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 wordpress.com 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: wordpress.com 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 wordpress.org installation and the dashboard page is almost identical to the wordpress.com 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 wordpress.com 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!