Going self hosted

Going self hosted

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and are having a lovely weekend! About a month ago I plucked up the courage to make the move and go self hosted which I’m not going to lie, was a pretty big decision that I was SO excited for but also nervous for at the same time! I did a blog post that you can see HERE that explains why I decided to go self hosted and all that jazz but since doing that post I had a LOT of questions and requests for me to do a blog post dedicated to my experience and the process of going self hosted as I know it was something that was quite daunting for me that I had to do a lot of research on before finally making the move. For today’s post I thought I would do exactly that and dedicate this post all about going self hosted and hopefully try to answer all your questions. This might turn out to be quite an essay of a post but I’ll try to make it as simple and easy to understand as possible! I hope you enjoy my lovelies…

WordPress.com VS WordPress.org:

Apart from seeing other bloggers switching their blogs to self hosted, the main reason that I started to think about my blog options was because after a year my storage was increasingly getting full to the point where the free WordPress domain (3GB) wouldn’t be enough. I came to the conclusion that it would work out more expensive if I was to upgrade with WordPress.com and I wouldn’t get as much for my money as to go self hosted (wordpress.org) for example the storage space and design. Going self hosted was something I’d always dreamed of, being able to have total freedom and to customise my blog how I wanted and to not be limited with the design etc. I also wanted to get rid of the rosetintedpics.wordpress.com part of my domain name. Although the free WordPress.com domain was a great, easy platform to start my blog, it is very limited and I just felt like I wanted my blog to be more professional and to be able to do more things that WordPress.com doesn’t offer. Also, going self hosted is a once in a lifetime thing that you wouldn’t have to do again once you have made the move, you just have to pay once every year.

What Does ‘Going Self Hosted’ Mean?

Before I started researching, I was totally unaware of what ‘going self hosted’ was or meant. It basically means that WordPress are no longer the host of your site so you have to choose a new web hosting site to host your blog. As I said earlier, this was quite daunting as I had to move my blog from my comfortable WordPress home to Siteground, the web hosting site I chose to host my blog. The thought of loosing anything in the process that I had worked hard on was definitely something I was worried about but trust me, there is honestly nothing to worry about and everything can be transferred over! I only had one issue with transferring my followers which I ended up sorting out myself as it was super easy to do which I will come on to later. Although I’m no technical expert, I managed to do the migration process along with the help of Siteground’s team and everything transferred over fine in the end!

Choosing Your Web Hosting Site & Theme:

Siteground offers a Start Up Plan for £2.75 a month with 10GB of storage which is what I chose and would definitely recommend! This was a more reasonable offer compared to the price of upgrading with WordPress.com and they do the actual migration process for you. They also have a 24/7 live chat support who were always there to help if there were any issues or problems during the migration so don’t worry, you’re not alone! All in all the total cost came to around £45 which pays for the migration, support, storage, security and any updates etc. After now having been with Siteground for a month, I haven’t had any problems and I’m very impressed with their service. Once the migration process has finished and your blog has been made, you can either choose a free WordPress theme that they offer or download one yourself. I decided to purchase one from Pipdig who have some GORGEOUS themes to choose from, it took me ages to finally decide which one I wanted! The Pipdig theme was super easy to download myself, although Siteground can also do that for you and the customising options are endless! Etsy also have some lovely themes that you can download.

The Process:

  1. The first step is to choose your plan and enter your domain name. If you already have a domain name you can select the ‘I already have a domain’ option so you can still use your existing custom domain name which you don’t have to pay for again. If you are like me and didn’t already have a domain name, you register your new name e.g rosetintedpics.co.uk instead of rosetintedpics.wordpress.com which it was before. This costs £12.95 a year.
  2. Once you have chosen your plan and domain name all there is left to do is to sign up with Siteground and fill out your payment details. You then should receive an email with your order confirmation/receipt and an email with your Siteground log in details that you chose.
  3. Now to start using your hosting account and to access your area you just have to go onto the Siteground website and sign in. There is also a link attached to the email you receive which is a step by step getting started guide if you get stuck. Once you have logged in you don’t have to do anything else as the team at Siteground will now be making your site. This took about 24 hours so the next day I got another email saying that they had successfully downloaded the WordPress software on my hosting account and my site was ready and published! On the email there is a link that takes you to your admin login which is what you use to login to your site. This is the same type of  thing that you used to do to login to your WordPress account.
  4. When I logged in, everything was there so all my post and comments but not my followers or stats. I think Siteground can do this for you if you ask them on the live chat support but if they don’t transfer, don’t panic! I will leave some useful posts below of how to transfer your followers etc but it was super easy to do myself. My stats didn’t transfer either but again this is possible to do as well as your Bloglovin followers if you ask them. I would also recommend installing the Jetpack plugin.
  5. Finally, the last step was to download my Pipdig theme if you purchase one which I will also leave a tutorial for below and to start customising your new blog! This was by far my favourite part actually getting to design it and although it was also the part that took the longest, I really enjoyed playing around with all the customising options compared to the limited options I had before!

