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Benefits of Going Self-Hosted

Many of you are using the free platform for their lovely blogs, and are now considering switching to the self-hosted I know this migration is a process that requires a lot of thought and preparation, so that’s why I decided to help you a little. Down below you will find some of my top five reasons to go self-hosted.

benefits of going self-hosted

  1. Getting your own domain.

First, and foremost, you will get a name that only you own. If you are unsure what domain is, that’s simply your link. For example, my domain now is and if I was using the free WP it would have been Let’s be fair, this wordpress bit in my name is annoying. I wanted to get rid of it, so I did.

Also, getting you own pretty name is thousand times more professional. If you are looking forward to working with various big brands, I’m telling you – they will almost always pick somebody with their own domain, rather than somebody else with free WordPress (considering everything else equal of course). I think you can buy your own name and still keep your free WP for $2.99.


  1. Getting any theme in the world you want.

You start from a scratch, so you can pick any theme in the world you want. Using the free WordPress, you are required to pick from a few free themes. However, when switching to a self-hosted WordPress, you will be able to download themes from various stores (Etsy) or third-party developers. Some of the themes will be free, some will be paid, but most of the creators usually offer free adjustments to your own taste.


  1. Advertising.

This goes both ways.

First, using free WP you have numerous ads everywhere on your blog. They belong to WP and that’s the cost you have to pay to use their platform for free. If you like to get rid of their ads, you’ll have to pay a small fee, I believe it’s $30 per year.

Getting self-hosted, you don’t have anything on your blog. WP doesn’t have the right to put their ads up, and even better – you can put your own ads. For example, you can’t use Google Adsense on your free blog, but you can if you are self-hosted.


  1. Limited storage:

My blog requires uploading a lot of pictures, and they have to be good quality ones, if I want to keep your attention. Same goes for fashion/travel/photography bloggers. Photos are essential.

Free WP gives me limited space – 3GB. Believe me or not, it was about 30% full after my first three months of blogging, and I wasn’t even posting every day! By the end of the year, I would have probably needed to start a brand new blog, or buy more storage (6GB for $2.99 my cheapest option).


  1. Affordability:

Like I’ve told you in my previous post about my experience going self-hosted, switching platforms cost me about $3 per month, or skipping a cup of coffee for two days. Nothing ultra expensive, right. If you’ve reached up to this point and did some basic calculations you’ll see that using free WP you’ll have to pay separately for:

  • getting a cooler domain;
  • picking a prettier theme but still within a limited selection;
  • getting rid of WP ads;
  • getting more storage space;
  • and paying for various services (for example, if you need help with the migration, they will do it for you, but for a small fee).

If you want to combine all these and get a plan, you’ll need to pay $2.99 per month for the Personal one, $8.25 for the Premium one, or $24.92 for the Business one. Needless to say that get you get most freedom with the Business plan but why paying $24.92 when you can get the same and even more for $3?

I am biased!

Yes, I am. And I’m not hiding it! I’m happy that I took the decision and finally moved self-hosted and it’s so worth it (for me!!).

If your blog is just a hobby for you, you don’t upload tons of heavy pictures, or you are not planning to work with third parties in the future – yes, maybe you don’t need to take this big step. Maybe, you’ll be absolutely happy with the Personal plan. But if you are planning to take your blog to the next level – you need to switch to self-hosted WP.

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As many of you asked about the difference between and, that’s basically what it is. Wordrpress is the whole platform, if you sign up for the .com, you get the free version. If you sign up for another platform, such as SiteGround and then connect to WordPress, you automatically get the .org one. Does that make sense?

Thank you for reading! Please shoot me your questions in the comments section, so I can write future blog posts for you! Also, if you enjoyed reading this post, please pin one of the pictures you like most, so it can reach more people.

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  • Reply Jo Smith | The Inquisitive Writer

    Loved it! You explained it well. When you talked about the “big brands” thing, it reminded me of something that I read somewhere. It was talking about if you want big brands to notice you or something, that they only look at your theme and followers, which is kind of a shame because a blog is more than just that. I am trying to use Google Adsense right now, because I want to make money off my blog, also.

