Holy moly, did someone mention self-hosted?! RUNNNN.
I’m kind of joking, but I’m also kind of not unfortunately. I guess most bloggers aim to become self-hosted eventually, but what does it actually mean and why do we need to be self-hosted? I’m going to talk you through what it is, why you need it and importantly.. how I made the transition in just a few hours.
What does self-hosted mean?
Being self-hosted means you are in total control of your blog. You choose who you host your website with, what it looks like, and you own every single piece of your content.
Why do I need to be self-hosted?
You actually don’t have to be self-hosted, but being self-hosted through WordPress opens doors to endless opportunities. In my opinion, it’s also a lot more professional and also allows you to put adverts on your site. When you make the move to self-hosted, you give yourself the chance to add plugins to your site too. These can be things like the Yoast plugin to help with SEO, or more advanced commenting plugins. If you’re currently on WordPress, moving self-hosted also allows you to customise your theme completely, meaning you have the freedom to make your site yours. Hallelujah!
How do I become self-hosted?
It’s actually pretty damn easy.. and that’s coming from someone who has no knowledge in this area. First things first, you’ve got to find yourself a hosting company. There’s tonnes of these kicking around, although Siteground is one of the most popular and is also one of WordPress’ recommended hosting companies. Siteground is easy to use, fast and there is online support available 24/7. I can vouch that the guys are extremely helpful and are happy to help with any questions you have.
Once you’re on Siteground, you can choose which plan you require out of the three. To start off with, I would recommend going with the ‘StartUp’ plan as you can always upgrade later if you wish. You’re going to need your own domain name, which you can either purchase from them or elsewhere. This usually costs roughly around £10 for the year. If you already have your domain name, then a year’s hosting on Siteground StartUp plan is just £39.60 – bargain!
Next, you’re going to need to transfer your current site to WordPress.Org. Sounds pretty scary, right? No need to worry, Siteground have you covered. They offer a FREE transfer process, which will have your new site up and running in just a few hours! You can request a transfer ticket in just one click. Unfortunately, not everything can be moved directly over. They will be super transparent about this though, and will tell you exactly what you can move over! I lost all the likes on my posts moving from WordPress.com, but for me that was the only downfall.
You’re also going to need a theme! You can purchase these everywhere, from small business on Etsy to a bigger company like Pipdig. I personally used Pipdig as I knew I was buying from a safe company, and had online help if I needed it. Pipdig have excellent feedback and their themes are just beautiful! You also get the chance to try them all out beforehand, so you can have a little play around.
Is that it? Am I now self-hosted?
Pretty much.. yes! All you have to do is go in and upload your brand new theme which took me just 2 minutes. Then.. it’s all in your hands! It’s time to fully customise your site and add those all important plugins! Not actually as daunting as it first seems, huh? All in just a few hours too.
How much is it going to cost me?
This is dependant on what you already have. The Siteground hosting amounts to £39.60 (which covers the whole year). If you don’t have a domain, this is going to cost you an additional £10 (again, for the whole year). Your theme will range in price depending on where you purchase it from, mine from Pipdig cost me £39.00. For well under £100, you can have a brand new, self-hosted site! In my opinion, your only going to get out of your site what you put in to it. I believe self-hosted is a great decision and a fabulous investment for my blog.
Are you wanting to take the plunge to become self-hosted? If you have any questions, I’m more than happy to answer them if I can help!
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