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My experience after moving self-hosted

Hello there!

It’s been one month since I moved self-hosted and I thought it’s time for some reflection. If you are not familiar with my blog, here are some facts to share:

  • I started my first blog BrushAndNeedle on 25th February 2017;
  • for three months I got more than 500 followers;
  • I also had almost 3,000 views for May;

Needless to say, I had no idea that my blog would bring me to the point where I am right now.

I was not expecting that there would be so many people who clicked the follow button absolutely voluntary so they could read my content.

I was not expecting to get so much support from super random and amazing people from all around the world.

I was not even planning to tell my friends about my ‘hobby‘.

Yet it all happened and although it might sound a bit stupid for you – my blog helped me grow. That’s why I decided to help it grow too. I finally got the courage to move self-hosted.



1. Picking a new blog name:

I had to pick a new name for my blog, as Brush and Needle wasn’t entirely matching my content any more. I think this decision was one of the toughest, because I’m incredibly indecisive!  Anyway, after asking everybody I know, including you guys, I picked Siyana Online and I love it so far. I think if I still use it 10 years from now, I won’t be embarrassed.


2. Choosing a hosting platform:

Although it’s called ‘self-hosted’, you still need a hosting platform to look after your site. There are quite a lot on the market, but my decision here was easy. I read a few articles here and there and decided that I’ll be using *Site Ground. I’m not going to give you tons of statistical information about how SG is better than anything else, but will share why I personally liked it.

First, I thought their prices were quite reasonable. I got a two years contract for £90 (including my domain purchase for £12), which is about £3 per month. I mean, it’s not that expensive, I can save those money by skipping a cup of coffee once a month.

Second, their live chat assistance was fab. I got to text with one guy, who also happened to be Bulgarian and it was so much fun! He was extremely helpful and managed to move all of my content from Brush and Needle to Siyana Online for a few minutes. I’ve read that a lot of people struggled with this migration and I’m grateful that it happened so easy for me.

Third, everything happened really fast. I decided that I wanted my blog at 9PM and had it all done by 1AM. I honestly believe that’s incredible.

*Now, I have a reference link if you want to use it and help me. I’m going to get a small commission in return, but that’s not going to affect the price you will be going to pay anyway.

3. Personalizing your theme:

I’m using a free theme now, but picking all the widgets and plug-ins was really exciting for me! You start from a scratch, because none of your layout can be moved, but I honestly very much liked that. I’ll most likely invest in a theme in the future, but I’m happy with mine at the moment.

4. Migrating all of your followers:

That was easy as well, there is an option in the WordPress panel to migrate followers. And to be honest, I still happen migrate followers from my old blog, as there are people who keep following it 😀

5. Anything has changed?

I can say that my views are fluctuating quite a lot, but my subscribers and comments rates fell significantly. I even start to think that people are afraid to engage with bloggers with their own domain. We are not that scary, I promise.

6. Anything I regret?

Blog wise – no, I very much like how my blog looks right now. However, I think that I should have moved self-hosted even earlier, as many people are confused by my change now.


That was my personal experience and I can say it was definitelt a positive one. Let me know if you would like me to write something more in depth, such as how to pick a blog name, how to choose a hosting platform, is it worth moving self-hosted, must-have widgets, or anything like that. I’ve read a lot on these topics, and I’d love to share my experience as well! Also, I’d love to read your stories!

Thank you for reading as always,

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  • Reply lifeofangela

    This was a really great read Siyana! I’ve heard quite a few good things about Siteground so I’m definitely considering going with them. It’s good to know that someone can move the bulk of the blog over for me, as I’m not quite sure how to go about it myself. And wow, four hours! That’s not too long at all 😀

    July 3, 2017 at 6:16 am
    • Reply Siyana

      They are so helpful, I’m sure you will have amazing experience with them! And I can’t wait to see you bringing your blog to the next level!

      July 3, 2017 at 8:03 am
  • Reply noovihandayani

    Hi babe, congrats on having a self-hosted blog. In my opinion, self-hosted is more interesting. Happy blogging!

    July 3, 2017 at 6:29 am
    • Reply Siyana

      You are absolutely right!

      July 3, 2017 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Everything EmmZeeBee

    What are benefits of being self hosted?

