How I Went Self Hosted and Why

Moving my blog from wordpress.com to wordpress.org was one of the best thing that I did for my blog and I recommend that you make the move too. I moved my blog over about a year ago now and I still get questions about how and why I did it. So that’s what I’m going to try to answer today.

I am in no way a self-hosting expert. In fact, I’m probably the opposite but I’ll answer the best that I can.

What is self hosted WordPress?

Self-hosted WordPress simply means that you install the free WordPress software on your own web server rather than having WordPress.com host your blog for you.

You buy a hosting service from one of the hundreds of reputable web hosts out there. I recommend BlueHost and you can sign up by clicking here. BlueHost make it so easy to go self hosted even a technology dummy like myself could do it.

Why I Went Self Hosted?

The main reason that I chose to go self hosted was so that I could have more control over what theme I used. To be honest, WordPress.com themes are very limited and I didn’t find any of them to be suitable for my blog. WordPress.com doesn’t support the vast majority of themes available from 3rd-party developers. So you’re just going to have to get the closest match possible from the much smaller selection of themes that WordPress.com does offer. You could buy a theme from wordpress.com but you are still stuck with their limited customisation options.

Another reason I chose to go self hosted was because with wordpress.com, you’re not allowed to post affiliate links. This makes you unable to earn any money from promoting other people’s products. This is important to me as I earn most my monthly income from affiliate links.

Eleanor May

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9 Comments

  1. July 16, 2017 / 11:12 am

    I’m currently on blogger and I plan on moving someday too… maybe I’m just too comfortable with the ease of use over there… good need you moved to a self hosted WordPress because WordPress.com is actually too limited…

  2. July 16, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    HI, I have been thinking about going self hosted as WP is very limited. Great tips thank you.

  3. July 16, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    If you plan on monetizing your blog and being taken seriously by brands and companies, self-hosting is an absolute must! Second to that is making sure you have SSL in place…Google likes you a whole lot more with SSL 🙂

  4. Chelsey
    July 16, 2017 / 6:35 pm

    Thank you for this breakdown. Been wondering why I was having so many issues trying to add affiliate to my site. Now I know!!

  5. July 16, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    You definitely get more freedom when self hosted! Also love the designs and plugins options to choose from.

  6. July 16, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the info, I plan to move over to self-hosted and I was really nervous, but you make it sound not so bad!

  7. July 17, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Welcome to self-hosting! lol. I say that like I know what I’m doing –which I don’t. But, I started off fumbling my way through with Host Gator. WordPress is the best thing ever. I was actually considering sites like SquareSpace or Wix, but glad I chose this route. Blogging is really fun and I hope to earn some side income with it soon. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. July 20, 2017 / 10:59 am

    I love the way your blog looks now! I definitely enjoy being self-hosted because there’s so much more freedom, especially with designs and plug-ins and such.

    • July 20, 2017 / 11:00 am

      I hit “post” too fast. I meant to say: but it’s a steep learning curve. 🙂

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