I’d been toying with the idea of switching from a free WordPress.com site to a self-hosted site for some time. Various reasons really which included having more control over content and appearance and having the opportunity to monetise should I wish without worrying about having years of hard work shut down.
The .com site were doing an offer whereby you could upgrade to their Premium package for about £55 (this was before Christmas, it looks as though it’s now £85) which was tempting, but then I thought you’d still be somewhat constrained to their ‘rules’ if you like. Not that I intended on being rebellious in any way you understand 🙂 As there wasn’t a massive amount in it, I decided to go for it and become self-hosted!
Although I’d had a bit of experience with WordPress.org sites through my previous employment, I wasn’t confident enough to switch it all over myself without losing any content or, more importantly, hard-earned readers. I’m aware that there are tutorials available for you to do it yourself so I do appreciate that paying someone else is the easy option.
Pipdig were recommended to me by the lovely Shaz at Jera’s Jamboree (many thanks) and so I checked out their site and what offers they had. Pipdig offer a migration service from a .com to a self-hosted .org site for the price of one their WordPress templates plus you must purchase hosting from Site Ground using the link on their site. I have no experience in purchasing hosting so I was quite happy to go with this. I got a 10% discount on my template and with a year’s hosting have spent £90 (I know, not cheap but the template is a one off cost). Purchasing both was all very simple and I received email updates from Pipdig throughout with my new site going live on January 7th! Happy New year to me! I’ve even emailed Phil at Pipdig for advice on a couple of Plugins which he’s very kindly helped me out with.
Then begins the fun part! Tweaking the widgets and customising all the added extras you get to how you want your site to look! I’m still tweaking here and there but I think I’m probably there.
There are some things that I wasn’t aware of before switching but that’s down to my research. For instance:
- I still need my .com site and log in to ‘like’ and comment on other WordPress posts.
- I still need my .com site and log in to view posts in the WordPress ‘reader’.
- I had a panic because all my views and visits didn’t transfer over initially, but you can ask a WordPress Happiness Engineer to transfer these over for you, which they did very quickly.
This is based on my own experience and use over the last couple of weeks and is no way meant to be definitive. Regarding the likes and comments etc, if you know of something different please do let me know in the comments as I’d really like to know if there’s a way around it or if I’ve not configured something correctly.
Now to build on my readership, content and all that jazz that comes with blogging. Happy days!