    July 3, 2017 at 6:30 am
    • Reply Siyana

      That’s a lovely question! I will be doing a post on that, but basically you can customize your blog how you wish, and you can also monetize it. You can put ads or affiliate links which are otherwise prohibited. 🙂

      July 3, 2017 at 11:05 am
  • Reply Jo Smith

    Omg thanks for this Siyana! Coincidentally, I was planning to post something about going self-hosted in a couple of days lol.

    July 3, 2017 at 2:35 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Oh well, great minds think alike, you know 😂I can’t wait to read about your experience!! x

      July 3, 2017 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply kanishkasdiary

    Hiya, thanks for any and every way you might have supported me in my blogging journey! I have just nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award! Do check it out:
    Lots of love, Kanishka.

    July 3, 2017 at 4:08 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, I very much appreciate it 😊

      July 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm
      • Reply kanishkasdiary

        You are welcome sweets Xoxo

        July 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Liv

    I’m unsure about going self-hosted, I’m trying to weigh up the pros and cons. Love your blog!
    Liv x

    July 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I’m going to do a post on the benefits of going self hosted soon, hope that would help x

      July 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply stashy

    Great write up! I think going self hosted is a bit like moving out of a dormitory and into your own apartment. In a dormitory, it used to be that all your friends would be right down the hall and you got shared services like the cafeteria and washrooms. But in your own apartment, you had to create everything on your own – sure, you can decorate it any way you want, but it’s a bit lonelier unless you throw a party or meet people at the pub.
    I myself didn’t go self hosted, instead I opted for a premium package off WP. I feel it’s a happy medium for me as I got my own domain and have the ability to customize a bit. I also only very recently (after being on premium plan for over a year!) that I have access to all of the premium themes! I am quite attached to my theme just due to the sizing of my photos fit the size so I’m reluctant to change.
    I’m glad your overall experience has been a good one!

    July 3, 2017 at 10:50 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Your definition is spot on! 😁
      I’m going to do a post on the benefits of being self hosted soon, and one should definitely weight the pros and cons for themselves. For me, the premium package was still too restrictive, and I decided to finally move out 😁No regrets so far, but it also depends on the blog itself. Your looks amazing, so well done!

      July 4, 2017 at 1:42 pm
  • Reply Rosinalee

    Being self hosted myself I totally understand this! And it’s amazing that you’ve grown so much! xxx

    July 4, 2017 at 9:52 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you! Going self hosted is very exciting xx

      July 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm
  • Reply Ella May Garrett

    I love how you structured this! I have been really nervous considering the idea of going self hosted because it seems like a ‘big bad world out there’ but you explained everything so well. I have no idea how to go about it yet so my gut feeling is to wait it out until I think my blog is ready! Also, I don’t know anything about the WordPress premium option that allows you to monetize use SEO etc… Do people use that? xxx

    July 4, 2017 at 7:09 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Ella 😊The premium version costs 8.25 and going self hosted is around 3, but still providing you with the same and more amazing features. Will do a more detailed post on that soon x

      July 4, 2017 at 7:41 pm
  • Reply therealpinkblogger

    This was such a good post to read because I’ve also been thinking about moving to self-hosted.
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    July 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm
  • Reply hudapervez

    Hey Siyana!
    I’m so glad you were able to go self hosted so easily, I’ve read some really scary stuff about the process haha!
    Anyways, I would love to know what the difference is between going self hosted or using the WordPress premium version?
    This was a great read and I’m looking forward to your post about the benefits of going self hosted!☺️💕💕

    July 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you for your support, I’ll make sure the following posts are extra informative and useful! <3

      July 5, 2017 at 11:15 am
  • Reply Sydney Hartle

    Ahh I keep debating whether or not to do this! I actually tried about a month ago, but for the life of me I could NOT figure out how to transfer all my content. I’m glad it’s working out so well for you — I really wish I could add plugins to my blog.

    July 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      You really need to get full advantage of all the services these platforms are providing! Did you get the premium package then? x

      July 6, 2017 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Brittney Ross

    Great post! I just recently went self-hosted and the transition was certainly more complicated than I anticipated but after working on my patience (lol) I got everything figured out and it seems to have been a good move! Hopefully my blog will continue to grow and I can like you! 🙂 xoxo

    July 6, 2017 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Brittney 🙂 it’s definitely exciting to switch platforms! I’m absolutely sure that your blog will grow, if you keep putting so much thought and effort x

      July 6, 2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Jen

    I love your blog! Congratulations on your successes! I recently started my own blog and it’s certainly been an adventure! I’m loving it. 😊 Sending you good vibes!

