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!
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!