The blog journey: going self hosted

Thinking about going self hosted with your blog but looking for some tips and advice? In this post I talk you through everything you need to go from a ‘.wordpress.com’ website to your very own domain. It’s super easy to follow and I’ll always be happy to help if you have any questions!

going self hosted

What made me want to go self hosted?

After blogging for just under 6 months I made the decision to go self hosted which means I have my own webspace and domain (basically ditching the wordpess.com at the end of my blog website; you’ll be dearly missed – NAAAAT!)

My decision to go self-hosted was a mix of everything and if you’re thinking of taking the plunge yourself you should ask yourself a set of key questions to see if now is the right time:  Are you dedicated to your blog? Are you wanting more control over the appearance of your blog? Is it something you will be committed to in the next year at least? If the answers to all of these are YES, then self hosted may be right for you! I’ve had quite a few questions asking about my transition from wordpress.com to self hosted so I’m going through my process and decisions to help anyone who is thinking of making the same steps.

The Host:
If you’ve looked into going self hosted then you’ll know just how many hosts are available GoDaddy, Bluehost, iPage and JustHost to name a few however I decided to go with LCN.com after recommendations from my university lecturer who has a PHD and is a doctor in programming/computer engineering. LCN.com is based in the UK (which is best for UK and US users) so if you need help, you won’t be passed onto someone in India that you can’t understand, they’re quick to answer emails too. Also, after purchasing web space and a domain name, there are no hidden costs that I found with other service providers; be sure to check hosts plans as a cheaper deal means something is likely to be hidden!

The Price:
I went with the standard web hosting package here (this is suitable for personal blogs) plus a domain name here (you can chose from .co.uk/.com/.org etc)
So, I pay the equivalent to about £3 a month which isn’t at all bad to have control of EVERYTHING; I’d like to re-emphasise that LCN.com has NO hidden costs, that’s it – don’t like it? you can cancel it within 30 days with no hassle.
*If you are interested in getting LCN.com, leave your name and email address in the comments, I can then refer you to the server and you get a month free on your package*

Moving An Existing Blog Over to Self-Hosted:
I had a wordpress.com site and expected it to be quite a hassle but following this tutorial I was able to export my old blog and imported it into my new blog within 15 minutes, LCN.com has a wordpress one-click install so you can access wordpress.org and get going straight away!

Customisation/Themes:
The biggest benefit of having a self hosted website is that you can edit your blog to however you want it to look; no restrictions and it’s so easy. If you know a bit of coding (HTML and CSS then you can go crazy, or you can find easy-to-follow tutorials online to get it EXACTLY how you want!) Upload themes, chose premium themes, chose custom fonts, chose colours and plugins that you can’t get on free websites and so if you want this kind of control then going self-hosted is for you. I love it, it’s easy to chop and change and integrate everything to your blog  which means you can increase traffic, SEO etc extremely easily. This is definitely one of my favourite things about going self hosted!

Existing Followers:
If you are moving from wordpress.com to self hosted, you can migrate your followers by following this tutorial. If you contact Bloglovin’ support they’ll do the same which means the audience you have will seamlessly migrate to your new site (Bloglovin’ takes a few days) so don’t worry you can keep your followers and your followers can still keep up with your blog without having to change a thing – WIN!

Are you looking into going self hosted? Do you have any questions about migrating? Be sure to comment below!

Amy x

 

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