The Day I Got My Own Domain

My Own Domain

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not the most techy person in the world. I’m not up to date with the latest gadgets (it takes me a little longer to jump on the band wagon) and I’ve never queued outside an Apple store.  When it comes to computers. I can do the basics but since starting my blog, I’ve really pushed myself to learn more and I’m slowly getting there.  That’s what I love about blogging – it’s a learning curve.

I’ve wanted my own domain for a while and when I first looked into it, I was overwhelmed by the amount of information available. ALL I WANT IS MY OWN DOMAIN! So I put the idea to bed for a while until one miserable Sunday evening I noticed a tweet from one of my closest blogging friends, Michelle.

Michelle and her husband James have started a business called Centu, focusing on blog hosting and management which was music to my ears! They were offering everything I was looking for: to make my blog self hosted, transfer from Blogger to WordPress (which had been on my list of things to do for a while) and basically take all the stress away from me. What did I have to do? I erm…ran away and put the kettle on. Girl needs her coffee! Confession time: as much as I love tea, I am partial to the odd cup of coffee..

To be honest, that is what I needed. Someone to take the reigns and stop me going to war with my laptop. James did absolutely everything, going above and beyond to make the process as smooth as possible (and I know with some things, I’m not the easiest person to work with). Michelle gave me a step by step tour of WordPress in basic English (none of that technical jargon sits well with me) and honestly, I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a little run down of everything the dream team did:

  • Registered the domain of my choice
  • Set up web hosting
  • Created a self-hosted WordPress account on that web hosting
  • Transferred all of my posts, comments and features from your Blogspot blog into my new WordPress blog
  • Linked my domain ( to my WordPress blog
  • Forwarded my Blogspot address to your new domain and WordPress blog so people looking for your blog will be sent to my shiny new WordPress one!

And hey presto! After a few hours, everything was done. James and Michelle made everything so easy and although I was worried about changing to WordPress (I’ve always been a Blogger gal), I’m definitely more happy with the flexibility WordPress gives me. And I know James and Michelle are only an email, text, tweet, Facebook message or smoke signal away!

I’m really excited about the future of my blog and I’m so pleased to be working with James who is creating my redesign. I honestly can’t wait to see the finished look! Man must have the patience of a saint to work with me…

I’m really excited to watch Centu grow. I know how passionate both Michelle and James are, which is reflected in the amount of time they dedicate to their work. I’d highly recommend Centu to any blogger who is looking to take the plunge and get their own domain.

Interested? Tweet Centu!

Do you have your own domain? What exciting plans to you have for your blog?

Centu very kindly registered my domain & provided hosting free for a year. Nevertheless, all the views in the post are solely my own.



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  • I hear ya sister!!!! Don’t you just love the freedom and simplicity that comes with the self hosted WordPress set up? So happy that you’re happy with your blog, I know how much I wanted to move, so I can feel your excitement in this post!! 🙂 what a lovely thing that Michelle and James did for you! It’s great to know there’s people out there who can actually help on a human level and translate the tech speak! Enjoy it my lovely, you deserve it! Xxxx

  • I did this! But I went from .wordpress to self-hosted. I too got someone else to do the leg work for me but I did all the research so if I needed to, I could install a new template and do all the necessary techy bits and pieces. Loving the new look! x

  • I went to self-hosted last year and sometimes I love it and sometimes it’s the worst thing I’ve ever done. I tried to do most of it myself, as I couldn’t afford to pay anyone, and so it’s horrible when something goes wrong. I’ve still got a lot to learn but I do love seeing my own blog domain at the top of the screen. Good luck with everything!

  • I love having my own domain, but it was so frustrating to set everything up. How does this work? What does that do? How can I get that in the corner? I think I spend a whole day on google trying to figure stuff out haha. And I still don’t get how everything works (a).

    xx Izzy | Qthee

  • It’s amazing that you got your own domain, I’ve wanted that for my blog for a while but I’m not good at technical stuff. I might take your advice and contact Centu, that’s a brilliant idea. Oh and what are the advantages of WordPress? I have never thought about moving my blog. xx

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