An Idiots Guide To Going Self-Hosted

It was something I’d been considering for a while, and there seemed no better time to take the leap than when I was off for half term. At least this way if there were any disasters I’d be on hand to sort them out. In hindsight, this was a wise move but (touch wood) at the moments things are running smoothly.

It’s slightly embarrassing that I’m so rubbish at the techy side, considering I’m responsible for ICT in my department and my husband has a 1st class degree in Computing, but I am. So if I can manage to move my blog over to self-hosting, anyone can. Honestly!!

When I asked about moving to self-hosted a lot of people said it was easy, but provided very few details beyond that. My experience is moving from a account so details may differ from other blog hosters, but hopefully a few people out there will find this useful:

Step 1: Decide which company you are going to choose to do your hosting. I chose TSOHosting on several recommendations, and because they would do the blog migration for you. Their rates are very reasonable, their cheapest package is £15 for 12 months.

Step 2: Decide on your package, and order online. You can make a one off payment or sign up for a monthly package (slightly more expensive), and payment can be made via paypal or card.

Step 3: TSO will email you log in details to their “cloud” page and from there you can request the free migration, which will move all the posts, pic etc from your existing host. Word of warning: don’t allow full access to their files so there may be slight differences to the look of your new blog, but hopefully nothing too drastic (I had to reload my header and a few of my widgets hadn’t moved across) I would also suggest downloading the wordpress installation at this point through your new host and make a note of your login details.

Step 4: Once the migration has taken place, and you are happy with it you will need to change the nameservers on your blog. This is something I didn’t have a clue about and had to google. Please click here for details, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

Step 5: Once you have completed step 4, it may take some time for the new changes to be recognised so give it some time. Do not try to reinstall the wordpress app as this will result in you losing your migration details, so it is really important you have your original login details safe.

Once the migration has taken place, you can log into the installation and the dashboard page is almost identical to the one. It was fairly straightforward but not without it’s panicky moments. When the migration first took place, only Novembers posts were copied across and the not so helpful man on the end of the phone tried to fob me off to do the rest myself! Luckily, the rest of the TSO staff were fantastic and a lovely girl who picked up my support ticket sorted the re-migration and this time it all worked perfectly.

At the moment my new self-hosted blog is up and running, and I’m pretty chuffed with it (just ask my husband, I think he’s sick of hearing me talk about it!). I have “lost” the followers from my account but I have asked for them to be transferred over and am currently waiting to hear back from the wordpress staff. Next step is to get my head around plug-ins. It’s like a whole new world!


  1. February 17, 2014 / 9:46 pm

    I was hoping someone would do a post like this. Unfortunately I am more than an idiot with IT. What do you mean by WordPress installation? Also your ‘here’ link doesn’t seem to work but that might be my tech. Also I thought self hosted had plugins instead of widgets, is that right? If so does that mean they changed your widgets for u, or am I talking nonsense. Sorry for the questions, brilliant to hear fro. Someone with first hand experience x

    • February 17, 2014 / 9:56 pm

      When I was on the tso hosting cloud page there’s a link at the bottom to install and then you can enter your blog management through there. I just checked my ‘here’ and it worked but that may be because I’m logged in to wordpress at the moment so will check again in the morning.

      I thought they only had plug ins too, but there are some widgets that have transferred across from my original blog and some plugins magic themselves into widgets once installed and they can then be used like they were in

      Glad to have been helpful and if you have any other questions please ask and I will do my best to answer them, but as you’ve probably gathered I’m nowhere near to being an expert 🙂

      • February 17, 2014 / 10:01 pm

        Thank you. I guess my only other question is do u wish u had done it earlier? I have only been goin a couple of weeks, would it be easier to do it now or would it make no difference in terms of what u need to fix when u get there?

        • February 17, 2014 / 10:10 pm

          In all honesty, yes I wish I’d done it earlier. I’ve “lost” my wordpress followers and in the process of trying to get them redirected so I have had moments when I’ve wished I’d done it before, but saying that it has been useful to use to get my head around everything before moving so there’s pros and cons of both. Glad I’ve got it over and done with so I suppose that answers your question! x

          • February 17, 2014 / 10:13 pm

            Thanks again. Sorry for harrassing you! That’s really helpful x

          • February 17, 2014 / 10:16 pm

            Please don’t apologise, I was the same before going. Asking anyone and everyone for hints and tips! x

  2. February 18, 2014 / 11:00 am

    can i ask why you decided to go self hosted lovely? I see a lot of people do but i’m not too sure of the benefits? Very useful post should i do decide to follow suit 🙂 x

    • February 18, 2014 / 12:02 pm

      Good question, the control freak in me likes the idea that it’s all mine and I have full control over it, although I did like the safety net of I saw it as a bit of a challenge to try and learn a bit more and building a web page.
      I was still very undecided but I’d agreed to co-host a new linky for new bloggers (BinkyLinky) but then discovered the day before it was supposed to go live that don’t let you run JavaScript so it wouldn’t show on my blog. At that point I thought, Sod it, just going to go for it and hope for the best!
      There’s still a lot of tinkering to do but hoping to get a change to do that tomorrow as Little O is going to nana’s for the day 🙂

  3. February 18, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    I can still see you on my reader but it’s a bit strange having to sign in to comment. Also the preview pane doesn’t work the same, but once I’m in, I can see that it is all looking very pretty!

    • February 18, 2014 / 9:16 pm

      Glad you found me, I’m in the process of trying to get WordPress to move my followers across but I’ve not heard back. I’ve still got quite a lot of tinkering still to do, so please bear with me. I seem to be spending a lot of my time playing with plug-ins at the min. Strange little things!

  4. March 1, 2014 / 7:06 am

    wow very impressive. im on my phone but going to favourite this page on laptop 😉

  5. March 6, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    I’m using blogger at the mo, can i move my blog across like you did, do you know?? i’ve only been going 2 months but would like to move now before I really get going.

    • March 6, 2014 / 1:08 pm

      Yes, I’m pretty sure you can. I think it should be easier for you because blogger will allow full access to your files.
      I think it’s easier to move earlier rather than later, I lost quite a lot of comments from earlier posts on the migration 🙁
      Good luck, let me know if you have any further questions x

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