TwitCount Button

Come December and it will be three years since I moved my writing blog to self hosted WordPress.  Then in 2016 August, this blog, Shailajav.com , also switched to self hosted WordPress after being on Blogger for over 9 years. And you know what? It’s the best decision I ever made for both my blogs!

I’ll confess it wasn’t something I was sure about, so I talked to a few bloggers, found out the pros and cons, weighed out the costs versus my efforts in blogging and finally took the leap.

Today, I’m going to talk about why I made the shift from free WordPress and a custom domain on Blogger to my self-hosted space. I’ll offer some compelling reasons for you to consider and hey, the decision will still be yours! If you’re a blogger, thinking about making the shift, then you’ve come to the right place.

*This post originally contained links to the Bluehost affiliate programme, since I used their services for 3 years. But once I made the switch to my current provider, I’ve not looked back at Bluehost. And neither will you. πŸ™‚

Laptop on table. text: Why you should move to self hosted WordPress

This post contains affiliate links to the ChemiCloud Affiliate programme. What that means is if you click on the links in this post and avail of the offer any time of the year, I get a commission, at no extra cost to you. If you do avail of the offer, I thank you for your purchase. Read my full Disclosure policy here.

10 Important reasons for you to shift to SelfHosted #WordPress Click to Tweet

Self hosted Blog? How is it different from a free blog? Why should you move to self hosted? What are the advantages? Find out ten reasons to make the move to self hosted WordPress and why I recommend Bluehost for the same!

#Shailajav #SelfHosted #Blogging #Bloggers #WordPress

1. Your own space on the web

If you’ve ever lived in a rented space and moved later to a home of your own, you’d understand this analogy. I was on Blogger for 9 years and found it very convenient to manage, since the interface is easy to  understand.

But, when I started trying my hand at WordPress in mid-2014, I was fascinated by how much more I could do with a blog!

In order to move from a free space (blogspot.com or wordpress.com) to a paid version (.com or .org, for example), you need to pay for a couple of things. And if you don’t have either of the two below, don’t worry. ChemiCloud offers just that! {Affiliate link}

  1. A domain name of your choice (mine are shailajav.com and shailajav.in)
  2. A hosting package (I am on Chemicloud’s Neutronic plan)

To explain in simple terms, think of it this way: you’re now owning a piece of your own space on the internet. Now isn’t that something you’d enjoy?


2. A professional look

So, what’s the big deal with a self-hosted website, you ask?

Well, it has a very professional look to it, for one thing. My earlier website was www.shailajav.wordpress.com. The parenting blog was www.momdiary.blogspot.in

  • A custom domain removes the ‘wordpress.com’ and the ‘blogspot.in’ from the URL giving it a more business-like look. This makes a big difference.
  • Also, let’s admit it. You’re motivated to blog more regularly, to make that investment in self-hosted worthwhile.
  • Oh and let’s not forget that you get access to so many more blog themes when you make the shift!

But wait, can you get a custom domain without moving to self-hosted? Yes, you can, but you won’t get the amazing features that I talk about in the next point.


3. Ability to use plugins

  Plugins are my favourite part about going self-hosted! You get to download some interesting ones which you wouldn’t get on a free domain or a custom domain. Most plugins are free for those on self-hosted, so you’re pretty much set! These are just some of my favourites:

  • Content-Protection: Prevent your text from being copied with the right-click protect plugin
  • Max Buttons: Allows you to add a box like the one at the end of this post to get sign ups
  • Title & No follow: This is perfect when you are working on sponsored content and need to add a no-follow link. It’s a one-click option!
  • Monster Insights: Link this to your Google Analytics and see your stats right in your WordPress dashboard.
  • Comment Luv: Allows people to leave a link back to their blogs while leaving a comment.
5 of my favourite #plugins on self-hosted WordPress! Click to Tweet

4. Access to SEO/ Yoast

By far the best thing about self-hosted is how you can use the Yoast plugin! It’s a boon if you want to optimize your posts for SEO and work on the readability index of your posts. It can take a bit of time to get it right but once you do, the features are wonderful!


5. Better security/ Backups

Did you know that Google can delete your blog without warning? Yes! That happened to artist Dennis Cooper, who had been blogging for 14 years on Blogger. 14 years of hard work were wiped out without a trace and no explanation.

On self-hosted websites, that risk is minimized to a large extent since it’s hosted on a platform you’ve paid for. And if you’re serious about blogging then you know that shelling out some money to keep this gig going is worth all the effort.

My Host also does a wonderful job of backups on a daily,weekly or monthly basis in their control panel. I still have a second Backup plugin, by the way (yay for plugins!) to ensure my data is safe. Taking weekly backups is recommended if you blog weekly, which is what I do.

More recently, the other good thing was ChemiCloud (my host) offered free SSL certificates for all their users! That was a boon! Considering most of us had to make the switch by October 1st, that was a significant saving made. I know other hosting providers charged for the SSL certificate.


