If you follow me on twitter you will know that I recently took the plunge and made being-chloe.com self-hosted! It was a decision that I had been going back and forth with for quite a while but ultimately the freedom of truly owning my own site won me over. I didn’t do much research before going self-hosted but luckily for you, you now don’t have to. Keep reading and I will walk you through how you can make the move in just a few hours using *SiteGround.
Should you take the leap?
Now, of course, you don’t have to go self-hosted! There is absolutely nothing wrong with keeping your wordpress.com or blogger site. You do you, if it works for you, there is no need to change. I ultimately made the decision so that being-chloe.com and all of its content would be mine and not owned by wordpress.com. Going self-hosted has given me the freedom to design my site as to how I wanted it. You can now choose any theme, plugins, widgets etc you want with absolutely no restrictions. You have the option to use google analytics and post advertisements making your site much more credible.
Why I chose Siteground
There are looaaaaads of hosting sites out there, you should choose the site that works for you and nobody else. Do your research and see which company offers you what you need. I chose Siteground as it was one of the cheaper sites I saw, I had heard great things about their customer service and they were recommended by WordPress.
Before taking the leap, I saw posts everywhere saying that going self-hosted was ridiculously easy! And maybe it is… if you’re a tech wizard (I’m not). I didn’t find the process that easy but the good thing is I had SiteGround to help me every step of the way. Their live chat is 24/7 meaning that no matter what hour, you had their support.
The first thing to do is to choose which plan out of the three you would like. I personally decided to go with the StartUp plan which I think is suitable for most blogs out there. If you want to upgrade later, you always have that option! At only £2.75/month it is the cheapest plan (currently heavily discounted), meaning for less than £40 a year you can own your own site! If you don’t already have a domain name (I already had one with WordPress), you will need to buy one either from Siteground or from another website.
The next step is to transfer your wordpress.com site to the self-hosted wordpress.org, which Siteground do for absolutely FREE. You will be provided with a ticket number where you can communicate with Siteground and track the changes. You need to provide the link to the wordpress.com login site, email, and password so that Siteground can make the move. Unfortunately, hosting sites cannot access WordPress’ database and so not everything can be transferred over. Siteground were really transparent about this and instead installed a brand new WordPress application under the Siteground hosting account. All of my posts, pages and comments were transferred with the exception of likes, which I was okay with. To move the followers over, you need to install JetPack, which Siteground did for me so I didn’t need to worry.
You then have to point your domain to Siteground by changing its NS records. This is so easy to do, and Siteground was really helpful on the live chat by providing me with articles. You then wait for the DNS propagation to take place. WordPress state that this takes ~24 hours but for me, I’d say it took around 9 hours. And there you have it, your site is self-hosted!
Your site is now well and truly yours! Go crazy! You can now install any theme you would like, Siteground even helped me do this bit on the live chat even though they didn’t have to! I chose a Pipdig theme as they are so beautiful and responsive! You can customize your site however you like, install widgets and plugins such as Yoast SEO.
If you were on wordpress.com you now need to transfer followers with Jetpack. There are loads of articles online showing you how to do this, it literally took 2 minutes!
And voila, you’re done! The whole process took just over a day (it would probably take less time, but I started at 9pm at night and so was asleep for most of that time). Siteground took care of everything for me, and there was no downtime on my blog at all, I could not recommend this hosting company more!
Despite the help, it can be a little confusing, so if you need any help feel free to message me or a leave a comment below!
Thankyou for reading! Chlo x