How I Moved My Blog To Self-Hosted

How I Moved My Blog To Self-Hosted

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.

How I Moved My Blog To Self Hosted - emmarollason.com

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).

How I Moved My Blog To Self Hosted - emmarollason.com

How I Moved My Blog To Self Hosted - emmarollason.com

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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31 Comments

  1. April 9, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    I used Pipdig as well when I went self-hosted, and I found the process was so smooth and easy – I would absolutely recommend it to anyone that wished to make the move! 🙊 I agree that it felt scary it first, but it’s an important step to take.. 😇

    • April 9, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      They really are a self-hosting gem, I’m so thankful to them. Thank you for reading xx

  2. April 9, 2018 / 5:09 pm

    I went self hosted from day one and I’m really glad I did because some people seem to really struggle with the process of transferring. I’ve never heard anything but amazing things about pipdig though! They seem to make the process really simple for everyone x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • April 9, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Pipdig really took the stress out of it. I didn’t really know too much about self-hosting when I first started blogging but I’m glad I finally took the leap xx

  3. April 9, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I have been meaning to move to self-hosted for aaaages but keep chickening out. Pipdig sounds like it would be the perfect option for me! Thanks for the info! 🙂

    • April 9, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Pipdig were amazing and really take out all the stress, I’d definitely recommend going self-hosted and pipdig do it so you can still use your hosting site that you’re already familiar with. All the best with your move to self hosted xx

  4. April 9, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    I went self-hosted last September but since I’m still at uni I wish I had more time for blogging. When I do I love how much more my blog feels “mine”. And your blog looks great! xx

    • April 9, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Congrat’s on the move, it is hard to balance a blog and so many other commitment’s but you’re doing so well. Thank you for reading and leaving such a lovely comment xx

  5. April 9, 2018 / 6:31 pm

    Thanks so much for mentioning us in your post, Emma! I’m glad you have been happy with the results too. If you need any help in future don’t hesitate to reach out 🙂

    • April 9, 2018 / 8:59 pm

      You’re very welcome Phil and I will be sure to reach out with any questions or queries I may I have. Thank you so much for all your help and making this process absolutely effortless xx

  6. April 9, 2018 / 8:08 pm

    Oh wow, great explanations! I’ve always wondered what it was really all about and I also thought it probably was extra work. This is so helpful!

    • April 9, 2018 / 9:07 pm

      I’m so glad this has helped you understand self hosting a bit more. I thought it was going to be so much hard work but honestly it really hasn’t, such a smooth transition xx

    • April 9, 2018 / 9:08 pm

      Thank you sweetie, I’m loving it so much xx

  7. Lisa's Notebook
    April 9, 2018 / 9:48 pm

    I’ve been self-hosted from the beginning but I’m getting a little tired of my theme now. I’ve heard nothing but good things about Pipdig and I’ve seen a theme I really like so I think I’m going to upgrade in the near future. I have some queries so I’ll be emailing Phil first! I’m glad you’ve had such a good experience and thank you for confirming what a good company they are 🙂

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • April 9, 2018 / 9:50 pm

      All the best with your upgrade to a new theme. Thank you for reading my dear xx

  8. April 10, 2018 / 4:26 pm

    Loved this post! I have been thinking about going self hosted for a while, and I have read SO MANY posts and articles, but I cant always find the information Im looking for… I do not have much money, and I know it can be expensive to go self hosted. So I was wondering what the difference is between going self hosted and simply buying a domain and template? I know there will be differences I just cant find out what they are! Also which package did you go with for your site on Site Ground? Love your blog layout! xx

    http://zoe-ware.blogspot.ca

    • April 10, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      Hi Zoe, honestly I don’t think you really need to buy your domain like I did through Go Daddy you can register a domain through Site Ground when you purchase your package (I went for the Grow Big package) and bought the pipdig template and then pipdig do the transfer for you for free. When you buy a domain and template, you still need to transfer your blogspot site over to the domain which means changing your URL and redirecting and some templates will only upload to a a self-hosted site, I’m unsure how it would work for blogspot but for wordpress you had to change from .com to .org before you could do anything, which was frustrating as I had no clue what I was doing or how to do it. Honestly I’d recommend pipdig and SiteGround for sure and I’m sure they would answer any and all your questions and queries with much more indepth information than I ever could. I hope this helped even a little bit, and I hope when you move to self-hosted it’s as smooth and painless as I found it to be xx

      • April 10, 2018 / 4:46 pm

        Ah thank you!! Yeah I have read so many articles about moving from Blogspot to WordPress.org and now all the information is just a jumble in my head! Ill definitely look into Siteground, as I have been looking at all the different self hosting sites for the best deals and what other people thought of the transition etc. Thank you!! xx

  9. April 10, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Ah thank you!! Yeah I have read so many articles about moving from Blogspot to WordPress.org and now all the information is just a jumble in my head! Ill definitely look into Siteground, as I have been looking at all the different self hosting sites for the best deals and what other people thought of the transition etc. Thank you!! xx

  10. April 10, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Such a great post! So much useful information for anyone wanting to go self hosted! Xx

  11. April 10, 2018 / 8:41 pm

    Thanks for this post, it’s really helpful! I’m still hosted by blogspot but I’m considering moving up to the big girl world of self-hosting soon. I’d never heard of PipDig before so I’m definitely going to give them a look-up. (Your site looks really smart by the way!)

    • April 10, 2018 / 8:52 pm

      Thank you so much, I hope your move goes smooth and effortless. Thank you for reading and for your kind words.

      Emma x
      emmarollason.com

  12. April 10, 2018 / 8:58 pm

    Congrats on going self hosted lovely! It’s a big leap but your site looks great 💕

  13. April 11, 2018 / 12:25 am

    This is such a helpful post, congrats on going self hosted! I definitely want to do this some day but I’m waiting until I have a bit more money saved up for it (uni student struggles), but I’ll definitely check out pipdig when I’m ready to make the move! Xx

  14. April 11, 2018 / 12:45 am

    These are some really good tips for people making the transition to self-hosted. I actually paid a fellow blogger to do the transfer for me. She was wonderful!

    And congrats on being self-hosted! happy blogging.

  15. Emily
    April 11, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    Self-hosted is definitely the way to go! I actually just bought a pipdig template recently too and I LOVE it!

    -Emily | http://www.East91Blog.com

  16. April 11, 2018 / 9:41 pm

    That’s amazing! Great to hear you had a good experience with going self hosted! xx

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