In the context of website management and online publishing, the term ‘self-hosting’ is used to describe the practice of running and maintaining a website using a private web server – Wikipedia
At the end of February I took the leap in moving my blog from it’s hosted WordPress platform (emmarollason.wordpress.com) to it’s new and current home (emmarollason.com). For most blogger’s moving your blog is the natural progression of growing your blog/website, but there seems to be very little information out there about how you do it. I took to Twitter to ask fellow blogger’s how they went about moving their site’s, with so many lovely blogger’s offering their recommendations which you can read about here.
I decided to register my domain through Go Daddy, who offer a buy one get one free site domain, so if you don’t want your blog mixed up with another site I’d definitely recommend registering both even if you use just the one domain. To use WordPress on your Go Daddy site you need to upgrade your existing WordPress site from .com to .org or you can simply choose not to install wordpress using Go Daddy purely for your domain registration.
The next step for me was trying to figure out how to upgrade my wordpress site from .com to .org and then move my blog to the custom self hosted domain (emmarollason.com). I know, where do I even start? This is where the lovely people over at PipDig come in, who offer a service that when you purchase one of their gorgeous wordpress theme’s (which can only be installed on a wordpress.org site) and upgrade your .com site through SiteGround* they will handle the transfer for free, doing all the hard work so you can just simply sit back and relax. Site Ground* offer three upgrade packages with their GrowBig package recommended for expanding and growing your blog. When you’ve completed the form for Site Ground* and have purchased your PipDig theme you simply enter all your details into the PipDig site form, you’ll receive several emails from PipDig all keeping you up to date with the progress of your blogs transfer (which can take up to 5 days to complete however mine was up and running within 24 hours).
I absolutely fell in love with my blog when it was all finished and transferred, it looked sleek, it looked elegant, it was so much more than I ever imagined my blog would look and I can only thank the kind people over at PipDig for the amazing work that they have done, I fall more and more in love my blog each and everyday.
It seems like such a scary jump to try to figure out how to transfer from .com to .org and then how do you go from .org to your custom self-hosted domain? But the process was effortless and the result was beyond anything I could imagine with PipDig and Site Ground* doing all the moving and the hard work for me. Would I recommend Site Ground* and PipDig? Absolutely, they did a fantastic job, I got a beautiful blog with a stunning customisable theme too.
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