Why go self hosted?

I have finally taken the plunge to go self hosted. Little me with my tiny blog in a world with gazillions of other blogs. Fighting the way through for decent page views, visitor numbers and of course doing everything known to man to try to increase my DA.

why go self hosted

So this is my account of what it’s like to go self hosted and why I did.

It’s been over 14 months since I started blogging. I chose to go on blogger as it was very simple to set up for a newbie like me. I don’t have a lot of web experience so the simpler they better.
Now 14 months later I felt as if I had out grown my blog. I wanted to add bits that you are unable to do on blogger. During my 14 months there I have changed my them and header design a few times but you are just limited with what you can do.

So I have taken the plunge into the big scary world of self hosting.

A week after going self hosted I can say now it’s the best thing I have done.

The sky is now the limit!

I’m tweaking bits and bobs every day to get it to how I want.

My newest feature I’m so proud of are my gorgeous sharing buttons! I just love them!

pink social media sharing buttons
By joining WordPress self hosted I have discovered this whole new world that you are completely oblivious to on blogger. I now know what a plugin is!

Yes I love plugins! There are thousands to browse and try out. I tried loads before I managed to find the perfect sharing buttons for me with thanks to the tribal chat ladies who pointed me in the right direction.

Self hosted means you have your own domain. I know you can have a vanity domain on blogger as that is what I had . You can also have your own email address and mailbox on self hosted. Mine is simply admin@rachelbustin.com.

One of the great things is that you can customise your blog with your own theme if you design websites. Or you can choose from hundreds of themes readily available and then tinker around with colours, sliders and what not.

You can place adverts on your blog where ever you like. Make a bit of money at the same time. But remember if you do make even a penny don’t forget to register with HMRC.

I went with TSO HOST when I decided to move to self hosted. I had heard lots of good thing about them from other bloggers. I can say that they were excellent while moving me over. The customer service was superb. I’m a bit of a numpty when it comes to things like websites and stuff so they were very patient with me and everything was achieved that I needed.

TSO HOST also offer a free migration service so they will move all your content over from a free platform like they did with me from blogger. All my posts and comments arrived over safely.


I have a 10% off code for UK Hosting if you do decide to change and go self hosted. I recommend it!


Are you self hosted? If not do you plan to go self hosted?rachelbustin.com

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  1. 28th September 2016 / 7:01 pm

    Well done – it does look fab. I went self-hosted in August and also love it. I am like you but not as brave as I got someone to do it for me. But I am learning as I go. My DA has gone down from when it was WordPress but I’m not sure if that’s because it hasn’t updated. I’m learning about widgets and plug ins fast. Who knew these things would be in our world!

    • Rachel
      28th September 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Good for you! Self hosted is the best! Yes lots to learn and plugins are fab. The best decision I’ve made. Your DA will climb back up in no time xx

  2. Ashleigh
    2nd September 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I am contemplating it.

    Can I just ask what your average DA was on blogger before you went self hosted? I’m unsure when to take the step as I’ve only been blogging 8 months.

    • Rachel
      2nd September 2016 / 9:32 pm

      I was blogging for 16 months before I went self hosted. I wish I did it sooner. My DA on blogger was around 22. But since I’ve gone self hosted I have put lots more work in and it’s gone up to 28. It took me while to build up the courage to do it. xx

  3. 13th July 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Yay well done Rachel! I haven’t braved it yet I can’t face it, but I have bought my domain name and ‘mapped it’ (whatever that means) so my free WordPress site is actually on my domain…. Or something! It all looks wonderful and must be great to have the freedom.

  4. Sharon Rivers
    13th July 2016 / 4:57 pm

    I’m glad it went well for you.. Your blog looks great! X

  5. Christine Dodd
    13th July 2016 / 12:52 pm

    I want to do it, but I’m scared!!

  6. 13th July 2016 / 11:59 am

    It’s so pretty! Well done – a few heart in mouth moments, right?! I wish I’d gone self-hosted from the start as it gives so much more freedom, but it is scary as…! #tribe

  7. 13th July 2016 / 7:47 am

    I did this recently, was so scary, but I am so glad I did it. Glad it all went well for you x

  8. 13th July 2016 / 7:13 am

    Your blog is looking fab Rachel! I absolutely love it, it looks so slick. I agree that once you’ve gone self hosted, you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner – so many possibilities and a plugin for everything xx #triballove

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