Going Self Hosted Help – Advice?

2018 Blogging Goals

Hello beauties! I recently realized that my WordPress Premium account is about to expire and I’m weighing my options. Lately I’ve been feeling constricted in what I can do with my blog and the theme options available to me. I want to take blogging seriously, and though I don’t intend to make it a full time job I would love to be able to take advantage of SEO tools that are only available to business plans.

I know a fair amount of you have gone to self hosted and I’m wondering if you thought it was worth it and if you guys have any tips/recommendations of the best way to go about it.  I’ve been looking at Bluehost, but I’m unsure what plan to go with. Any insights would be VERY appreciated! Please, if you guys have time comment below or feel free to email me @ alwayscleia.com@gmail.com! Thanks loves!

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  1. m4gical
    January 8, 2018 / 11:50 am

    I’ve heard siteground are meant to be really good, I was thinking about going self hosted as i thinks it’s cheaper. I’m currently only on the personal plan and it’s starting to aggravate me the fact I can only use the WordPress themes. But good look I think you should do it, you’ll get your stats/ following back if they drop x x

    • January 8, 2018 / 12:28 pm

      I’m leaning towards siteground, I’ve been hearing all good things about them. That personal plan isn’t actually very cheap is it? It costs the same as a small self hosting plan 😕

      • m4gical
        January 8, 2018 / 1:02 pm

        I know tell me about it, I was on the verge of just going selfhosted but thought I’d do that when my blog grows more but I’m so mixed about what to do so I’ll leave it a bit. Let me know how it goes becoming self hosted 🙂 x x

        • January 8, 2018 / 6:30 pm

          That was my thinking, I wanted to wait another year before self hosting but since I’m not making any money off my content currently it shouldn’t make much of a difference to me. Also I’ve had lots of problems with my blog editor not working properly. I can’t change the colours of links in my post without using coding in my theme customizer. The feature broke a year after starting my blog and the WP chat line couldn’t fix my issue. I’m hoping self hosting will let me fix the look of my blog. I’ll let you know how it goes, I’m planning on switching in February!

  2. January 8, 2018 / 6:02 am

    Hey Cleia, I’m using Siteground and have a few posts about my experience and everything else.. You can always DM me on instagram if you have any questions or concerns, I’ll be happy to help x

    • January 8, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      I’m leaning towards siteground! Everyone is telling me its great. I’ll go read your posts about the switch! Thanks Siyana! 😁

  3. lifeofangela
    January 8, 2018 / 12:12 am

    Hey! I’m agreeing with a few other bloggers and recommending Siteground! They made the process easier, and did the actual moving of the blog to the new site for me, for free! Well it was part of the plan. Their support team is also lovely.
    The dip in stats is so weird, and kind of disheartening. Once you jump ship to self-hosted, your past posts don’t tend to be in the reader, so new people can’t find you by your old posts. I think that may be part of the reason for the dip. But, as you continue writing and posting, it builds up again, and stats will pick back up. In my experience, it took around a month for that to start happening. But that’s just me 🙂
    I definitely recommend it though! There’s more for me to do with my site, and I own all the content I’m posting 😀

  4. Nazar Bedi
    January 7, 2018 / 11:16 pm

    Why is it that stats drop after you go self hosted? I’ve never heard that, and am interested in making the switch to self hosted too so that would be good info to know!

    • January 7, 2018 / 11:19 pm

      I’ve heard it from a few people.
      I think it really depends where your following comes from. A lot of bloggers starting out on wordpress.com get their main following from the wordpress reader and it’s my understanding that with wordpress.org you no longer get reader traffic aside from your current followers who are subscribed.

  5. Melina
    January 7, 2018 / 6:17 pm

    I use blue host, and I had absolutely no issues, the customer service is super helpful! I used the 2.95 a month for three years, so it’s $99 for three years! If you have any questions, let me know xxx


    • January 7, 2018 / 11:02 pm

      Bluehost is one of the only hosting services I had heard of before today, it looks pretty reputable. and $99 is so good!! To renew my premium account with wordpress for just one year it’s $120CAD which I think is too little for the amount of control you get. I’m a little bit worried about the drop in my stats once I make the switch but I think it’s better now than later. Thank you for your input! xx

      • Melina
        January 8, 2018 / 9:54 am

        If you have any questions, let me know! xx
        I’ve heard great things about siteground also, so maybe compare the two and see which one fits your needs better?

