How to go Self-Hosted

How to go Self-Hosted

I have recently gone self-hosted with Siteground and would like to share how easy it is! Follow these simple steps and you should be on your way to being self-hosted yourself!

*This post contains affiliate links. These are always the last things added to a post, they do not influence the content. They do help me keep this blog running by helping with hosting costs though!

 

Please note, I am on WordPress. I am not sure how hosting works for Wix or Squarespace sites. If you are on Blogger, Siteground can provide the same service I describe in this post. They can also transfer a Blogger blog to WordPress or vice versa.

 

Going Self-Hosted was something I heard about a lot when I started blogging. I was kind of scared of it though – I had no idea how to do it or what it entailed! All these bloggers had their professional looking blogs that did things mine didn’t. I wanted in. So I have taken the plunge and gone self-hosted, and I love it! And it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be.

Why go Self-Hosted?

To make it easy, I’m going to list the reasons I think it is worth going self-hosted, or even starting your blog self-hosted!

  1. You get the domain name you want; no platform tag! www.blogname.com rather than www.blogname.platformname.com. (Domain names are subject to availability, if it’s taken you can’t have it!)
  2. You have more freedom to customise your blog. Free blogs provide limited plugins, whereas with a self-hosted blog you can download more of them to expand site capabilities.
  3. Theme selections are also limited on free platforms, you can choose any you want when you are self-hosted.
  4. Your blog appears more professional and is more likely to be ranked better in search engine results.
  5. Free platforms limit advertising capabilities which can make it difficult if you want to earn money from your blog.
  6. You have much more space to upload photos and videos – you are limited on free blogs.
  7. You own your blog! A free blog is hosted on someone else’s property and they can take it down whenever they see fit. It has happened! All your hard work, down the toilet…

 

Web Hosting

Why use Siteground?

If you purchase hosting with Siteground* you receive a few things alongside the hosting:

  1. Frequent hosting deals and offers! Hosting for a year can cost you from around £30 a year or less!
  2. If there is a discount at the time you choose to sign up for hosting, it applies for the amount of time you choose – not their longest if you don’t want to commit for that long!
  3. A free domain name registration.
  4. Free site migration. This means that if you have an existing site, it will be moved over to your new site for you. All without breaking any links or ruining anything! You will keep all the same followers, comments, likes etc.!
  5. A free custom email address should you wish. This would be ownchoice@blogname.com
  6. Extremely fast setup! They will also call you if you want to talk you through the process. Personally, I liked to use their live chat as I could ask any questions as and when they came to me throughout the process.
  7. Siteground has up-time of 99.9%! This means the site will almost never be down, meaning you can get on with your blogging without worrying about things out of your control.
  8. I’d like to reiterate how great their live chat is! I still use it probably weekly. If I ever have any questions I can either send a message to them and get a response within a few minutes! Their email support is also great if you aren’t able to hang around.

How to go Self-Hosted!

If you’ve got to this point you’re either interested in going down the Self-Hosted route with Siteground, or you’re extremely loyal. I’m thankful for both!

Quick Tip: I would make sure you either know what domain name you want, or that you have had a brainstorm! You will need to choose your domain name in the Siteground set-up, and bear in mind that your dream domain may already be taken! Have a few ideas on hand.

Choose your Plan.

Siteground Hosting Plans

Picture taken from Siteground. Prices may change!

  • I currently use the StartUp Plan. It is ideal for people with one site.
  • The GrowBig Plan is made for people who have multiple sites and it also improves the speed of the sites.
  • The GoGeek Plan is perfect for people with large e-commerce sites or people who want loads of development options like staging and GIT integration (if you know what those are – I don’t!)

You can always upgrade if you decide the plan you’ve chosen isn’t big enough for you. Plus I’ve heard that they are good at working out a deal that works for you! Their customer service has been great so I can imagine that would be so.

 

Go Ahead and Complete the Order

Siteground Payment Page

Picture taken from Siteground.

Whatever period of hosting you choose, if there is a discount advertised it will apply for that period! Many other hosting platforms will require you to pay for their longest available period of hosting to qualify for their discounts.

 

Aaand you’re done!

That’s it! A couple of clicks and you’re done! You can ask Siteground to migrate your site for free but you will have to give them some of your blog details to do this, including your username and password. This was kinda scary for me but just remember how many people use their services and are happy with them!

I would really appreciate it if you would use my links as this helps me earn a little bit of money, to go towards running my blog! So If you’re interested in going Self-Hosted with Siteground just click any of the links in this post, like this one! Oh and it is at no extra cost to you – it just helps me out!

 

I hope I’ve shed some light on this subject, and answered some questions for you! If you have any more, please do comment below or get in touch via any of my social media accounts! I will try to add to this post as more questions come up, or maybe I should write a ‘Going Self-Hosted FAQ’ post? Whaddya think?

