Going Self Hosted! Experience and Mini Q&A! ♡

Hey everyone, ♡

Welcome back to my blog! Today’s post is going to be all about my experience of going self hosted with my blog. I am also going to be answering some questions that I had about it, so if you are interested then carry on reading.

So, I have been blogging for over two years now, and suddenly last year I noticed lots of people had changed their blogs to .com or .co.uk etc and saying they had gone ‘self hosted’, not understanding what it meant, so I dmed a few of them and they all responded and explained to me. I then did some of my own research online and found some articles and delved through. I then realised that this was the path I needed to go in, I had fully outgrown the kind of old WordPress blog and decided that self hosted would be the better fresher option.

So a definition I have found of self hosted is this: ‘self hosting is the act of having your website totally under your control. This can include you managing all whole aspects of it, from setting up the web server to installing software, to simply managing your weblog software like WordPress.’

I then decided to ask a few of my favourite bloggers who had gone self hosted from WordPress, what websites they had used for a theme and the actual self hosted plan. Siteground popped up a lot when I asked and Pipdig for a theme. Siteground was what I decided to go with in the end and I purchased the start up plan for £2.95 a month, which I paid for fully for 12 months and then I also got the domain ownership for one year and that was £12.95 for a year. I do know that for your first year you get a discount, so next year I would be paying more than £2.95 a month but that’s okay.

I am a very impatient person but I knew as I don’t have a job and I had other priorites to spend my pocket money on that I would have to wait. I knew that Christmas and my birthday would be my only time that I could afford it, so as soon as Christmas was over, I put my money in the bank and purchased the Siteground plan with no trouble at all.

I had been looking through the Pipdig themes for months and I finally decided on the Blossom theme, which I think represents me and my blog perfectly. Also, I had been asking some people on Twitter about what they used and Pipdig tweeted me saying they could handle the whole process for me as long as I followed the steps on the link they gave me. I was over the moon at this point because I am no tech genius as most of you know, so having the help was a great boost to actually go forward and do it.

They work with siteground to do it all for you. If you are on WordPress and thinking of going self hosted the link is here: https://www.pipdig.co/wordpress-setup/

So after purchasing the Siteground plan, I went to purchase the theme from Pipdig and my order failed, not just once so many times. So I decided to tweet Pipdig support and they were very quick to reply and helpful telling me my card had been blocked by my bank, I was so annoyed so if you have never purchased anything from Pipdig before on your card, just be wary that your card might get blocked, probably not but it can happen. So the next day, I went into my bank and they were also super helpful, the fraud department were blocking my card obviously suspecting that it wasn’t me making the payment, but it got sorted very quickly, so then I could finally purchase my theme!

After that, I just filled in the form that is linked above and then it was a waiting game. I sent it all off on the 28th December and they said it could take up to 5 days but normally it was quicker. I was so surprised and happy to see an email in my inbox on Saturday 30th evening saying it was done. I then spent the whole night, adding widgets, plugins and just the final pieces for my website.

Obviously, you can do it yourself but if you are less confident like me Pipdig are a great help!

Siteground: https://www.siteground.co.uk/wordpress-hosting.htm

https://www.siteground.co.uk/

Pipdig: https://www.pipdig.co/

So now on to the questions:

How much was it?

It came to £55.14 for the year plan with my domain and cover and then the theme was £49, so altogether £104.14 but then you never have to purchase the theme again, just pay for the plan once the year is up.

When did you decide you wanted to take the step?

Probably in the summer holidays, I knew I needed to do something new with my blog and just jump in!

Do you think it was worth the money?

Yes definitely, I have had so many compliments and now being self hosted I am more appealing to brands and can use GoogleAdsense which by the way isn’t the reason I blog for, these are just added bonuses. I blog because I love it!

What made you decide to go self hosted?

Partly the fact that I wanted something new, a change and also so that I would have a lot more media space for photos etc.

That is it for today’s post. I hope it enjoyed and can help some of you out!

Love,

Eden xx

32 Comments

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 6:13 pm

      Thanks so much Abby means a lot lovely! 💗xx

  1. February 15, 2018 / 6:20 pm

    Self hosted really does interest me! I feel as though this summer I will see about doing it through siteground as i’ll Have the whole time after my GCSEs to play around with my new blog & get to grips with it. The service pipdig offer sounds really great; i’ll Most certainly be using them if I do go self hosted. Also, I need more media space for pictures as my space is slowly creeping up to 60% and soon there will be none! I have a couple of questions about it though; have your stats for your blog gone down since you’ve been self hosted? Also, is your blog still run via wordpress, like do you have the wordpress app and can you acces your blog through that? Is the post writing interface the same as with a wordpress.com blog? Do people still follow your blog via wordpress? I’ve always been confused as to whether or not the self hosted blog actually moves away from the wordpress interface and all it’s features like replying to comments through it, although I’m sure not.

