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!