Have you moved to HTTPS yet? You should! Read my tutorial today!


6. Monetize better

Now this is where things get a little bit more interesting when you are on self-hosted. A custom domain definitely ranks higher on Google search. So if you’re keen to start monetizing your blog using affiliate tools, advertisements, brand collaborations or sponsored posts, a self-hosted blog works wonders!

In the past year alone, I’ve been approached by multiple brands and platforms keen to work on collaborations. That’s after I moved to self-hosted. So if you’re considering a serious future in blogging, make the move to self-hosted.


7. Better options to share your content

Yes, I know that Jetpack on wordpress.com works just great with sharing your content and I love it too. But, when I switched to SSL, I lost all my share counts and was a bit worried about losing the social proof for my content.

Enter this gorgeous plugin: Easy Social Share. I bought the paid version of Easy social sharing and it’s a dream! From retrieving old share counts to creating a subscriber box, it’s gorgeous!

I’ve heard great things about the Social Warfare plugin too, by the way. If you’re not keen on shelling out money on sharing plugins, use the free versions of Sumo or Shareaholic.

The one thing I will warn against though is that both the latter plugins are heavy on page loading time and slow down your site. But they work well for most websites. I had them too until I switched over to Easy Social Share.


8. Making the switch is easy

One of the best reasons to switch to self-hosted using ChemiCloud is that they do all the heavy lifting for you! When you sign up with ChemiCloud, they just ask for your login details to your existing domain and then ask you to sit back and relax.

Within the hour, you will get a mail explaining that your site is live! All their plans include the following:

  • FREE Let’s Encrypt SSL
  • FREE Migration
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Unlimited Email Accounts
  • Disk space starts at 5 GB
  • A special intro offer with a 45-day money-back guarantee

9. ChemiCloud offers the best value for money

We come to the most compelling reason on this list today.

I am not kidding when I tell you that you really get the best value for money when you go with ChemiCloud. Don’t believe me? Check out their plans I’ve shared below. The basic one works just fine for bloggers and small businesses. You can choose to upgrade later if you feel the need.

Chemicloud Web Hosting

10. Excellent customer support

ChemiCloud has been the most responsive and helpful through their 24 X 7 support. I’ve found them accessible both through their chat support and their e-mail tech support.

Every site has this risk of what’s called down time. This means that the site will be unable to load or return a ‘Bad gateway’ message to users. 

As site owners, this can be worrying, but ChemiCloud has a dedicated team that works to ensure your site is back up and running as soon as possible. I’ve had down times of 1 minute at the most and it’s been stress-free. This leaves me with time to work on things that I actually love: Blogging and creating content.


So, have I convinced you to take the leap to self-hosted? Do you think it’s something you’d enjoy? Let me know in the comments below.

Take the decision to make the move today. It’s worth it, trust me!

***

Want blog updates in your inbox? I write a monthly newsletter with tips on positive parenting,blogging and social media strategy. It’s completely free!


What is self hosted WordPress and why is it better than a free platform? The answer is 10-fold! Not only do you get a more professional site, you get to earn money through your blog. Read that and 8 other reasons why I recommend making the move and why you should use Bluehost for this. #Shailajav #SelfHosted #WordPress #Bloggers #Blogging

**HERE’S A SPECIAL OFFER FOR MY READERS**

Book any hosting plan on ChemiCloud and get 10% off when you use my affiliate link. Use the code ‘‘AFF10’ when you check out.


Comments

comments


29 Comments

Shilpa Gupte · November 19, 2017 at 10:09 pm

Good for you, Shailaja! I am glad you made the move and remember how you had urged me to do the same! But, I am fine here and hoping to stay fine in the future, too! Ah, well, let’s see..I don’t want to think about the future…just want to enjoy what I am doing!
Congrats, once again, babe and wish you the best!
Love!

    Shailaja · November 20, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Thank you πŸ™‚ And yes, it totally depends on what you want from the space. I know many people who enjoy custom domain on WordPress too so it’s fine πŸ™‚

R. Ngala · November 20, 2017 at 4:01 am

I’m truly curious about what happens when the self-hosted domain expires and one, for some inevitable life reasons, doesn’t renew. Does it revert to the previous *.wordpress.org /*.blogspot, or you lose everything plus old contents and posts? Kindly share if you know about that.

    Shailaja · November 20, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hi. As far as I know, the domain expiry means that the site will return a ‘Domain has expired’ notice to users. It doesn’t revert to the previous free domain. It’s like you’ve moved everything to the new one. The old one ceases to exist.

    I’d advise renewing the domain before it expires. Bluehost sends plenty of reminders in advance so you don’t have to worry about that happening.

Nabanita Dhar · November 20, 2017 at 7:05 am

This is such a well rounded post for anyone who is in two minds to go the self hosted wayz I wish you had written this post a few years earlier so that I could have a one stop shop to quell all my fears about this move. I agree to what every point you have made here and you know what now that I think about it, your updates have actually nudged me to move towards selfhosting or more recent the http to https move. So, thanks again:)

    Shailaja · November 20, 2017 at 7:07 am

    Thanks, Naba πŸ™‚ I am hoping more people make the switch. It’s really a wonderful space to be in, isn’t it?

