The Great Blog Migration – Switching to Self-Hosted Soon!

When I began blogging I started with a free account, mostly because I heard good things about them as a host, and also generally had no idea what I was doing.

Within the past two or three months I feel like I have learned a TON just by continuing to plug away, and also by asking lots of questions to other bloggers as I go! Thanks just to the blog-o-sphere, I have learned how to turn on my blog ads, worked a lot on improving my layout, and also got approved as an Amazon affiliate!

I however still have a lot I want to accomplish, and have learned that I am in the wrong blog format to do so. I feel that it is time for me to go self-hosted, but I honestly am quite terrified to make the switch since A.) I still have relatively no idea what I am doing, and B.) I don’t want to lose content or followers in the process!

Here is what I do know: since I started with a versus account, WordPress basically owns me and my content. When I first created my account, I quickly upgraded to the Premium account thinking this freed me, and recently I learned that is not the case. What my account upgrade did get me was the ability to turn on my Word Ads, which so far has earned me about $2 so far, oh boy. I had applied and been rejected by Google Ad Sense a few times, and learned it is because of my format through

So now, I set off to switch over to self-hosted, and I am quite sure I don’t know everything that I should know to do so successfully. What I do know is that I intend to switch to a and Bluehost combination. My biggest fear in this transition is loosing subscribers, and also loosing content.

I did find this great tutorial on the Beginner’s Guide for WordPress and intend to read it several times, and also have my more tech-savvy husband read it several times before I attempt to tackle this.

Have any of you made the transition to self hosted? Which format did you go with, and how did the process go for you?  Any tricks or tips I should know beforehand?

I am extremely busy this time of year, so I think I will tackle the transition around August once summer is winding down. I do want to make sure I am up and running by the fall because I already have some great posts ready (Halloween and Christmas are just my thing) and want to make sure my following is strong going into what I would consider a good season of content 🙂

Thank you for reading, and again, advice is appreciated!

X.O. – Abbey Co.

PS – If you are looking for some great reading on how to start a blog, grow a blog, or use WordPress in general, here is book that I like and will be relying on too! The first my dad actually lent me since he uses WordPress for his business webpage and it was quite helpful (Amazon affiliate).

WordPress To Go: How To Build A WordPress Website On Your Own Domain, From Scratch, Even If You Are A Complete Beginner

WordPress for Beginners 2017: A Visual Step-by-Step Guide to Mastering WordPress


Disclaimer: I am a member of the Amazon Affiliates program… I am not sponsored by any of these products, I just really like them! I do however get a little kick-back if you purchase anything through the links provided. Prices are no different than if you were just shopping on your own 🙂

21 Replies to “The Great Blog Migration – Switching to Self-Hosted Soon!”

  1. Congratulations on making the decision to move. I use the WordPress / Bluehost combo and find them ok. WordPress support is much better than Bluehost. I find BH not to helpful actually and any info I asked the found answers quicker online. Google will be a massive help… In the sense that any issues you come across Google them and you’ll get your answer! Moving followers for me was easy as WordPress did it for me! Don’t be fooled by Bluehost saying you need to pay for help setting up themes. They take an age and in the end you can figure it out before they do it. I have friends who used GoDaddy and they found there support much better!!! It’s a little more ££ so it’s up to you on how much work you wanna do yourself. I would have said I knew nothing about this but with time and patience I got there!! Hope this helps. Any other questions you have feel free to get in touch!! Xx


  2. Congrats on making this decision!! I have been blogging for almost two months and am already considering going self-hosted. I don’t think I will be able to make the switch anytime soon, but I do want the rights to my own content. I am not tech savvy myself, so I know this process will be a bit confusing for me. Wishing you the best of luck on this transition!

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  3. Ahh…I tried to do this a few months ago with InMotion Hosting and it was an utter failure so I never managed to migrate over and was so frustrated with my experience with that company that I canceled. The problems that I was having when I tried to migrate it wasn’t working, my content wasn’t moving over even though I had exported and imported it and every time I tried to cut over it failed. I called them 7 times and was on the phone with them for almost 6 hours and I just couldn’t do it anymore.

    Eventually, they informed me that it was working so I should refresh all my caches, clear my history, etc…I did all of that, but for some reason, it still would not recognize my login to my WordPress account and show my data…so I didn’t want to spend my tie with that fuss. I will definitely try it again sometime, but when I have more time. Good luck to you! I hope your experience is better than mine; if so let me know! Maybe I’ll give Bluehost a shot.

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    1. That is terrifying! BlueHost is what has been recommended to me the most and I have heard good things about the WordPress plugin to help with the transfer of data. I can’t speak for it personally since I have yet to give it a try. If you are interested, check out the Bluehost tutorial link I posted in here and see if it seems easier than the setup you are attempting? I wish you much luck with making the transition, that sounds so stressful!!

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      1. Totally! Like I said, it’ll probably be a bit, I’m have so many projects outside of blogging that I can’t put a lot of time to it right now 😦 When I’ve tied up a few things in my own life I’ll try again for sure!


  4. Congratulations Abbey, that’s so exciting! I switched to self-hosted about a month ago and it’s definitely an investment but I think it’s worth it. Not so much for the ads or monetization, but I just really enjoy designing my website! I use Bluehost/ and I haven’t had very many problems. The only bumps were when I was first installing my new site, in which case the Bluehost support wasn’t super helpful. But once you know what you’re doing, it’s really simple! I’d also suggest Bluehost just because that’s what most people use, and that’s the one WordPress suggests, so it’s the safest and most secure.

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      1. Yes! I’m very excited for you! If you have any questions let me know and I’d be happy to help you the best I can! I wish I had asked someone, looking back!


  5. Congratulations on making this change. I have no advice for you as of right now but I would suggest to just do your research. I would be the same way you are feeling so I get the nerves. I feel like once you reach a certain amount of followers it’s smart to go self hosted. Good luck to you and your blog! ❤

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  6. I moved over recently and I will be honest, it was a bit of a nightmare. It just wasn’t as straightforward as I thought it would be. I went with SiteGround as my host site and their customer services was extremely helpful, WordPress customer service wasn’t as helpful, but I eventually got it all moved over. Good luck with your move and just be ready to be patient! It will all work out!


  7. I switched to self-hosted a couple months ago because I wanted to be able to do whatever I wanted and have more freedom. I use SiteGround rather than BlueHost, and I like them. It’s a bit of work at the beginning to set everything up, but WordPress can move your followers. Good luck!


  8. Great post thank you for sharing – I think this is the best decision moving forwards, yet as you say read, read read before making the switch. I tried very briefly! Realised i was out of my depth, I personally found it quite technical but at the same time I was pretty foolish as had not fully read up on it! As long as you know what to expect and back everything up before, once up and running I think it’s the best way forward for us bloggers 🙂 Good luck – keep us posted 🙂


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