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74 Comments

  1. April 10, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    When you were looking into going self hosted did you consider A2 hosting at all, also? I’m thinking a LOT about self hosted at the minute and the two that are standing out for me right now are A2 and Siteground so I’m trying to read up as much as I can on both. 🙂

    • naomirowan
      April 10, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Hey lovely! I’ve never heard of A2 hosting, but siteground is recommended by so many people which reassured me. I have no regrets at going with siteground! Going self hosted is the best thing I’ve done for my blog!

      • April 11, 2017 / 12:03 am

        Ahh okay. I’ve been seriously considering it and I’ve just been looking at the plans for both now.. Leaning towards Siteground I think. How long did it take them to transfer everything over for you? 🙂

        • naomirowan
          April 11, 2017 / 10:28 am

          I think it took them a day? They kinda did it overnight. They kept me in the know via email though so I knew what was going on

          • April 11, 2017 / 8:07 pm

            Oo that’s really good then. I’ll probably sign up towards the end of this month then ready for my return
            😀 One last question (sorry I’m a pain ha ha), did you get your domain name in with the plan or did you have to pay separately for it? I can’t remember seeing anything about it when I looked on the website.

          • naomirowan
            April 11, 2017 / 8:48 pm

            Yay that’s so exciting! No, ask as many questions as you like! You are offered to get your domain name in the package but I’ve read elsewhere you’re best to get your domain from a reputable company elsewhere. This is because if you then decide to move to a different host at any point, your domain name is always safe as you don’t have to move it!

          • April 12, 2017 / 12:28 am

            Exciting and scary! I have no idea what I’m doing ha ha! Hmm yeah I see what you mean… Did you get yours elsewhere then? I’m about to start looking at domain places now and have come across GoDaddy, I’ve heard a fair amount about them but I can’t remember if it’s good or bad stuff lol!

          • naomirowan
            April 12, 2017 / 4:46 am

            I bought mine separately! And I’ve heard GoDaddy isnt great! I got mine with Name cheap which was recommended – and its been great!

          • April 12, 2017 / 5:24 am

            Thank my stars I have someone who knows what they’re doing ha ha! You’re being a lifesaver right now. All I could remember is that I’d heard of it for some reason. I’ll definitely check out name cheap at some point today, thanks! 😀

          • naomirowan
            April 12, 2017 / 5:39 am

            Haha I’ll do all I can to help! Let me know how you get on!

  2. March 26, 2017 / 7:15 am

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot. I really feel like I want to change to a self-hosted blog. It’s so scary though. Everyone says they were so happy about making the switch, but I’m still nervous. I keep thinking I should just do it…

    • naomirowan
      March 26, 2017 / 9:44 am

      I was like you – I was so terrified something bad would happen. What I can recommend is either emailing or going on the live chat with siteground and asking them ANY and EVERY question you have – no matter how small. I did that and it reassured me a lot. Also it starts a dialogue so it’s easier to contact them if you need to throughout the changeover. Seriously, I wished I had started out self hosted once I had it!

      • March 26, 2017 / 10:03 am

        Thanks for your reply. I should look into the aiteground chat. I feel like I have a pretty good idea of how to do it. I’ve been reading a lot and it seems straight forward enough. I’m just afraid something might go wrong. But also don’t want to wait until my blog is even bigger. I have some more thinking and reading to do but I think I’ll probably do it soon. I just wonder if siteground will call me by phone if I am in Japan…

        • naomirowan
          March 26, 2017 / 11:10 am

          I’m sure you could do everything via email? They never called me!

  3. January 29, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    This is a great post- it’s definitely pushing me closer to ‘just do it already!’ I do have a few questions though: did you lose anything at all? Like images/ links? I heard that I few people did but I’m not sure which site they used! Did you keep your WordPress stats as well? It would be such a shame to lose them at this point! And finally, I’m pretty poor with computers (it took me 4 months to find out how to add widgets and my Twitter feed!) Will I cope with the new stuff at my ability level?

    • naomirowan
      January 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      I didn’t lose anything! I would always chat to them in their live chat first to make sure they know what you want and that they can do it though. If they’ve said it, then they will! I kept my stats as well. Not at first but then I emailed them and they moved them over for me.

      I think you’ll be fine, I actually find it easier because when I started out on unhosted WordPress, I wanted to do certain things and was trying to find how to do them but didn’t realise you couldn’t. If you get what I mean. There are much less limitations, and I regularly go to social media or friends if there’s something I don’t know how to do! You’ll learn as you go!

      • January 30, 2017 / 10:34 pm

        Thanks so much for this- I think I’ll probably take the plunge soon!!

        • naomirowan
          January 30, 2017 / 10:51 pm

          No worries! If you have any more questions I recommend the siteground live chat, and I am always here too!

