Going Self Hosted: Experience & Tips

Making the Decision

Trying to decide whether now was the right time to go self hosted was difficult. I have, like a lot of you, been thinking of going self hosted for a while. But how do you know if it will be worth it? Putting in all that work, when you could just stay with WordPress.com or Blogger. It is a difficult decision to make, I’m not going to lie to you. One thing I do know though, is how long are you going to be asking yourself, is now the right time? Like a lot of things in life, we could ask ourselves that for years, if we don’t take the chance.

I had been contemplating it for months, since my blog hit 3,000 followers. I knew I had a good base there and lots of amazing loyal readers. I knew starting in the new year was the right time for me, but its completely different for everyone. It was time to focus more on my blog and one way to do that, is to put your money into it. That’s exactly what I decided to do! So lets talk about what happens after you make the decision.

Where To Start With Research?

It’s very important to do some research before you decide to just go with the first one you see. I had looked up lots of different blog posts of other bloggers who had migrated to self hosted. That’s when I discovered Pipdig. And what an amazing discovery that was! If you’ve never heard of Pipdig, they are an online business that sell themes for both WordPress and Blogger blogs. Not only do they sell themes but they also handle the whole process of moving your blog from .com to .org! If you have your blog on blogger, they also migrate that over to wordpress.org, if you want to switch. They take care of it all for you. And I am honestly so thankful that I found them!

Pipdig work with Siteground to give their customers a discount. Siteground is a hosting platform, which is essential for a blog to go self hosted. The deal was too good to pass up, so I decided to take the offer..

Process & Pricing

The process was actually very simple, quick and easy from my end.  All I had to do was buy a theme with Pipdig and that was not hard to do as they are all amazing. The hardest thing to do was trying to choose the one that I liked the best. I decided on one and bought it straight away. Each of their themes cost €49. Which isn’t too expensive, blog themes tend to cost around that mark no matter where you buy them.

The next step was to go onto the Siteground website, through the link that is on the Pipdig website, to make sure that you can avail of the discount they have. There are different levels depending on how much traffic your blog has. I decided to go for the middle option which was just over €6 per month. Honestly that is amazing! But do be aware that they do add on VAT afterwards so for the year mine came to €100. I was happy to pay that as it is for a whole year and my blog is constantly growing which I’m so thankful for! <3

So altogether it cost me €149, for both the theme and the hosting. After both were purchased, I filled out the form for the migration on the Pipdig website. Within 24 hours I had received an email to say that my blog had been completely transferred over to wordpress.org. It was that quick!

Final Thoughts

I honestly can’t recommend Siteground and Pipdig enough! If you are thinking of going self hosted, I would definitely take the plunge. If you are looking to have more control on your blog and really make it yours, then I would definitely recommend the process. If you are still not sure whether you are serious about your blog or don’t have the time to take care of it, it might be a better idea to stay with wordpress.com. Its not much more work but working with SEO is always going to take up time, its just part of the process. But in saying that, that are a lot more good and positive things about wordpress.org that wordpress.com doesn’t offer.

I hope you all liked this post and if you have any questions, be sure to leave them below in the comments. See you in my next post.

Thank you for reading,