I have to admit, I was really scared of going self hosted and I had like 1 million questions that led to me stressing out the people on SiteGround (sorry about that). With a constant wish of being able to make my blog look prettier and improve its quality I finally made the decision to switch. Here is (almost) everything you need to know about going self hosted with SiteGround.
How much it costs
For the StartUp plan (the one that I chose) you will pay 3.95 €/month the first year and then it’s (9.95 €/month)+ 13.95 €/year (if you also get a domain) + 18.60 €/year for the SG Site Scanner (notifies you if your site was hacked or injected with malicious code) + VAT. The total for me was around 96 € with is a pretty good price to start with.
What do you get
For the StartUp plan the most important things that you will get are:
- 24/7 Technical Support
- Free Auto Daily Backups
- Free Website Builder
- SSD storage
Find out all the things about the plan here.
Before I went and bought the plan I’ve exported my existing blog. The way you do that is by going into Tools – Export – All content – then hit download Export File. I then went to SiteGround and bought the plan. The process was very smooth and quick and you can import your existing wordpress.com site to the new domain that you buy or already own.
If you don’t have a domain, you can easily buy one from then and then proceed to the next steps.
*Take in mind that VATs will change the total price (depending on the country you live in)*
It’s really easy to import your old blog (just use the Export File that you’ve downloaded). I did have to put the file a couple of times as my existing posts didn’t get published all at once. If you have any trouble with moving your existing blog to the new one just log in to get some support. I swear all the people there are amazing and really nice!
You don’t have to worry about your comments, likes or photos that you’ve used in a post, all of them will be there after you are done importing it. I did found out a bit later that day that my followers weren’t on my new site but I’ve found this article that guided me really well.
You can also make the move with their help, but I’ve found the process to be really ok so I went ahead and made the move myself considering the fact that they have a lot of articles regarding what your next steps should be.
I think I was anxious until I’ve seen my site up and running but once it was done I couldn’t have been more happier!
Thinking of making the move?
You can use this link to start your new journey. It is really worth the money and that comes from a simple student haha. You have a lot of ways to personalize you site, enjoy a lot of plugins and also monetize.
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