Going Self-Hosted

Going Self-Hosted

Hey guys!!

As I think everyone knows now, my blog has had a huge change!

So I have been thinking of doing this for a while but I was never sure of taking the leap of faith. But as a present, for my birthday, my parents said that they could pay the first year. And well yah! It has been an amazing experience and I love how my blog looks now!

I’m not good with explications but I’ll try!

WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

So the first question you have to ask yourself is what is the difference between wordpress.com and wordpress.org? My parents asked me this and I wasn’t sure on how to answer that at first. To be honest I thought that it was kind of the same thing but turns out it isn’t!

So WordPress.com is a site where you can create your own website. The blog will be located on their server but when you have the free plan your website comes with Rosinalee.WordPress.com. And you can only take it away if you pay. At first, I thought that meant going Self-Hosted but turns out, after a bit of research, that you can’t install your own themes or change a lot with the website. I think that WordPress.com is a great site if you want to start a blog and I know a lot of bloggers that use it. I absolutely loved it myself but when you want to go a bit further than a bit of customising then it is not the right option.

After doing research I also found out that WordPress.org is not the same thing as WordPress.com. WordPress.org is only a piece of software. Basically, your blog isn’t stored on their server (well not in the same way as wordpress.com). So you have to find your own host.

With WordPress.org, you can literally change anything. Down to the HTLM if you want. You can install plugins and themes. I haven’t done much yet but the freedom that you get customising is AMAZING!

What host?

I was reading posts by other bloggers about hosts (I recommend reading Tilly’s post!) and I saw SiteGround a lot. So I decided to check it out. The prices at first seemed a bit high but I later looked at other hosts and the average price and it’s actually really good. All the reviews said that it had amazing support and I was quite intrigued by that. Those reviews were definitely NOT lying! Their support is flipping fantastic!! They have a 24/7 live chat and to be honest at first it seemed a bit weird talking to strangers but I quickly came over that because their help was NEEDED! I know a fair bit about computers but I suck at HTML and I had never done this before. My Dad was also amazing and was a HUGE help! There were a few problems (that word is perhaps a bit overdramatic), but after the process, I couldn’t figure out how to transfer my followers and yet again, the live chat saved me!

I can’t really compare Siteground to any other host but I would definitely recommend it!

New theme

So now that I’m not on wordpress.com anymore, the limits are endless! You can find the perfect theme for you and can really experiment! For themes, I would recommend PipDig. Their themes are so pretty and I really love them! They are a bit pricey though. Their themes are for Blogger and WordPress so you can definitely find something for you (well if you are on one of these platforms obviously XD).

My opinion

If you are hesitating to go self-hosted, I would definitely recommend it although it can be a bit scary and you do need to think about the price. It also depends if you think that you want to continue blogging. If you aren’t sure about continuing then I would rather wait a while because as I said, it isn’t cheap.

And that was my post on Self-Hosting! I hope I could help you a bit to take the leap of faith!

XOXO, Rosie <3

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21 Comments

  1. 5th April 2017 / 6:28 pm

    YESSS! I went self-hosted and it’s honestly one of the best things I’ve done for my blog! I;’m absolutely loving your design btw!x

  2. 5th April 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Omg, Congrats – i’m going to email you with all my thoughts because I don’t want this comment to be an essay! Can’t have your new site cluttered with all my comments 🙂 Great advice for people moving from .com to .org!

    • 5th April 2017 / 6:39 pm

      Aww thank you so so much! xxx

  3. 5th April 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Your blog looks so good! This definitely made me consider one day going self-hosted!

  4. 5th April 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Congratulations! I really want to go self-hosted but I don’t have a lot of money to invest in my blog just yet. Your blog looks amazing!

  5. 5th April 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I did a lot of research on this about a month ago, wondering if I should go self hosted, but then I decided that it would be better if my blog had enough traffic to start a self hosted blog. Congrats on this!

    • 5th April 2017 / 7:44 pm

      Also how did you transfer your WordPress.com followers to your WordPress.org site? I can still like your post, and get notifications on you replying to my comment, even when you’re on the self hosted site.

      • 6th April 2017 / 5:19 am

        Well you have to install Thebes jet pack plugin on your new blog then you can transfer all the followers but there is a good article on that (I can’t remember the link though)

    • 6th April 2017 / 5:18 am

      Yes I agree and thanks ! Xx

    • 7th April 2017 / 10:09 pm

      Thanks so much !!! I’ll read the post tomorrow as I’m not at home right now xxx

      • 8th April 2017 / 11:20 am

        You’re welcome! No problem, I look forward to reading your post! 💕

  6. 26th April 2017 / 11:29 am

    just the post I was looking for!! I had the same question asked by my parents, and my uncle explained a lot to me but a lot of the words still go over my head haha 😀 thanks for the post!! <3 <3 xx
    p.s. ur blog looks AMAZING

    • 26th April 2017 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks so much Lui!!❤❤

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