Why I Moved to a Self-Hosted Blog Platform

When I started my blog in 2017, I started as basic as I could. I knew if I tried to over complicate it and make it perfect, I’d let it go and likely wouldn’t be sitting here writing this for you today.

This site has taken on a few different looks and personalities, all of them slightly elevating themselves from the one before. The most recent, however, was moving over to a self-hosted site. I was very worried about this transition, as it meant that maintaining my web presence was all on me. Yikes.

Since I had saved some money to prepare for this, I am going to share with you the quick and less painless option of moving to a self-hosted site. I realize this option doesn’t always work for everyone, so know that it is possible to do this yourself, with help from your current hosting platform and LOTS of DIY blogs that walk you through the process. I will share some resources I found at the end of this post.

STEP 1: Know your platform. I was on a business plan on wordpress.com, so switching to wordpress.org and self-hosting wasn’t super painful.

STEP 2: Decide if you want to re-design anything. Now is the opportunity to make your blog what you want it to be, so if you want to get creative, do it! I connected with Abby Saylor to design some fun elements for me to take my blog to the next level. She is affordable and willing to work with people, so reach out to her with your ideas so she can give you an estimate. I loved working with her and she implemented the design on my blog for me as well!

STEP 3: This coincides with step 2, but if you want to change your template, now is the time as well. Abby recommended PipDig to me, and because they only design templates for wordpress.org, they offer FREE migration services with the purchase of their template. The one I bought was about $70, and honestly worth every penny because they migrated my site with NO ISSUES in 2-3 days. Time is money, and having an expert help me transfer really saved me, especially because I am so limited on time.

STEP 4: Hosting! You still need a hosting service for your domain. BlueHost is a great and affordable option, along with SiteGround. Pipdig has a plan with SiteGround, so I decided to go with them for hosting. Self-hosting is saving me $100 a year compared to a business plan with wordpress.com, so I’m happy with that.

All in all, this process including re-design took about 3-4 weeks. I initially wasn’t going to transfer my site, but through the process decided it would be the best option for me to get what I wanted out of the template/design. Depending on how much you have to overhaul, I would pad this timing with an extra week or one less week.

RESOURCES:

Below are some resources I found along the way to help you with this process. I’m so much happier with the look of my blog and how easy it is to navigate and have control over. If you have any questions along the way, please reach out and I am happy to help!

WordPress Beginner How to Guide

IsItWP Guide

The Blog Starter

Xoxo,

Heather

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