Overall, in my personal experience I’m so pleased I took the leap to go self hosted as even though it was a pretty big leap, I would honestly never look back and in my opinion, it was definitely worth the splurge!! There are lots of things to consider for example the cost as it’s certainly not cheap (in total including the theme it cost me around £80)  but hopefully after reading this post it has helped to answer any questions you might have had and helped you to understand the process a bit more!

Thank you so much for reading as always and I hope you enjoyed this post if you made it to the end! If you do decide to go self hosted, make sure to let me know and if you want to ask me further questions don’t hesitate to ask!

Much Love, Amelia xx

Useful Posts:

How to download your Pipdig theme

How to install the Pipdig theme file

How to install the Jetpack plugin

How to transfer your WordPress followers 

16 Comments

  1. Glasha
    May 20, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    This post is so lovely and interesting! xxxxx

    • May 20, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Aww thank you so much Glasha, I’m so glad you found it useful! xx

  2. May 20, 2017 / 5:12 pm

    Ah this post is so so helpful, thanks soo much for writing it! In the future sometime I’d love to go self hosted, and I’m sure I’ll come back to this post because it is going to be so useful! The customisation sounds amazing and pipdig themes are simply GORGEOUS! Your post makes me really excited to go self hosted when I eventually do! 😊💗

    • May 20, 2017 / 5:28 pm

      Aww thank you so much lovely as always, I’m so glad you found it helpful! Yes, there are SO many more customising options and it’s so nice to be able to design your blog exactly how you want without being limited with the options. I was surprised at how many different things you can do! That’s great! If you do decide to go self hosted, make sure to let me know! I’d definitely recommend downloading a theme from Pipdig! xx 🙂

  3. May 20, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    This post is so helpful! One day I hope to go self-hosted and I’ll definitely check back to this post as it has useful information. Thank you x

    • May 20, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Aww you’re most welcome lovely, I’m so glad you found it helpful!! Thank you so much for reading as always and make sure to let me know if you decide to go self hosted in the future! xx

  4. May 20, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    such a useful post! i’m definitely aiming for going self-hosted in the soon future, will definitely come back to this post. xx

    • May 20, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Aww thank you so much as always lovely, I’m so glad you found it helpful!! That’s great, make sure to let me know if you decide to self hosted in the future! xx

  5. Huda
    May 20, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Congrats on going self-hosted! After reading your experience, I feel pretty good about going self hosted in the future which is different cause most of the posts I’ve read of people going self hosted seem to have had a lot of issues!
    I do want to ask you though, why you decided to go with Siteground? I’ve heard Bluehost is a really good and well known web hosting platform, so I don’t know if Siteground is better than that, from your experience I would say it is!
    Just want to know your opinion on that
    Anyways great post, will definitely try coming back to this in the future! 💕💕

    • May 21, 2017 / 9:41 am

      Aww thank you so much lovely, I’m so glad you found it helpful!! Yes, the only issue I had was transferring my followers but that’s really easy to do yourself following the tutorial I linked in the post so don’t worry if they don’t transfer! I didn’t really know what to expect but the process was a lot easier than I thought it would be and if I got stuck I asked on Siteground’s live chat support that put me in touch with someone from their team or found tutorials on google once my site was finished for things like transferring my followers. I decided to go with Siteground as I’d seen lots of other bloggers go with them and they had all had positive experiences with them. When I was researching, the majority of people said they chose site ground also. In my experience, they offer such great support and security which is something that definitely reassured me as I was totally clueless until I’d actually done it myself but there honestly is nothing to worry about! I don’t know much about Bluehost but it sounds like another great option. I’m sure they will both be great but I have been really impressed with Siteground’s service. I hope that helps and you manage to sort it out! Let me know if you do decide to go self hosted in the future!! Thanks for reading also Hun xx

  6. May 21, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    This was such a helpful post and one i will definitely be coming back to in the future as I’m hoping to go self-hosted soon. Thank you for writing for sharing your experience. Hope you’re doing ok lovely x

    • May 22, 2017 / 5:02 pm

      Aww thank you so much Elin as always, you’re most welcome! I’m so glad you found it helpful!! That’s great, make sure to let me know if you do decide to go self hosted in the future! Yes I’m good thank you, I hope you are too Hun xx

  7. May 27, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    I love this post as it is so relatable! I was wondering, did you transfer your stats? Because when all my followers were transferred, my stats didn’t, did the same thing happen to you? xxx

    • May 27, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Aww thank you so much as always lovely, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! No, I only transferred my followers but transferring my stats is definitely something I’m going to look into so yes don’t worry as my stats didn’t transfer either xx

  8. August 12, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Hey I just went self hosted and I was wondering how to get the full blog post to appear in the reader like how you have yours instead of just a small excerpt ??

  9. September 28, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    Good afternoon. Thanks a lot! Really enjoyed reading this page.

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