    July 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, Jen 😊 Starting a new blog is always exciting, and I wish you good luck with it 🌸

      July 7, 2017 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply unfilteredmama

    This was helpful, thank you! I’m considering moving to self-hosted as well. There is so much to know and learn!

    July 7, 2017 at 7:34 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Glad I could give you some insight! I’ll be posting some more tips in the future, so stay tuned! x

      July 7, 2017 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply asquishymommy

    Very informative! Thanks!!! (Congrats on your move too!)

    July 8, 2017 at 3:38 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you 😊

      July 8, 2017 at 10:22 am
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  • Reply anastasiaitriago

    I also moved my blog to a new host! It was hard but so worth it!


    July 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      It’s absolutely worth it indeed 🤗

      July 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm
  • Reply gingersnapps

    Well done on going self hosted, your blog looks amazing-so professional! I’d love to go self hosted to give me the freedom of customisation. However I’ve only been blogging a month and don’t think I have enough followers to make it worth while (yet). You said that you would have gone self hosted earlier, how much earlier were you meaning? x

    July 12, 2017 at 7:33 am
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you, that’s a really nice thing to say! I just feel that you should start building your ‘brand’ from the beginning because sometimes this transition is confusing for your readers. But that’s really a personal preference and your fans will keep following you no matter what you decide! x

      July 12, 2017 at 10:56 am
  • Reply glitteredbycassie

    Hey girl! Great post! I too had a huge difference when I moved to Self hosted as far as engagement goes. So, I’m glad I’m not alone in this. Great blog! 🙂

    July 15, 2017 at 12:12 am
    • Reply Siyana

      We all struggle 😁Thank you🌸

      July 15, 2017 at 11:16 am
      • Reply glitteredbycassie

        Yes! For months I was worried that ppl couldn’t actually see my blog. Haha!

        July 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm
  • Reply Blue Settia

    Your blog is so aesthetically pleasing. It’s gorgeous! You are very talented!! I think your blog name is cute.

    July 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Thank you so much, it’s very nice of you to say!! 🌸

      July 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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  • Reply Reema

    You know i am really evaluating my options.. either to move to self-hosted site or to upgrade in WordPress!!?? Did you consider this before moving to self hosted one?

    August 3, 2017 at 10:19 am
    • Reply Siyana

      I was absolutely sure I wanted to go self-hosted as WordPress was too restrictive for me. Depends on what your intentions are, but I think I did the right thing (for me). 🙂

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  • Reply Laleelovesbeauty

    Hey love I went self hosted also about a year ago. My overall views have gained but likes on WordPress and comments have lessened so I agree with you on maybe the intimidation factor. How did you change the likes or comment issue?

    October 16, 2017 at 1:17 am
    • Reply Siyana

      I also get less comment because people are too lazy to click and get to a post outside of the reader… it’s really difficult dealing with that, just try to comment on as many posts as possible and hope that other bloggers will return the favor 🌸

      October 16, 2017 at 10:16 am
  • Reply Just Georgia

    Thank you for all of this information, it’s so useful! Did you self host at the 3 month mark or was it a while after? Also, is there a point when you would advise doing it? x

    January 29, 2018 at 7:13 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      I think it was exactly three months after I started, I just felt like it was the moment. I had some views and plenty of followers, and I thought that blogging is something that I’m not gonna dump after a week. If you feel like blogging is a passion of yours, then don’t hesitate to move self-hosted! But at the same time, don’t feel pressured if you are not ready to. x

      January 29, 2018 at 8:00 pm
  • Reply bekabackstory

    In the same way babies take steps, the same can be said about blogging. It happens in stages and you’ll be amazed by some of the other changes that can come. To me blogging is equal to evolution so good for you on this major blogging step, it’s all good:)

    February 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm
    • Reply Siyana

      Absolutely, I see my blog as a little child, it needs to be looked after to grow properly 🙂

      February 7, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    So what do you think?

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