GOING SELF-HOSTED 101

GOING SELF-HOSTED 101

About a month a go, i finally took the plunge of going self hosted with my blog and officially moved from beauty762.wordpress.com to beaulife.org. As i know how overwhelming this change can be for so many, i decided to share with you all my experience with going self hosted and provide you with all the information I can in order to hopefully make this process easier for any of you considering going self -hosted in the future!

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WHY I WENT SELF-HOSTED

I had been contemplating going self hosted with my blog for the longest time, but the cost and fear of change held me back; however, i knew that if i wanted to monetize my site and hopefully turn this hobby of blogging in to a job, i had to take this leap. The wordpress.com site was quickly becoming too limiting for me as I wanted to be able to use plugins and programs like Google Analytics and overall have more control and freedom with my blog.

WHY SITEGROUND?

The biggest dilemma that comes with going self-hosted (aside from choosing a domain name) is choosing what hosting platform to go with. After hearing great reviews from many of my fellow bloggers (and doing a little bit of my own research) about how affordable Siteground is and how amazing their customer service is, I was sold and knew that this is the hosting platform I would be going with!

MY EXPERIENCE WITH SITEGROUND

I decided to go with Siteground’s StartUp option which is $3.95 per month; however, as I was going for the 2 year plan- after adding everything up such as the domain name and SG Site Scanner-it came up to $144.5 which might seem like a lot but considering it’s a 2 year plan and comparing it to its competitor Bluehost’s pricing, I believe it’s a pretty good deal! What I love about Siteground is their amazing 24/7 live chat service because whenever I had any questions or was confused about something, there support team would be right there to help me out. As soon as I had bought my new domain, I told them to transfer my old site to the new domain and this took around 24 hours after which my new self hosted site was up and ready to go. Overall, I was glad that I had decided to go with Siteground because after hearing stories from some bloggers about how stressful their ‘going self hosted’ process was, I was quite surprised at how easy and hassle-free Siteground made this move for me.

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CHOOSING THE THEME

The first thing I did once my site was set up was choose a theme. I went for a free one but you can of course buy a theme-they have some amazing ones up at pipdig that you can check out.

TRANSFERRING FOLLOWERS & STATS

As soon as my site was up, I noticed that everything was there except for my followers and stats but don’t worry, it is super easy to transfer them! You can migrate your followers in less than a minute following the steps in this article. As for the stats, I definitely had to do a bit of research to figure out how to transfer them but it is very simple to do as well! Simply go to the WordPress Forums and ‘add a new topic’. Just write down that you need your stats transferred from your old website to the new one and in the tag section, write ‘modlook’. A WordPress support person will reply to you confirming your request and voila- all your stats are now transferred to the new site! Also, keep in mind that the ‘likes’ you have gotten on your posts will not get transferred to the new site.

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO USE THE WORDPRESS FEATURES ON THE NEW SITE?

One of my biggest worries with going self hosted was that I will not be able to use the WordPress features that I had grown so accustomed to, especially the reader section where I share my new content and get to see content from all the bloggers that I follow- but I am so glad that this was not the case. You simply need to activate the ‘Jetpack’ plugin and then they will ask you if you would like to connect your new blog to WordPress and once you do, all the WordPress features will now be available for you to use. One thing; however, that I noticed was that the WordPress follow button was no longer appearing on my site anymore and so I quickly googled and found this article that explains exactly how you can add one. One downside with having a self hosted site is that your blogposts will no longer appear in the search section of WordPress which I was kind off bummed about because that is where many readers potentially find your blog, read them and perhaps even give you a follow but oh well!

HOW I FEEL AFTER GOING SELF-HOSTED

I am very happy that I took the leap to go self hosted. Not only do I have access to all these amazing plugins such as Jetpack and Yoast but I can now start monetizing my site. One of the things I love is that I am now able to use Google Analytics which provides me with crucial information about my blog stats such as my unique monthly visitors and demographics-information that brands often need when they want to work with you. I have noticed; however, that my views have fell a little after going self-hosted and the rate at which I am now gaining followers has fell significantly which I will not lie got me quite frustrated but taking in all the benefits of the move, I believe this is just a small hurdle.