    July 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      First impression is always important! Hope they approve you fast for the Adsense programme, although if I write an income report, you might laugh πŸ˜‚

      July 9, 2017 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply lifeofangela

    This was really helpful Siyana, thank you!! I’m definitely planning on going with siteground when I make the switch in a few weeks. The main reason I want to switch is to make my site more my own, and of course space for photos. I post everyday with many photos, and I’m already up to 65% full πŸ˜‚ I’ve only been blogging for four months, so at this rate, it’s going to be full in a month. I need to go self-hosted πŸ˜€

    July 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Finding space for photos is the real struggle, I feel you πŸ˜‚ Hope I managed to confirm your decision and can’t wait to see your new blog 🌸

      July 9, 2017 at 7:20 pm
      • Reply 924COLLECTIVE

        We switched to a personal program less than a year ago & are 100% happy
        with the decision, our page is ad free, & we didn’t have to migrate anything.

        It is surprising how many people do not edit their photos to 72dpi, which is why
        they run out of space so quickly. Having a design degree it is interesting that
        so many people overspend on their personal pages which is really unnecessary
        unless they are integrating e-commerce or an online shop. For us less is more.

        The personal plan gave us a .com & removed all ads & only costs us $30 per year.

        July 14, 2017 at 2:27 am
        • Reply Siyana

          Everyone gets the plan that suits them best, because different people have different needs. And having IT degree is such a bonus, wish I could code a little bit as well!

          July 14, 2017 at 10:10 am
          • 924COLLECTIVE

            Very true! We have been blogging since
            2008, so we have seen a LOT of blogs
            come & go. The average blog life is around
            18 months before bloggers get bored, move
            on to another hobby, for whatever reasons.

            If a blogger is serious about blogging long
            term, then these more professional options
            are definitely worth exploring.

            For the majority of casual users WordPress
            provides enough free tools that it really isn’t
            necessary to spend any money at all.

            It is like going on a ski trip & buying all the
            expensive equipment only to use it once,
            then it sits in the closet, vs being a lifelong
            ski enthusiast. The ski shop is going to sell
            the gear to both customers regardless of
            whether they will actually use it or not.

            July 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm
  • Reply Claire Talks Beauty

    Going self hosted is 100% worth it in my opinion! Thank you for this article, it really clarifies everything!

    July 10, 2017 at 12:52 am
  • Reply Heidi

    Love the post and looking forward to reading more. Dumb question, if I am using WP premium and therefore do not have “WordPress” in my URL, does that mean I’m self hosted?

    July 10, 2017 at 2:09 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! Using the Premium version doesn’t mean you are self hosted, as WordPress is still your host. If you were using Bluehost, Siteground, etc, then you’d be. 🌸

      July 10, 2017 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Sheryy's

    Thank you so much for this. I have recently moved to the self hosted plan and i am clueless and not seeing any difference. I am working on it everyday but it seems like I am still as limited as i was using the free wordpress. Which WP plans are you on if I may ask

    July 10, 2017 at 5:04 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Hey Shery, thank you for stopping by! I am using Siteground as my host, and the free version, as my blog is now self-hosted. I believe you are still using the version, so that might be why you don’t see much of a difference. Am I correct?

      July 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm
  • Reply crystalsandcurls

    I love this! My main reason for starting a new blog on hosted is that it’s so much harder to grow and maintain engagement on self-hosted (for me); all my posts stopped showing up in the reader so nobody ever saw them ;-; xx

    July 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      If you put a blue wordpress follow button, people would still follow you. But it’s true that sometimes people are scared to engage with self-hosted bloggers 🌸

      July 10, 2017 at 8:35 pm
      • Reply crystalsandcurls

        No, what I meant is that I had a following from my hosted site but when I migrated over I ended up losing it because people never saw my posts and loads of people complained my site never came up in their reader xx

        July 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Bernadette

    I decided to start out my blog as self-hosted, instead of trying to switch over later on. It makes it feel more “professional” to me.

    July 10, 2017 at 7:02 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I wish I’ve done that too, very clever decision 🌸

      July 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm
  • Reply Natalie Vinh

    Going self-hosted was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! Although it definitely gets a bit pricey!

