How to Transition from Blogger to Self-Hosted WordPress

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Hi Everyone! Welcome to my new blog! As it was my birthday back at the beginning of August, I decided that I would treat myself to something I’ve been wanting for a while. I purchased a hosting plan, and I am now officially a self-hosted blogger! It’s crazy to me that I only returned to blogging three months ago.

Prior to becoming self-hosted, my blog was contained on Blogger. For a while, Blogger was fantastic for me but I am reaching the point where I think it is stunting my growth slightly. Plus, I now own my blog in oppose to ‘renting’ space from Google. I decided to become more active in making the change when I realised that I could easily lose my blog if Google were to close down! Not that it’s likely to happen, but still.

I was put-off becoming self-hosted, largely due to the cost, but upon purchasing it I realise that it is far more affordable than I had anticipated! The nerves also made me reconsider becoming self-hosted as I didn’t want to accidentally mess up my blog, I am not a tech wizard at all. A friend introduced me to Blogger2WP, who are an organization specializing in moving individuals over to self-hosted WordPress.

My Journey to Becoming a Self-Hosted Blogger

I sent an email over to Blogger2WP and Laura was quick to respond to me, offering me the opportunity to become self-hosted. It was at this point that I purchased a package through SiteGround, whom are highly recommended by Blogger2WP. I decided to opt for the ‘GrowBig’ package as it costs only £3.95 per month, but gives me more flexibility should my blog grow. Blogger2WP also have an in depth tutorial on their page for purchasing this. I did find that it wasn’t really necessary as the process itself was relatively easy on SiteGround. But, it’s always worth having as a back up!

Once this had been purchased, I sent my SiteGround, Blogger and GoDaddy details over to Laura. This requires a lot of trust, as they do have access to your passwords. Though, you can change these afterwards!

As my blogger page was already live on my domain, Laura sent over a preview of my new blog on a temporary domain. I was able to select the theme myself from a variety of pipdig themes. I think I made the right decision! Here, Laura gave me the opportunity to customize my blog before it went live. I made some changes to my header, sidebar and hover links to make it individual to me. There were some changes that were a little more complex and required custom CSS, so I emailed Laura to ask for help and she was prompt in being able to make them, so I was very happy! Following this, Laura made my blog live the very next day.

Laura gave me guidance throughout the entire process, and from start to finish the process took four days. She was sure to explain what happens next, what was required of me and why she was doing particular things. Additionally, she was very clear when answering my queries.

Want to Become Self-Hosted? Here’s How to Get Started

If you have decided that you would like to become self-hosted, you now have a couple of options. Blogger2WP offer a free transfer package for those who choose to use SiteGround. I genuinely think that this is a fantastic opportunity as transfer packages can often be very expensive! Blogger2WP also have a variety of WordPress guides to help you through the process and to make customizations to your blog. There are some fantastic options, so it is definitely worth taking a look!

Do you use self-hosted WordPress? Is it something that you’d consider? I’d love to hear your thoughts! I’d also love to find out your thoughts on my new blog! 😉

* I received a free transfer from Blogger to WordPress in collaboration for this post, but thoughts and opinions are still my own!

15 Comments

  1. August 15, 2018 / 9:18 am

    A very helpful post, thanks for sharing. I moved my blog a couple of months ago from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, self hosted through Bluehost. It was a stressful time! You can find my blog here: cornishmaidblog.com 🙂 x

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 15, 2018 / 1:32 pm

      Thanks Laura! It’s a shame you found it stressful! 🙈 Xx

  2. August 15, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Eventually I’d love to go self hosted but for now I’m okay with my blog as it is. This is a great post, I’ll definitely refer back to it when the time comes

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 16, 2018 / 7:22 am

      Ahh bless you Aisling! Its’ definitely worth using when you feel ready, but theres’ no rush! <3

  3. August 15, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Becoming self hosted is a real mission for some, and I’m glad you wrote this post, very helpful to new bloggers xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 16, 2018 / 7:22 am

      Thank you so so much! xx

  4. August 15, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    Interesting and handy post, I haven’t changed to a self hosted blogger since i’ve had second thoughts about it but after reading this I definitely feel convinced. Thank you xx

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 16, 2018 / 7:23 am

      Thank you so much! xx

  5. August 15, 2018 / 11:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Very useful post and that picture is just so bloody beautiful, I don’t know why but I absolutely adore it!

    Beautifully written too, great work!

    The Love Addict x

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 16, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Thank you so much!

      Haha thank you! I wanted to get my mehndi in there, as it was for a friends wedding 😀 x

  6. August 16, 2018 / 12:28 am

    This post is so good and informative for people who want to be self hosted but are scared to do so. I love being self hosted. I use HostGator for my blog. It allows for so much more opportunities and overall freedom.

    P.S. I love your layout! So simple and cute

    Check out my blog at http://www.kaegiselle.com

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 16, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Thanks so much Kae! I haven’t looked into HostGator, will definitely need to! Thank you! <3

  7. TheFashionnBlogger
    August 16, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    I would love to become self-hosted but since I’ve just started I’d rather wait and see where my blog gets! Your blog looks amazing by the way xx

    TheFashionnBlogger

    • Chloe_Francis
      August 16, 2018 / 1:50 pm

      Hey lovely! Thank you so much!

      Don’t rush it – I’ve been blogging for about five years so I thought it was about time for me now, but theres’ really no rush! xx

  8. October 26, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    I think someday I might consider self-hosting, but I’m the kind of blogger that just does this for fun and not for profit. I’m only dipping my toes into affiliate programs and I might not even stick with it. Blogging is just a fun outlet for me and using Blogger is perfect for the time being.

    I guess we never know what the future holds, so if I change my mind this information will come in handy!

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