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I am aware this was quite a lengthy post but I really wanted to provide you guys with as much information as I could on going self-hosted. I really hope this helped any of you who are considering going self-hosted and trust me, it is not as scary as it sounds! I was very surprised by how easily everything worked which is hugely due to me using Siteground and of course their amazing customer service!

If you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will be more than happy to answer them!

THANK YOU FOR READING! xx

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65 comments found

  1. OMG !!! ❤ THANK YOU SOOO SO MUCH FOR SHARING THIS POST !! I’ve been thinking about going self hosted for a month or two now & I’ve heavily been considering siteground but I’ve also been nervous about it too!! This post is so encouraging to me!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us because I personally needed it!!

    1. Yayyy! That makes so happy girl! So glad I could help you out! 💗💗
      You should definitely go with Siteground and don’t be nervous girl, I was surprised at how easy the process was! 🙌🏼💕

  2. Hey, nice to know you went self hosted. I am also contemplating moving but cost and fear of change have also held me up. Given that wordpress has so many limitations especially when it comes to plugins. Thanks for sharing this post, I think given me enough motivation to move.

    1. I totally get you because that’s what held me back for so long! It’s totally worth it though so whenever you are ready you should definitely do it! Thanks for reading! xx

    1. That’s awesome! It was actually not as a bad as I though thankfully and yes I’m so glad I went with them! Thanks! 💗

  3. This is such a good explanation about going self-hosted! I did exactly the same and used SiteGround and got a pipdig theme. I was really impressed with both! Discovering Jetpack made life so much easier too. Great post lovely, this will definitely help loads of people thinking of going self hosted 💖 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank a lot! 💕
      I love pipdig themes so might invest in one soon! Jet pack is definitely a great plugin! I really hope it does! xx

  4. Congratulations on going self-hosted! It’s a fun experience for those that haven’t before. You’ve got some great info here, although I will add one plug-in that I highly recommend (I’m a digital marketer who does a lot of website creation, and I put this on every client’s site) – Updraft Plus. It’s a back up plugin that you can set to automatically back up your blog. I have mine set to every week. One of my clients recently had a glitch with their site and lost everything, and with just a few clicks that had everything right back to what it was again! It’s a HUGE life saver if anything goes wrong.
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

    1. Oh wow, I had never heard of that plugin before and thanks so much for letting me know about it!
      I will definitely be downloading it! xx

  5. this was so so helpful and has made me feel a lot better. I am currently in the process of going self hosted and I too used Siteground so I agree they are very helpful! I am glad you included about transferring over stats and followers! Great post! xx

    1. Thanks so much! 💕
      Yeah, i feel so many blogposts that I had read didn’t include things like how to transfer stats/followers so I definitely wanted to include that! Glad you liked it! 💕

  6. Congratulations on going self-hosted! I also used SiteGround they really were so helpful, but I totally agree about the follower thing I barely get any followers compared to when I wasn’t self-hosted. Your blog looks beautiful by the way, and I think this post will really help a lot of people out who are also thinking of making the move.

    Emma x
    emmarollason.com

    1. Thank you! 💗
      I know right, I have no idea why haha!
      I still want to get a better theme but thanks and I really hope it does! 😘💗

  7. Not sure how up-to-date you are on GDPR rules, but going self-hosted means you’re responsible for how data is processed on your website (rather than it sitting with WordPress).

    It means your Privacy Policy can no longer be a simple statement linking through to WordPress’s own Privacy Policy.

    I’m still WordPress-hosted, so I can’t help you with the details (sorry). But there might be a plug-in that can do this for you.

    1. I’ve heard a lot about GDPR but honestly haven’t gotten around to applying it on my blog! Thanks for letting me know though as will definitely look in to it! xx

  8. Thanks for sharing about self hosting! I am still a bit hesitant about it. Mainly because I don’t know what to expect, but after reading this I am feeling more comfortable with going self hosted soon! 🙂

    1. It’s really not that bad! Barely took me any time to get used to the new self hosted site, it is pretty amazing being able to do all these I couldn’t before! Best of luck with it if you decide to self hosted! xx

  9. Congrats on going self hosted! It’s such a huge step in progressing your blog! Your write up on the process is very informative and sure to help people just starting out!

