On Monday I shared the first part to my struggle of moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, so if you’re in the same position, you might want to read this post first.
Let’s get on with part two. So far, I’d bought my hosting site and my theme, I’d pointed my domain over to Bluehost, I was designing my site and adding all the plugins that I needed, I thought by this point everything was done. But of course, it wasn’t
By this point I thought I was finally getting somewhere, I was getting the support I needed from the theme developer who was helping make sure everything was set up right, I was downloading the plugins that I thought I needed and configuring them to what I needed them for, but then, more stress, more problems. Nearly all my photo’s were gone, completely vanished, not even in my media anymore. I was completely heart broken and ready to give up and move back to WordPress.com again. I do back up all my photos, but there was no way I could re-upload over 400 photos back into each individual post. So I contacted Bluehost again, which was just a complete waste of time, the only information I got out of them was the fact it could be a plugin I was using, so I went through them all, found it was actually Jetpack causing the problem, so I Googled it to see what other people did to fix the problem and contacted Jetpack in case there was an easy fix.
Jetpack advised me that it could be Photon that was causing the problem, which I’d also found out through Google, so I turned it off. Then, my site decided because the photo’s were too large, it was going to take too long to load, so I was advised to try a couple of photo resizing plugins and resized all my photo’s. Which helped, a bit. But I was also informed that my site needed SSL to run at it’s best, so I contacted Bluehost yet again to explain the problem and I couldn’t do anything about it myself because I had no idea what to do.
Just like before, Bluehost were pretty useless in explaining any of this to me, but went ahead and installed the free WordPress one for me and that was it, they ended my chat. So I was left still not knowing what it was. I went back to Bluehost to complain about the way I had just been treated and they apologised and explained to my why I needed it. So while I was there I thought I’d just double check whether I needed anything else, anything else installing or adding to make my site work at it’s best. They assured me that I did not and my site was working perfectly.
I still had a few things I wanted to sort out, so I started on one of them, which was Bloglovin’. My Bloglovin’ account isn’t sending over the images with the posts and I couldn’t figure out why, everything that I tried didn’t work so I sent them a little email wondering if they could fix it for me and they replied explaining that my RSS feed wasn’t sending over the photo’s and to contact my website provider as they would be able to fix this. I contact Bluehost and chose the WordPress option and explained my problem, they told me a web developer needs to fix this as they do not support this kind of problem and were not willing to help me. I decided that can wait for another day (still haven’t managed to find anyone to help me fix that..) because it turned out, there was also another problem that I had no idea about.
I was told my site wasn’t working. I literally screamed, not kidding. I had completely had enough, I just wanted to give up, I could not be bothered with it anymore. But Bluehost told me that was because my site wasn’t optimised. I nearly hit the roof, yet again something that I did not know I necessarily needed to keep my site running. I’d read about it, but wasn’t planning on doing anything about it until all my other problems were fixed. So to be told, after asking whether I needed anything else, that my site was working perfectly, I went mad. Bluehost was not helping me to optimise my site, they were just telling me I needed to and to read the pages he was sending. I gave up on them, closed the chat and decided to do it my self.
I found a website and tried to follow the instructions, I got stuck at the very last step and gave in. I tried contacting the author of the post, with no reply, I asked WordPress.com if they could tell me how to complete it and they didn’t so I also asked Bluehost, who also told me they couldn’t help so I am still stuck and not quite sure if my site is optimised at all, I’ve read multiple different posts, taught myself a little bit about it but everything I’ve tried just doesn’t seem to work and I have no idea why. It is working fine though so I assumed that because I’d followed all the other steps that all work to optimise my site in different ways I didn’t need to do the last step, it would only help. I’ve kind of ended up at a dead end trying to do this, but since my sites working, I’ve just left it. Hopefully it’s all fine haha.
While I was in contact with Bloglovin’ they also informed me that the PHP version my site was running on wasn’t up to date and updating it will also improve the speed of my site and speed was my biggest probablem. Iasked Bloglovin’ if they could advise me on what I should do and they told me that Bluehost will update it for me. Again, I contacted Bluehost explained what I’d been told and they updated the PHP to the latest version, finally one problem solved easy as that.
Unfortunately this isn’t the end to my problems but what I’ve got left to sort out isn’t as important so I’m making my way through them slowly and hopefully I’ll be able to finish all the steps to optimising my site, eventually. I’m making my way through all the little bits and bobs to make my site the best it can & I’ll make sure to keep you all updated. *touch wood* my site is working alright now and I can finally get back to doing what I love the most, properly.
I really hope if you’re planning on going self hosted this post has prepared you a bit and not put you off. I just wish someone had told me all this before I dove in head first. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask x
P.S. Well done for making it to the end, it was like a short novel wasn’t it? Oops.