What “self-hosted” means and why I might be switching soon

Hey Inquisitive writers! So you might be wondering what “self-hosted” means, or maybe you’ve heard of it, or maybe you know all about it. In this post I’ll be talking about what it means for your blog and why I might be switching soon.

What -self-hosted- means and why I might be switching soon

By the way, this pretty stock image is from The Magical Canopy

Ok, for all you newbie bloggers out there who may not know what “self-hosted” means, it means that you host your own blog. If you have WordPress.com (like me), WordPress.com hosts your blog. “Hosting” means the location of your website files are stored in the internet. WordPress.com is not self-hosted, no matter what plan you get. You can get the personal plan, or premium plan, or business plan, but you’re still with WordPress.com.

**I also talk about the WordPress.com plans here** 

Even if you get rid of the “.wordpress.com” on your domain (your domain is your web address. Mine is inquisitivewritersite.wordpress.com) you’re still self-hosted. I personally never invested a penny into my site, just time. I have always stuck with the free plan, because I had no interest in making money from my blog, I just simply wanted to blog. Which is completely fine, nothing is wrong with that! 

But after two years I realized that I can make money from blogging, and there are many ways to go from that. But that’s for another post.

Although here’s the thing: even though I’m talking about going self-hosted, you don’t need money to make a good blog, and many people still think that. I follow many bloggers who are on WordPress.com, and other non-self-hosted platforms, and they have awesome content. Let me repeat this: I believe you don’t need money to make an awesome blog. You just need time, dedication, and good content. Money will just help enhance your blog’s look, and other details ,too. 

Yet if I believe that you don’t need money to make an awesome blog, why am I talking about maybe going self-hosted? Why am I writing this post? What is the meaning of life?

I would like to go self-hosted because I want to have more “freedom” with my blog. And what do I mean by “freedom”? I mean that I can customize my theme (which is limited on WordPress.com), put my own ads (which you also can’t do on .com), play around with the html (html is basically the deeper inter workings of a website. If you are self-hosted, you can customize this to make your site more unique. You can read more about it here), and more things that are restricted on WordPress.com

Nevertheless, I am tentative to go self-hosted. Many people have said to me “Yes! You should take the leap! You’ll love it, definitely!” and other things like that. I followed a couple of bloggers that went self-hosted. Some of them told the readers that they were going to take the leap, and some of them didn’t, which left me confused on why their site looked different, and how I couldn’t comment directly from the .com Reader.

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This is what a self-hosted site looks like on the .com reader.

Eventually, I lost touch with those bloggers because it was harder to get to their site than other .com sites, from the Reader. Although I do still follow a handful of self-hosted blogs, like the one in the image above. I love this nice WordPress.com community, and I don’t want to leave it, and possibly lose contact with my readers. That’s also why I’m writing this post.

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A WordPress.com site in the Reader.

I want to expand my blog, and eventually make money off of it in the long run, but I also would like to keep the same readership I have now.

I hope this post helped you understand what self-hosted means! If you are self-hosted, what is your experience? Did you move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org? If not, do you want to go self-hosted also? These sites also helped me understood what it means ,too:

How to Properly Move Your Blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org

GOING SELF HOSTED – WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

Hey before you go, I’m curious inquisitive to know what you think my age is. Don’t worry, it’s anonymous and your result won’t be posted publicly. You can take the poll on the right (or on the bottom if you’re viewing this on a mobile device), or if you’re seeing this in the WordPress.com reader, you can take the poll on the bottom.

 

What -self-hosted- means and why I might be switching soon

22 comments
  1. […] What “self-hosted” means and why I might be switching soon […]

  2. I was on the free WordPress platform for about a year before taking the leap last year. I couldn’t have been happier with the move as I feel I have more control over my blog now.

    1. I see. Thanks for your feedback!

  3. I love that post! It’s written in a very simple but informative manner!

    It’s true that other bloggers see your posts differently in the Reader, but I right-click every post anyway and open the pages separately, so it’s not that big of a difference for me. I don’t really understand all the people who don’t do that 😀

    1. Thanks! But I usually view my followed blogs on the reader, on my phone. I’m too lazy to right-click and actually visit the site, so I usually just view it through the reader. If I’m on my computer, I view it on the actual site. I’m so lazy 😂

  4. I love this post as I can relate so much! I can’t wait to see your blog if you”re going self hosted ! xxxxx

    1. Thanks Rosinalee!

  5. Awesome post Jo! I’ve recently taken the leap myself and it has been a bit of a roller coaster at first with understanding what plug-ins to use, errors that may happen with the transition, etc. but after almost a month, I can say I’m pretty comfortable with the platform. You make some great points and I do miss the community feel of WordPress.com, However, you can still use the WordPress.com app on your phone to stay connected with those you follow. I’m currently doing that now. I must admit that I’m not as connected because it’s separate but I do try to check in with some of my blogger friends ever so often (like you!). I say go for it if you’re considering it. It’s nice to be able to fully customize your blog through .org 🙂

    1. Thanks Shanika! Though, there isn’t a WordPress.org app? Or do you log into your .org account on the .com app? Or you just use your old .com account?

      1. You’re welcome Jo! I use the WordPress.com app which automatically synced to my WordPress.org website. Not sure how that happened but I guess it did because I transferred my subscribers. Hope this makes sense!

  6. So happy for you. Though it’s a huge leap but I am sure you will do great. Do what you feel like.💝

    1. Thank you!

  7. I really don’t know whether to go self-hosted!! It seems like so much hassle downloading everything and transferring things. Can’t make my mind up.
    Liv x
    livslack.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Well it depends on what you want for your blog’s future, and if you are dedicated enough to your blog. It also depends on if you want to make money off of your blog in the future, also. If you don’t feel like you’re ready, then I wouldn’t do it. You’ll know when it feels right.

  8. I’m the same way with going self-hosted. I was considering the personal plan so it’s still easy for people to like and comment on my posts, but I’m going to put money into my blog, why not go big? I’ve been reading into self-hosting options and platforms, and there’s so much info out there, it’s hard to narrow down. I wish you luck if you do plan to go through with it 🙂

    1. Exactly, I agree. Thank you so much!

  9. Thank you for this post. You have explained it well. I have often thought about it also.

    1. No problem! Thanks for stopping by.

  10. For some odd reason, I feel like upgrading the plan on WordPress is a much better idea than actually self-hosting. Self-hosting seems to be a lot of hassle and I cannot comment and sometimes I can’t navigate the ‘like’ button on self-hosted blogs. I couldn’t find any video on YouTube promoting upgrading the WordPress plan so maybe self-hosting is the ultimate best idea. Thanks for this post, it got me thinking 💝

    1. I agree with you, but I feel like with blogging it’s “go big or go home” so that’s why I’m not interested in upgrading a WordPress.com plan. Thank you!

  11. One of the down-sides of self-hosted blogs is that it’s up to you to install all the new upgrades in the Word Press system, where these are done automatically on WP.com blogs.

    1. Yes, that’s true. Thanks for stopping by.

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