        • January 8, 2018 / 12:33 pm

          I’ll use your link if I decide to go with bluehost! I definitely need to compare the two sites and see what will be best for me. I’m planning on making the switch in February when my current plans expires

  6. January 7, 2018 / 5:57 pm

    I’m definitely going to be creeping in the background of the comments of this post to share in the tips you get 😂 hehe

    This definitely seems to be a hot button topic, so I hope you get some helpful information!

    • January 7, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      haha! Creep all you want, I’ve been wondering about the switch for a while now.
      I think it’s actually cheaper for me to switch to wordpress.org than it is to renew my premium account over and over…

      • January 7, 2018 / 11:40 pm

        Yeah I’m still on a free account.. lol gonna run out of storage soon 😭

        • January 7, 2018 / 11:43 pm

          haha yeah the storage runs out pretty quickly for the free plan, especially when using a lot of photos in your posts!

  7. January 7, 2018 / 4:21 pm

    I just wrote a post about the scare tactics that make bloggers go self hosted when it’s really not necessary. Just a heads up, just because you can add a SEO plug in does not mean you will get more organic searches. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me on my blog or on Facebook.

    • January 7, 2018 / 10:49 pm

      I’ll check it out, thanks Elena!
      I’ve heard that it’s still not easy to get traffic once you go self hosted but for the features I want It seems to be cheaper to go self hosted than purchasing another year of Premium at $120CAD 🙁 Heading over to your blog post!

  8. January 7, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    I recommend siteground. I was with inmotion hosting first but there were technical issues with them that I couldn’t fix. Siteground talk you through the entire process and makes it as simple as possible. They tell you what plan is right according to your following. You are also lucky that you have premium, because you can go on WordPress chat and ask them to do your transfer for you.
    Overall, I love self hosted. Your stats will drop for quite a few months though and you have to really push and utilize social-media to gain your following. You need the time to spend on it.
    Also, I ended up buying a theme for about £14. I wasn’t a fan of the WordPress.org free themes. So it’s worth having a look what’s out there. I spent around £100 in total for the year. To me it was worth it but be prepared for stat losses and time. 🙂 I hope that was helpful.

    • January 7, 2018 / 10:47 pm

      I’ve never heard of siteground before, thanks for recommending them! I have heard that your stats drop once you go to self hosted, but it’s better now than later I think. I’ll definitely have to look into themes. Thank you so much for taking the time to answer me! xx Cleia

  9. January 7, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    I also recommend Siteground I have had such a positive experience with them. They have a 24/7 chatline so if your up in the dead of night and have a question you need to ask then they are there to help. Which I have needed to use plenty of times. They handle the swap over for you and it is a stress free move to make when they sort things out.

    I’ve written two blog posts about my journey from when I first made the switch to going self hosted and my experience using Siteground many months later. It might help out with any questions you have.

    1. http://adellbaker.com/2017/08/30/going-self-hosted/
    2. http://adellbaker.com/2017/11/12/what-i-learnt-going-self-hosted-100-day-update/

    Siteground even tweeted about the second blog post as a means of helping other people. – https://twitter.com/SiteGround/status/933359417197826050

    If you have any questions feel free to drop a message and I can help you out as best as I can.

    Adell x


    • January 7, 2018 / 10:59 pm

      Thank you so much Adell! I read both of your posts, siteground sounds really great for my needs.
      Did you notice a drop in your stats for a while when you made the switch, ie follows, traffic, etc?
      I saw that the likes on each post don’t transfer which is annoying but not the end of the world for me.

      • January 8, 2018 / 4:34 am

        Honestly my stats have only ever gone up. It took about a week but because I made my blog WordPress friendly I still get a lot of traffic from the WordPress reader, I gained a lot of followers after switching, but once again it’s being WordPress friendly. So make a button for people to follow you on there. The likes are only the real issue and it’s the most annoying but I’m getting the same amount of likes as I did previously.

        • January 8, 2018 / 12:26 pm

          That’s good to hear! I was planning on keeping the follow button for WordPress, I always follow with the reader instead of email sign ups. Thanks!

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