    1. So glad you found it helpful! Just do it girl, Siteground literally does most of the work for you and you need to make a few changes that’s all! xx

  10. Congratulations on going self-hosted! I myself was also self hosted recently and am currently writing about the FAQs people are asking me about going self-hosted 🙂

    Your post is so informative and useful! x

    1. Thank you! 💗
      That’s so awesome, I would love to read it! So glad you found this post useful! xx

  11. I went self hosted from the beginning, as that time I was researching and everyone mentioned to go self hosted. I am not good with all the technical stuff and very scared to even click anywhere haha! I need to learn about Google analytics, even though I made the account in the beginning, I have no idea how to check that. Then want to learn more about this subscribe to my blog thing. But I recently joined the Amazon Affiliate program just so I can maintain this blog. Thanks for sharing this is very helpful Huda. 🙂
    Via | glossnglitters.com

    1. You’re welcome!
      You can download google Analytics through this plugin called monsterinsights- it’s really good!
      It’s awesome that you went self hosted from the beginning, you don’t have to go through all that hassle! 😅

  12. Wow, thank you for this. I’ve been wanting to go self-hosted, but i was having second thoughts. Great post.

  13. I love hearing other people’s experiences of going self hosted! This is such a helpful post for people who want to go self hosted, thanks for sharing! X

    Ashleigh | ashleighwrites.co.uk

    1. You’re welcome! I also enjoyed reading these so much before I actually went self hosted myself! 💗

  14. I am not sure about your posts not appearing on the wordpress feed. Or is it only if people search for a topic? My blog has been self-hosted from the start and I could swear I’ve seen my posts on the wordpress app. Useful post and congratulations on taking the leap of faith! 🙂

    1. Oh yeah, they do appear on the WordPress feed but not if people search for a topic!
      Thanks so much lovely! xx

    1. That makes me so happy! It’s definitely worth it if you wanna be more serious about blogging! Thanks for refund! 💗

  15. Everyone should invest in a self-hosted platform if they want to take their blogging game up a notch. You get so much control over your content and those ADS! I hate those default WP ads @__@. Glad you experienced a hassle-free transfer!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  16. Thank you so much for writing this post! Going self-hosted is something I really want to do at some point but it’s so daunting! This is so helpful and informative – will definitely come back if I decide to take the plunge and do it! X

    1. You’re welcome! I totally get you, I waited for the longest time because of that exact reason!
      Thanks for reading lovely! 💗

  17. Congratulations on going self-hosted! It’s such a good feeling when you do it 🙂 makes it seem more professional. Great post with some cool tips, I have always been self-hosted so I didn’t have to do some of this stuff or have the stress luckily, haha. My dad knows quite a lot about it all so he’s been really helping me!

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    1. Thanks a lot! 💗
      That’s awesome, so many bloggers go self hosted since the beginning and yay, I can imagine that that would have been super helpful! 💕

  18. Very informative post Huda, I love it! I went self hosted right off the bat because of posts like yours. I did all the research and read so many blogs to make the right choice. So glad I did!! I’m glad you like it better too. Great post girl!

    1. Thanks so much Kayla! 💗
      Honestly think I should have done it sooner because of how simple the process was!
      Thanks for reading! xx

  19. OMG! This is such a helpful post! I’m planning on going self-hosted but I don’t know when is the right time so if I need help or any advice, I’ll straightaway come to this post. Fab post x

  20. This is probably one of the most helpful posts about going self hosted I’ve read yet – I’m looking to do it through SiteGround this summer & i’ll probably buy a pipdig theme! It’s expensive, and I always worry that I won’t be able to monetise my site enough to make the leap worth it, however this has persuaded me to get into doing it! Shared to twitter for you as I think more people should read this, it’s really helpful, especially about all the plugins & WordPress follower buttons & features – that’s slmetbing I always worried I would lose going self hosted but this has explained how to get them so easily! Thank you😊

    1. Yess, I’m so glad you found it helpful because before I went self hosted, it was all this transferring followers and stats stuff that worried me!
      I’m considering buying a theme from pipdig but I don’t know if it’s worth all that money 😫

  21. I have heard really good reviews about siteground and I think i too will probably go for it.
    But the UAE rules are a little different in terms of monetizing the blog as u need to get a license fot it. how are you planning to monetize ?

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