Should You Self Host Your Own Website?
In a galaxy far, far away…
Oh, sorry wrong script…
Once upon a time I joined a well-known “free” website hosting service. I built my website and I was happy. My domain name was perfect – astrosadventures.com – my books are the Astro’s Adventures series and I loved how this made my books so much easier to find… or so I thought!
This was long before the kindly wizard taught me about SEO and blogging, and other such important matters.
The kindly wizard also taught told me the importance of self-hosting, and like a dutiful servant I embarked on the journey to “own” my own domain names, websites etc., but I had my doubts.
“Oh Golly,” I thought, “Does it really matter??”
Well, when I tried to leave the “free” website hosting service I found it impossible to take astrosadventures.com with me. Sad and dejected I had to move on and create a whole new website – astrosadventures.net.
However, like a naughty elf, every now and then I go to my Bluehost account and check if astrosadventures.com is available. I dream of one day reuniting myself with my old domain and living happily ever after.
This morning I did just that.
Imagine my horror when I saw how much the greedy trolls wanted for astrosadventures.com – see below.
In fact, I nearly fainted!
So children, the lesson here is – self host or be damned to a life of regret! And, if anyone has a spare $4k lying around, I’d appreciate a loan.