    July 10, 2017 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Ella May Garrett

    This has been really helpful and you explained so many things I am nervous about. I think if my blog ever reaches 1500 followers then it would be really beneficial to make the switch. For some reason I am just to anxious to do it – even when people like yourself explain it so perfectly! xx

    July 11, 2017 at 9:25 am
    • Reply Siyana

      I’m sure your blog will grow way beyond 1500 followers, and I can’t wait to see your migration! And thank you for your kind words, glad I could help πŸ€—πŸŒΈ

      July 11, 2017 at 10:35 am
  • Reply frugaldod

    I went to self host shortly after starting my blog and because of my classes in IT I also play around a lot with other self hosted services like cloud services. So I actually quite enjoy my self hosting. I do have to agree that there are so many benefits to being Self-Hosted. To me it was like taking a shackle off of my leg πŸ˜€

    July 11, 2017 at 1:23 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      It’s really beneficial if you have the knowledge to play around. Wish I could also write my own codes and adjust everything to my taste 🌸

      July 11, 2017 at 1:43 pm
      • Reply frugaldod

        I have done a lot with my own site including coding, as well as on my wife’s site. It what’s I find that I enjoy doing (when I have free time, which is hard to come by with 2 daughters under 4)

        July 11, 2017 at 1:54 pm
  • Reply fashionanitastar

    This was really helpful πŸ™‚

    July 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you 🌸

      July 12, 2017 at 4:45 pm
  • Reply waiyeed

    i’m definitely afraid of going self-hosted but you put everything in perspective! thank you for this :-))

    July 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Don’t be afraid, once you switch I’m sure you won’t regret it xx

      July 13, 2017 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Deanna

    Thank you for this! I’ve been debating when / if I want to switch to self hosted so this was helpful

    July 14, 2017 at 12:19 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Hope you are now going to take best decision for yourself 🌸

      July 14, 2017 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Kali Borovic

    I’m looking into self hosting myself. Why did you choose to go WordPress over sites like BlueHost? xx.

    July 14, 2017 at 12:30 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I’m not sure I got your question right. You go with wordpress, no matter which ‘host’ you choose. I personally went with SiteGround, because of the reviews I’ve read, my positive experience with them and of course – their affordable plans. Does that make sense πŸ˜€ Also, did you read my other post – about my migrating experience? You can check it here – I wrote a bit more about my decision πŸ™‚ Hope that helps!! xx

      July 15, 2017 at 10:28 am
      • Reply Kali Borovic

        Ah okay! Yeah, I’ve been debating between SiteGround and Blue Host, so I’ll definitely give this a read! xx.

        July 15, 2017 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Veronica M.

    I really want to go self-hosted sometime soon. I have a question-when you switched to self-hosted, did you lose any followers or have any of that scary stuff happen? :/

    July 14, 2017 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I was three months into blogging when I switched. I didn’t lose any followers as there’s an easy option to migrate them from one site to another. It’s not scary at all!🌸

      July 14, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply thesubtleartofpostgrad

    I just started blogging a month ago but I already noticed how much better self-hosted seems. Thanks for providing these details and answering the questions in the comments. It really helped.

    July 18, 2017 at 3:57 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Welcome, fellow blogger! I’m very happy that my work is helping someone 🌸 Let me know if you have any further questions, which I would happily turn into another post πŸ€—

      July 18, 2017 at 6:34 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    Well explained. There is so much you could have said, it it is good that it didn’t get too confusing. Beautiful layout and pictures too.

    July 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Sarah 😊

      July 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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  • Reply Offrs Reviews

    Very interesting post share. This has been really helpful and you explained so many things I am nervous about.

    August 16, 2017 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply madepiecebypiece

    I am so glad I found your blog, you have tons of great tips! I also love the design and it is very pretty. How do you convert to a self hosted blog? I currently have the personal plan.

    October 16, 2017 at 7:24 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you are enjoying it!
      First you have to pick your host, for me that was Siteground, then they’ll transfer your blog for you. You can reed more on the process here: x

      October 16, 2017 at 7:39 pm
      • Reply madepiecebypiece

        Thank you. Do you pay for Siteground and WordPress now or does site ground replace WordPress? I’m going to do more research, it’s still very confusing to me. I believe WordPress is currently hosting my site because I paid for their personal plan for a year up front. Is that how Siteground works but with more features?

        October 24, 2017 at 1:08 am
  • Reply Livia Claire

    I needed a post like this. I used to have a blog in the past and never went self hosted. I have now started a new one in a different niche and I am thinking of going self hosted in a month or so. Siteground web hosting seems to have very convenient prices.

    November 5, 2017 at 11:08 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I’m glad I could help πŸ™‚ I remember using blogpost in the past as well, but wordpress is my preferred platform now.

      November 5, 2017 at 11:10 pm
      • Reply Livia Claire

        I like it too. I am still trying to figure out everything, though. I have been blogging for only one week.

        November 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    So what do you think?

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