    • naomirowan
      January 13, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      So glad it helped! Aw that’s so kind, thank you!

  4. January 9, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Bookmarking this for when I go self-hosted later this year!

    • naomirowan
      January 9, 2017 / 5:09 pm

      So exciting! Are you on twitter? I’d love to keep in touch!

      • January 13, 2017 / 7:01 pm

        Yes I’m over at @retroandthrift. Think we were chatting the other day!

        • naomirowan
          January 13, 2017 / 7:05 pm

          Oh yes, I remember! How are you doing?

  5. January 8, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    I’ve been debating going self hosted for a while! I can’t believe how easy it is! I thought it would be so complicated!
    So happy I read this post, I’ve been looking for one for a while that explains it all!

    Kt x
    (peachyqueen.co.uk)

    • naomirowan
      January 9, 2017 / 7:34 pm

      It really is easy, and affordable – through Siteground anyway!

  6. January 5, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    Just gone self hosted thanks to a friend and I’m absolutely loving it! Really informative post 🙂

    • naomirowan
      January 5, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      It’s really fab isn’t it? Thanks for reading. xx

    • naomirowan
      January 5, 2017 / 1:07 pm

      All my WordPress followers were transferred over! And comments etc. Feel free to ask as many questions as you like! xx

      • January 5, 2017 / 1:12 pm

        Oh that’s great! I’m kinda tempted to do it but I don’t know cause I know that you can also do it through WordPress and not another website (if that makes sense) xx

        • naomirowan
          January 5, 2017 / 1:16 pm

          It’s recommended to do it through a different site, do you wanna chat about this through twitter, instagram or email? Pop me a message, I’m sure I know of some posts which can help explain! xx

          • January 5, 2017 / 1:19 pm

            Okay, sure I’d love to! xx

  7. Rachael Elizabeth
    January 4, 2017 / 9:59 pm

    i’m new to blogging and not able to go self hosted yet, but this is such an in depth and informative post that’ll be my saviour in the future

    • naomirowan
      January 4, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Please feel free to leave me your blog link – I’d love to take a look! Going self hosted seems like such a massive step which would need a lot of work, but it is actually really easy, and so worth-while! You’ll love it when you do! I’m so glad this is helpful! Thanks for dropping by! x

  8. January 3, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    I recently went self hosted and am still getting used to it all – Like using Google Analytics and installing themes etc. I went with Bluehost, but it seems quite complicated!
    I do agree I am getting to do a lot more with my blog, I just need to work out what I really want from it!

    • naomirowan
      January 3, 2017 / 7:04 pm

      Me too, I still prefer the WordPress analytics to Google, I can’t seem to work out how to see how many views you’ve had in a day etc like on WordPress! I heard a few negative reviews of blue host, but in sure there are many too who have no issues! I find siteground very simple, and they are always quick to reply to any questions via email.

      I’m thinking of monetising my blog. Quite how yet I’m not sure, but being self hosted allows me to consider it!

      Thanks for reading! x

      • January 3, 2017 / 7:17 pm

        I am with you- I much prefer the wordpress simps to use ones which you can’t seem to use when you go self hosted or I’ve not worked it out yet! I am getting their with google. I have set up google ads and have so far earned about 30p! Whoop! I maybe doing it wrong! Need to read up on that too!

        • naomirowan
          January 3, 2017 / 7:21 pm

          Yaaaay! I’ve heard it’s hard to make even 30p on Google or Amazon ads or whatever unless you get millions of page views a month so we’ll done you! Haha! I’m thinking maybe affiliates… So far I’ve made £60 from one. Worth looking into!

          • January 3, 2017 / 7:24 pm

            Is that with Amazon? Like posting links to sites and getting money if people buy? Yeah I need to look into that more. I always feel a bit funny putting links like that up – but i suppose people will buy the products anyway!
            Yeah I told my husband and mum if they ever see an ad on my page to click it haha! I might be able to afford a Freddo!

          • naomirowan
            January 3, 2017 / 7:40 pm

            Nope that is with my siteground link. Yeah that’s what affiliates are though. Me too, but I think as long as you keep true to yourself and don’t make a post just because of affiliates your good. If you would be writing the post or promoting the product anyway then it’s fine!
            Haha Freddos will be £2 before we know it!

          • January 3, 2017 / 7:41 pm

            Ooh I need to look into this then! I also want to collab. with some more brands.

  9. January 1, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    Hey Naomi, congrats on going self-hosted :)) Have not thought much about it for myself yet, but this definitely helps put it into perspective. And don’t worry I’m about to click on a bunch of the links so you can hopefully get something out of it :)) (p.s. here from #bloggerspromohour) Happy 2017!

    • naomirowan
      January 4, 2017 / 9:58 pm

      Hiya Jess! Thank you – it’s such an exciting move! I blogged because I loved it, but now I feel like I enjoy it that much more because I can make it look how I want! Does that make sense? Haha thank you! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! Happy New Year!