Rachna · November 20, 2017 at 9:43 am

Good reasons, Shailaja. I am self-hosted on all 3 blogs since many years now. I will say it makes sense to move to self-hosted only if you are looking at monetizing your blog. For recreational bloggers who only do it for the joy of blogging, it makes sense to stay with the free version. There is much more understanding of technical aspects involved even if someone else handles it for you and not everyone has the time and inclination for the same. I am happy with AWS who do the hosting for all my blogs.
Just one feedback, the post instead of seeming general seems written from the POV of Bluehost promotion. Last 3 points are solely about them.

    Shailaja · November 20, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Thanks, Rachna. Yes, I agree on the monetizing aspect, of course.

    I agree about the Bluehost aspect as well since I am on Bluehost and the post does contain affiliate links to their platform, so it made sense to me to write it that way. πŸ™‚

    Thank you for the feedback.

Mansi · November 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

Thanks and big thanks for sharing this post. From quiet a long time I want to move up the ladder but I always had this doubt that with zero knowledge technically,will I be able to manage or not.

    Shailaja · November 20, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Hey Mansi, like I said, if you are sure to take your blog to the next level, then I heartily recommend self-hosted πŸ™‚ I had hardly any technical knowledge. Most of it I have learnt only after moving. I can put you in touch with a couple of excellent people who will help you out in terms of support, plus there’s always Bluehost support πŸ™‚

Rajlakshmi · November 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

I need to self host my travel site. Self hosting gives so many options, and yes one can install awesome plugins to improve the site. I love the flexibility self hosting gives us as a blogger. I better make a move soon πŸ™‚
Rajlakshmi recently posted The snorkelling debacleMy Profile

    Shailaja · November 20, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Those photographs of yours deserve to be self-hosted! I say make the move quick, Raj πŸ™‚ So true about the flexibility. Absolutely love that about mine too.

Parul · November 20, 2017 at 8:26 pm

Like you, I made the move from my free WordPress to a .com with bluehost and I’m glad I didn’t that. For most of those reasons, the move was the best for my blog. To happy us, Shailaja! πŸ™‚
Parul recently posted A Sunday by my kitchen windowMy Profile

arham ali ch · November 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

Your all information is totally unique and very useful for good web hosting searchers.

Soumya · November 21, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Here’s the post I’ve been waiting for. As tempted as I’m to make the move immediately, I want to cut back on blogging and writing to take some time off for myself. Since I’m not sure if I’ll be blogging frequently, I’ll keep this on hold for now and go for it next year. They have these sales every year, right? Please say, yes!

I’m bookmarking this post right away. You have answered all my queries in the best way possible and it was a yes from me on every point. But yeah, for now, I need to work on myself first.

Thanks Shy, for letting me know about this and such a detailed post.
Soumya recently posted Dance With MeMy Profile

    Shailaja · November 21, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Hey Soumya πŸ™‚ Yes, absolutely. They have the sale every year and even sometimes in between as special offers.

    Totally understand and you take all the time you need to recoup and get back. We’re not going anywhere.

Karthik Murali · November 23, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Valid points.. lot of ppl still haggle around .blogpsot.com or .wordpress.com
this will be a wakeup call for them
Karthik Murali recently posted Top 5 Mobile Phones of 2017My Profile

Ernest · January 2, 2018 at 5:44 am

Thanks for sharing this wonderful post so that others can learn.

Aparna · January 8, 2018 at 4:36 pm

This is an insightful post. Will definitely bookmark this. Thank you for this.

James · February 6, 2018 at 11:03 am

I appreciate your post, each points you explained very clearly. These information very helpful. Thank for sharing!

Debbie D. · November 11, 2018 at 1:32 pm

I’ve been using Bluehost since Jan. 2013 and agree with your assessment of their services. They are one of the best hosting companies and have resolved every issue I had quickly and courteously. Happy to see CommentLuv make a comeback, as well. Thanks for the info!
Debbie D. recently posted BEAUTIFUL BARCELONA | DREAM TRIP PART IMy Profile

Facebook for Bloggers: What you can do to help grow your brand · March 11, 2018 at 9:16 pm

[…] I moved to self-hosted WordPress I began playing around with plugins. (Have I told you I love plugins?) Anyway, one of the things I […]

A Sense of comfort and a place like home- The Moving Quill · November 16, 2018 at 9:27 pm

[…] if you’re looking for a good alternative to Bluehost (Which I still recommend if you have a blog that’s making money), I highly advise going with […]

Best Blog Budget Tips: How to plan expenses for your blog · December 10, 2018 at 7:52 pm

[…] Want to know more about my hosting provider? Read this (& don’t miss the special discount code at the end of that post) […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: