On May, I decided to revamp and rebrand my blog. I used Blogger since 2011,, and I thought it’s time to move to WordPress. So far, it’s the best decision ever with the Yoast SEO and looks more professional. At the end of the post, I will let you know about the total that I spend on this investment.
Here’s the checklist that helps me to set up my new website using WordPress.org!
1. Web Hosting
What is Web Hosting?
When a hosting provider allocates space on a web server for a website to store its files, they are hosting a website. Get to know more about it on namecheap.
The early stage is a bit tough because it’s my first time and I didn’t know what to do, which makes me a bit overwhelm. But, so far the customer service are available 24/7 and they always settled my problem. With the plan too, I have one chance to migrate the existing project to the new web. So nothing that complicated since they help me with the setup.
The only thing that I noticed that you have to be aware of the hidden charges like the Let’s Encrypt SSL, which will expired after you activate. So, technically, they provide you for free, but you need to top up once it ended.
Web Hosting total: RM308.34 / $71.40, bought on May 10, 2020. Bought your host plan at Siteground - GrowBig.
2. Get & Setup Domain
What is Domain?
Domain is the url like aqasnote.com, so you can choose .com, .net, .org or .io when you bought at Namecheap.
I have been using Namecheap for quite a while now, ever since I decided to make my old blog aqaliliazizan.com, looks more professional. So far, there is not problem and the setup that you need to do on the host is really straightforward.
3. Select & Setup WordPress Themes
What is WordPress Themes?
It’s actually a layout for your web. From my own opinion, you have to choose themes that are mobile and web friendly. There’s no better place to buy themes, none other than Etsy!
I love Etsy! You can find tons of themes for your website at a reasonable price with easy installation. I could say to upload the html is fairly easy, unless if you want to change the colours, fonts and others, it will take times to make it perfect and make sure that you feel satisfied. But don’t worries, because so far I never dissapointed with customer service on Etsy and some of them event provide free installation!
Always check your website at Mobile-Friendly test on Google Console because it’s really important right now, where most of use open websites on handphone.
WordPress theme on Etsy total: RM148.66. Bought your themes at Etsy (Lucid Themes). Don't forget to use ShopBack Malaysia to get cashback when you shop on Etsy!
The Final Countdown
Hopefully this post will help you to build your own self-hosted website on WordPress. At first it might be a little bit overwhelmed for you especially if it’s your first time and do it yourself! But, don’t rush things to avoid mishap and don’t give up!
TOTAL WEBSITE SETUP: RM 495.26
Hopefully, I can be a success Malaysia lifestyle blogger in the future! It’s time to invest my time and money on the technical part of becoming blogger. Having at least one blog on Google Rank will definitely my goal this year. Let me know on the comment down below, what more you want me to share on #LiliBlogTips! Stay safe. 😊