    Your blog looks lovely Eden, and I’m super jel that you’re self hosted because I just don’t exactly have the guts to do it yet!

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Soph. So yes I still have the app and my views went back down to zero which was disheartening but they are slowly growing again! You can still use the WordPress app and people can still like and follow you through WordPress! When writing posts on a laptop it is slightly different set up and no spell check if there is I still haven’t worked out how to get it aha. Let me know if there are any more questions! I hope this post helped! Can’t wait for true future of your blog! Xx

      • February 15, 2018 / 6:27 pm

        That’s disappointing with the views! I feel as though I’ve got my views in a really good place & I’d be so annoyed if they shrank back down😅but yay for them growing! I suppose it’s all down to how much & how well you promote your blog. I’m still not sure as to whether or not I’ll go self hosted; I mostly want to do it for the chance to change my URL (if you can even do that when you move!) because I’m definitely not that much of a zalfiefanatic anymore, and I’m preferring the name Love, Soph way more😂I’m going to need to do loads more research on it, but I’m hoping it’s something I end up doing in the future😅❤️

        • everythingedenblogs
          Author
          February 15, 2018 / 6:28 pm

          Yeh you can xx

          • February 16, 2018 / 9:50 am

            I had the exact same questions as Soph and have had the same idea of maybe going self hosted this summer. Thank you Eden for answering Sophs questions because it’s also helped me out a lot x

          • everythingedenblogs
            Author
            February 16, 2018 / 9:51 am

            That’s okay glad it helped thanks for reading x

  2. February 15, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    love this and im so excited for more xxx

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 6:44 pm

      Yay love you babes thanks so much for reading xx

  3. February 15, 2018 / 7:14 pm

    Your blog looks so gorgeous, I love the theme! xx

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks so much xx

  4. February 15, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    This was so, so helpful!! Thank you for sharing xx

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      Aw thank you for reading! Glad it’s helpful! Xx

  5. February 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I am planning on going self-hosted this summer, and have bookmarked this post to come back to it so i can use it. The walk-through was great, and I loveeee how your blog looks 🙂

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks so much so glad this has helped you! Love your blog aswell! 😍xx

  6. February 15, 2018 / 10:26 pm

    I remember when I went self hosted last year! It was definitely a big leap out of my comfort zone from my wordpress.com blog to my self hosted one without knowing a thing about the process etc but some how I managed to do it and I would never look back! Your blog looks amazing Eden! I’m sure this will be such a helpful post to others wanting to know more about self hosting. Loved reading it as always! It certainly brought back some memories of last year when I was going through the process! At least you only have to do it once eh 😂💗💗

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 15, 2018 / 10:36 pm

      Yes aha thanks for reading xx

  7. February 16, 2018 / 5:10 pm

    This was so helpful as I am definitely considering going self-hosted with more followers! XXX

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 16, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      Aw I’m glad thanks so for reading! Xx

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 16, 2018 / 6:47 pm

      ❤️

  8. February 18, 2018 / 5:21 pm

    I found going self-hosted so complex with Blogger! There’s so much coding and things involved!

    Sophie xx // One Unique

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 18, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Yeh I’ve heard that but you have done a great job your blog looks amazing! Xx

  9. February 18, 2018 / 11:50 pm

    I’ve been wanting to go self hosted for the longest time but I wasn’t sure about the process but reading your post made it seem so easy so thank you for this! 💛

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 19, 2018 / 12:04 am

      That’s okay thanks so much for reading ❤️

  10. February 24, 2018 / 4:31 pm

    I’m already self hosted, but found your post really interesting anyway! I wish mine had a better theme, but I just can’t afford to do that ahaha! Yours gives me serious envy! x

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      February 24, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      Thank you and aw that’s so sweet your blog is gorgeous tho! X

  11. March 31, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Just catching up on your blog and I’d love to go self- hosted, it’s just such a big step but once again congrats! This post made me feel a lot more informed about the process xx

    • everythingedenblogs
      Author
      March 31, 2018 / 2:22 pm

      Aw thanks so much Dervla! i am glad x

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