Hello everyone, I wish you have a great day and success in 2020. New Year holiday is coming and I’ve prepared myself to fulfill my resolution for next year’s agenda. Okay, let’s go on to the topic today about Self-Hosted WordPress. I’ve bought this WordPress Personal plan before when I started building this blog but it seems the features are so limited, I can’t install any plugins here, can’t connect to google analytic and this plan doesn’t suit my preference. Well, I know upgrading the plan will solve this but it’s quite expensive and I won’t bother with the Premium plan from WordPress.com.
I love customizing and doing some improvements with anything but I have no idea that wordpress.com has limited features like this. So I’ve decided to do some researches and I think going to “Self-Hosted WordPress” is better for me. I still have 26 days left to submit a refund so it’s not a problem for me.
What does Self-Hosted WordPress mean?
I’m sure many bloggers out there especially the beginners don’t know much about this or won’t bother with this. Even I just finished researching this topic. I’ve read the article from WPBeginner that compares wordpress.com with wordpress.org (self-hosted WordPress). You can visit the link above to read the article and they really explained them with full details — Thanks WPBeginner.
So I found out that the conclusion when you go self-hosted is that you have full control of your website. You are the real owner of your site and free to do anything you want and customize it as much as you need. You have the freedom like installing plugins, tons of theme choices, google analytics, SEO, and the freedom to monetize — this is one of my purposes and many bloggers too.
For a long-term purpose and if you want to gain some money and start to build your business on your blog, my opinion is it’s better to go self-hosted WordPress and you can have full responsibility and freedom to manage your site.
How do I move to Self-Hosted WordPress?
All you need is to buy WordPress hosting and domain which there are many companies that offer this hosting, such as Bluehost, Hostgator, Dreamhost, SiteGround and many more. If you already own a domain, you can easily transfer it and it should be easy to transfer the domain.
The main thing before you move to self-hosted WordPress, you need to export and backup all your content from wordpress.com and then import them all to your own self-hosted WordPress. If you are unsure how to do this, you can read this article by WPBeginner— thanks again WPBeginner. Don’t worry, the hosting company below will surely help you with this.
For the hosting company, I’ve decided and my choice is using Dreamhost as my WordPress hosting because I’m pretty sure they are the most reliable and affordable web hosting provider. They offer 97 days (aka 3 MONTHS) money-back guarantee and that means if you cancel your account or subscription within 97 days of signing up, you’ll receive a full refund of all hosting fees which most hosts out there offer just 30 days which is super awesome. Dreamhost also offers unlimited bandwidth which suits me perfectly and also highly rated for its fast and reliable hosting. It has won numerous awards and got a bunch of great reviews from its customers. Here’s what I got about Dreamhost after doing some researches and reading reviews on it:
- Great uptime (almost 99.9%).
- High-quality, helpful, and fast customer support.
- Super generous 97-day money-back guarantee.
- Bandwidth is truly unlimited.
- They’re carbon neutral (AKA green) which is reducing electricity impact on the environment. If you love Nature, Dreamhost is the best choice.
Bluehost will be my second choice if there’s something that happened with my hosting in Dreamhost in the future. Well, everyone needs Plan B for everything they are planning. Both of them are great companies and have been existed for more than 10 years.
Am I rushing?
Maybe Yes, Maybe No. Some of you might think that I’m too rushing with this kind of stuff as my blog is newly born. Well, I prefer long-term kinds of stuff and this is the best thing to do with my blog. Especially that my blog is brand new. I’m pretty sure it won’t take long to move from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. The Earlier The Better, I always stick to this quote for myself.
I am going to start moving to self-hosted today or maybe before the New Year holiday. I want to manage the fresh and new self-hosted blog before 2020 and start building my business in this blog. If you have any opinion about this post, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Thanks for visiting The Alkana and reading this post, I love the WordPress Community and you too and I’ll see you soon.