As I mentioned in my last post on the subject, I used this guide from Julie at fabulousblogging.com to help me migrate my blog. I did the whole thing myself, which I’m actually pretty proud of, but you could always pay someone to do it for you if you were worried.
Many bloggers I’ve spoken to wish to go self-hosted one day, but don’t actually get around to doing it. I wanted to actually follow through on something I’d been considering ever since I learned what self-hosted was, as well as getting a few added perks.
I switched from Blogger to WordPress, so I started using a whole other platform for my blog. I don’t necessarily prefer WordPress to Blogger, but I like how easy it is to customise and how many plugins there are for useful things. A lot of the WordPress plugins replicate things you can already do on Blogger (and as a Blogger user I was always confused at WordPress-ers boasting about plugins – like, dude I can already do that) but things like Yoast SEO have changed the way I blog and really made a difference to my site. You can also make back-ups of your blog, check your broken links, and probably add any feature you can think of to your blog.
I mentioned this in my last post too, but as a self-hosted user you are the owner of your blog! As a Blogger user your blog is owned by Google, and whilst you may or may not care about that, I decided that after two years I did care, and wanted my blog to be officially mine.
I think a major factor that puts people off becoming self-hosted is the cost. With Blogger and WordPress.com, you can spend absolutely nothing and still have a pretty good blog. If you decide to buy a domain name, you can still get away with running your blog for next to nothing.
When you go self-hosted, you have to pay for hosting, a domain, and probably a new WordPress theme. This can be quite a lot to fork out in one go, and I think I spent around £60 when I switched (around £30 each for self-hosting and a theme). It’s not necessarily big bucks, but if you don’t do your research it can add up. If you have your own domain already, look into how much hosting with your provider would cost, but don’t feel you’re limited to using them if they’re quite expensive. I migrated my domain from GoDaddy to LCN.com – my domain is a little more expensive than it was previously, but the hosting was much cheaper, and I finally have that personalised email I’ve always wanted!
Migrating my posts/comments
Migrating my posts was easy, although I did have to go through each and every one to reformat it, as one of the themes I downloaded meant every single post had a featured image – showing my main image twice at the start of every post. This was a pain, but I managed to do it at the same time as bumping up my SEO post-by-post, killing two birds with one stone.
Migrating my comments was harder, and in fact some are still missing from my older posts I think. WordPress has a different url structure to Blogger, so you have to change your structure to match Blogger’s. This made most of my comments show up, but some of my urls were different and those comments were MIA. Looking back, I should have changed the url of the post rather than the comment to avoid errors where posts linked between each other, but I can’t be bothered to do it over now.
I am glad I made the decision to go self-hosted, and it really has renewed my love for blogging. If you’re thinking of making the switch and you have any questions, leave them below and I’ll try and help you out!