one. I guess that would be the most ideal solution for me right now.

Thanks Bobby, it's good u push me like this every time I bring this topic up so I'll be less afraid to switch! :):):)

Mariuca February 03, 2008 7:14 PM

Thanks LJ, I always feel better when somebody says it's okay not to switch just yet he he he!! :):):)

LadyJava February 03, 2008 7:20 PM

ehhehe.. GP. but you know Bobby does have a point. It will be such a waste not to get that Mariuca. com.. you know ratusyura got her dot com. right. how awesome is that. as for me.. ladyjava.com dah tak dapat dah..someone already own it and now just parking it! frust!!..heeh.. but no pressure to change hosting.. yg penting you happy!!

Mariuca February 03, 2008 7:27 PM

Aiyo...heartpain la thinking about this LJ! Some more Syura oredi has her own domain ... Maybe I should just pay for my name now and worry abt the actual switching later! Yes!!

LadyJava February 03, 2008 7:32 PM

Yeah GP! I think that is the way to go.. worry about switching later. just get that domain name...lolzzz

Mariuca February 03, 2008 7:35 PM

Yay, I think I'm going to do it la LJ!! Now I have to bug Emila for some info on this...second time now! ;)

LadyJava February 03, 2008 7:37 PM

heheh.. ok.. you know where to find me if you need help.. if you want to use your paypal, may i suggest you use godaddy.. at least tak yah kluar duit lagi kan....just a thought :)

Mariuca February 03, 2008 7:43 PM

Godaddy?? What is that la woman??? Also, I'll definitely be bugging you abt this domain problem, sorry in advance he he he...

LadyJava February 03, 2008 8:19 PM

eh no problemo GP! My pleasure to be able to help you... you know where to find me ye...

Mariuca February 03, 2008 9:29 PM

Thanks LJ, you're a wonderful friend. Now I have u and Bobby to help me yay! :)

Shinade February 04, 2008 2:47 AM

Hi Marzie,

I think you would do just grand with your own domain.

I will get to the awards tomorrow I promise..I was just so very,very backed up.

For now.....

http://shinade.blogspot.com/2008/02/blog-roll-amnesty-day.html

Hugs:-)

Mariuca February 04, 2008 5:04 AM

Hi Jackie! Thanks for ur vote of confidence, really need it to make that switch. I hope u had a nice weekend and I'll see u soon! :):):)

William February 04, 2008 5:32 AM

Or you could be me and in transition. I actually connected my blogger blog to williambuckley.name then last month hosted my own at willbuckley.com now I cannot let go and have been neglecting my wordpress blog because I am too lazy to learn.

map of new zealand February 04, 2008 6:15 AM

It does sound like a good deal, but can you host more than one domain on your alloted space?

Mariuca February 04, 2008 8:33 AM

Hi William! Welcome to Mariuca's blog and thanks for sharing. I'm not familiar with wordpress at all so I too will have to learn. Hope the lazy bug won't bite me! ;)

Mariuca February 04, 2008 8:36 AM

Hello NZ! I think u can only host one domain, but feel free to find out more by clicking the link yeah? Thanks for coming by my blog. :):):)

Nick Phillips February 04, 2008 10:08 AM

I'm with you on this one Marzie. I'm not ready to take the plunge to have my own domain. This blog is just a hobby and I really don't need the added pressure of managing my own domain. So, I'll just stick with this one, it works just fine for me. Why fix something when it ain't broke, right?

kimfei February 04, 2008 4:28 PM

sigh.marzie,my site kena pawned by PR...how come arr??any method to get back my PR??

Mariuca February 04, 2008 6:20 PM

Nick, I know...but having your own domain is actually much better for u in the long run, which is why it is bugging me that I don't have one yet!!

I think I will eventually switch to my own domain, I first need to build up more courage to handle the move! :):):)

Mariuca February 04, 2008 6:20 PM

Aiyo Kim Fei!! What happened? You mean it went down from PR4?? Okies, I'll come by ur blog now!!

Bingo Online February 05, 2008 9:58 PM

just make sure that the service that you are subscribing to is reliable

there's nothing to worry about ;)

Mariuca February 05, 2008 10:18 PM

Thank you Bingo! Glad to receive more positive feedback on the switch! :)

THE NAFASG TEAM February 06, 2008 12:24 PM

Hi GP!!

Hehe. We just wrote a review on one of the domain registration sites as well. Well we must say that getting your own domain is like a 'trend' among bloggers these days. But we understand that switching to your very own domain is not such a simple decision to make after all. Even we too have been comtemplating about it.

But for us, we felt that we're still very new in this blogosphere, so we should just put it on hold first. It's ok to take your time on this one actually. No pressure! =)

Mariuca February 06, 2008 12:41 PM

NAFA, it is a difficult decision to make!! I've been mulling this over in my mind many times now, hopefully I'll be brave enough to make the switch eventually, but for now.. I shall take comfort in your no pressure advice, thanks dear! :):):)

Emila Yusof September 28, 2008 2:00 PM

got me and lj now so no worries!

Emila Yusof September 28, 2008 2:01 PM

we can work as a team to help you move.

LadyJava September 28, 2008 2:02 PM

yelah GP.. me and Emila can help one..

Mariuca October 10, 2008 9:49 AM

Thanks ladies! If and when I decide to switch, for sure I'll be bugging you two, he he! :)

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