  10. January 1, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I went self-hosted last year and so far so good, but I wish I’d had this post to refer to back then. I had to just muddle through by myself!

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      That was one of the reasons I wrote this post! I wished I’d had a post like this when I was doing it. OK, there were loads of posts that helped me, but I didn’t get all the information I wanted in one post. Not to say that this does that for everyone, but if it helps someone I’m happy!

  11. January 1, 2017 / 9:00 pm

    Being self hosted is much more liberating I’ve found, and not as complicated as I once thought!

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      It’s much less scary once you actually commit and start the process, I think it’s the ‘what if’s that make it scary! So much more freedom.

  12. January 1, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Any post on blogging is fine by me. I am already self-hosting after spending only a short time blogging. It’s the best way forward and has kept me motivated.

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 9:00 pm

      I love writing posts that may help people! If I knew how good it would be and how easy it would be to change, I would have gone self hosted months ago!

  13. January 1, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    I really want to self host this year because of the many reasons you and others have said! I just feel weird giving my details over but it probably is worth it! loved this post! x

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      It has made me enjoy blogging even more as my blog looks much more how I want it to and it feels so much more professional! It did feel weird, but these people have no bad feedback so I dont think you have to worry – they’re pros! Good luck if you do!

      • January 1, 2017 / 9:49 pm

        I just did and in fact I brought a theme a little while ago from pipdig.co and because it’s self hosted I brought the hosting, just waiting for my content to get migrated! x

  14. saarwalkingthroughthepages
    January 1, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    I kinda wish I had this post around when I went self hosted – it was terrifying! 🙂

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Me too, I did find information but it was so split up and I had to pick things from different posts. That’s why I thought I would write a post that I would have found helpful when I was considering taking the plunge!

  15. January 1, 2017 / 8:32 pm

    I went self hosted this year and it’s honestly one of the best things that I have done! I feel like I’ve been able to do so much with my blog x

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Isn’t it such a great feeling? You can do SO much more! I feel even more proud of my blog now!

  16. January 1, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    i’m too scared to self host!

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 8:56 pm

      Oh really? Any reason in particular? It gives you way more freedom but there are always clear instructions online on how to do anything! Feel free to send me a message!

  17. January 1, 2017 / 12:44 am

    Thanks for sharing some great tips.

    • naomirowan
      January 1, 2017 / 12:46 am

      I’m glad you found them helpful! Thanks for reading!

  18. December 30, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    I want to go self-hosted however, I have only just started out so I will wait a little first before spending money on my blog. But, I will remember this for future reference X

    • naomirowan
      December 30, 2016 / 8:48 pm

      Of course, it took me a while to take the plunge, but for the price I definitely wish I’d done it sooner!

  19. December 30, 2016 / 4:17 pm

    One of my goals for 2017 is to go self hosted – I was looking at doing it through WordPress. I would much prefer to be self hosted but because my blog doesn’t have a huge following (only around 240 at current) I’ve always been a bit anxious of taking the leap! I’m going to try do it though!!

  20. December 29, 2016 / 4:46 am

    I have decided to move forward with my blog from this blog post, it has really helped, although there are many things I still need to figure out this post has definitely helped in solving my next step. It would mean so much if you could give some feedback on my blog. Love your blog xo Imhayleydotcom@gmail.com

    http://imhayley.com

    • naomirowan
      December 29, 2016 / 6:22 am

      That’s so exciting! It’s such a bug and scary step to take, but I’m sure you’ll wonder what all the fuss was about once its done! I’ll take a look and get in touch. Thank you for reading xx

  21. December 27, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    I’ve just taken the plunge thanks to this blog post – you made it look so much easier than I thought! Thank-you x

    • naomirowan
      December 28, 2016 / 7:30 am

      Oh wow, yay! That’s so exciting! Please do keep in touch, via social media or by email: naomi.r.c@outlook.com I’d love to hear how you get on or any questions you may have! You’re going to be able to do SO much more! x

  22. December 20, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    I loved this! I’m just waiting on Siteground migrating my site from WordPress hosted to self hosted and I’m so excited. Reading this has just reassured me that it was the right thing to do! (It’s always a worry when you sink money into something!)

    X

    adalovelacex.co.uk

    • naomirowan
      December 21, 2016 / 12:17 am

      It’s so exciting, isn’t it? You’re gonna love it – it was so scary at the time. So worth it though!

  23. December 15, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I went self hosting at the beginning of the year an its the best thing I did with my blog!

    Charlotte x

    shillysossage.co.uk

    • naomirowan
      December 15, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Yaaaay! I was hesitant but it is so good! Thanks for reading x

    • naomirowan
      December 13, 2016 / 4:53 pm

      There’s so much more you can do to make your blog yours!

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