Should you go self-hosted with your blog? How to do it and what is means


I have spoken before about my move from Wix to WordPress, as well as my blogging journey. But I’ve never really written about how I went self-hosted and my thoughts months later about my decision.

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What does going self-hosted mean?

When you start off blogging you’re probably using a free site, such as WordPress.com or Blogger. These sites are quick and easy to use to set up a basic site for your blog. But if you want to unlock more features to your blog and have it look more unique and professional, then this is where self-hosted comes in.

Self-hosted sites mean you have the control over your website, you can find a web host provider and work with them to create your site. You can have a custom domain that you have bought yourself and you can customise your site and make any changes you want to.

Why should you go self-hosted?

• You can have a lot more control over your blog. You can add a custom theme that doesn’t have to be bought from WordPress and can alter it to suit your needs.

• You can have a vast range of plugins to really let you mould your site to the way you want it. This includes adding analytics function to your site’s dashboard, including social media feeds on your blog and creating email subscriber lists.

• You can monetise your blog however you want, you’re not restricted by the rules and regulations of WordPress.com.

• Your blog will look more professional, standing out from the crowd with a custom-built theme and plugins to suit your readers.

• Depending on the company you choose to be your web host, you will have more access to support to aid your blog.

Click here for a list of reasons to go self-hosted, created by Lyrical Host.

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How did I become self-hosted and why?

I wanted to become self-hosted because I wanted a customisable blog that I was in control of. I had seen plenty of blogger friends with beautiful sites and I wanted to be one of them, rather than the clunky site I was using via Wix. I was sick of my website’s constant bugs and the lack of support from Wix, so I looked for a solution.

I enquired online about sites that people used for their self-hosted blogs and one that really stuck out to me was Lyrical Host. These guys are a small business run online that agreed to help move my blog from Wix to WordPress. This was a BIG task and they managed it at a very reasonable cost and very promptly. The whole process was really exciting and I loved seeing my blog evolve into a much more professional and user-friendly site.

What does it meant to go self-hosted on your blog and why is everyone doing it? This blog will help you understand what this means and if you should join the bloggers choosing to go self-hosted. Including an affiliate link to Lyrical Host.

Who are Lyrical Host?

I wanted to offer a huge shout out to Lyrical Host throughout this blog post. They offer an amazing service and I couldn’t run my blog without them. Their support is so quick and thorough, they are always looking to offer the best they can and as a customer, I really appreciate that.

Here are a few of their strongest points if you’re looking to choose a web host, they:

• Are speedy and efficient when answering any and all support tickets
• Go above and beyond to deliver the very best service
• Offer free resources and blog posts to help you
• Are very reasonably priced
• Are easy to use
• Work with charities and really value their customers.

You can use my affiliate link to join the Lyrical Host family and have them help you with your web hosting. They make the process so easy. They handle so many clients with different needs and offer packages on their website to suit everyone. I am on the Tiny package, for a small to medium-sized blogger I think this package is perfect, I don’t need any more than this and it covers the support for my blog too.

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How do I feel now about my decision to go self-hosted?

Honestly, I am so glad I chose to do this. My blog has never been so popular, I’ve been able to really develop my writing and my posting schedule because of this new site. I know what I’m doing and how to customise parts of my website and if I don’t then the team at Lyrical Host are always on hand to help. I don’t think I could have picked a better website host.

On Lyrical Host’s website they say:

Spend less time worrying about hosting, and more time writing, planning, recording, collaborating, creating, sharing, developing. More time for what you love. Managed hosting without the usual managed hosting price tag.

I would say this is a 100% accurate statement. Lyrical Host has taken the pressure entirely off of my shoulders and have given me the perfect blog.

If you choose to go with Lyrical Host to help bring your blog to the next level and make it the best it can be, please consider using my affiliate link. This will help me to cover the costs of my very own blog so that I can keep writing posts for you lovely readers!

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  • Reply The Bookish God 19/01/2019 at 1:20 am

    I have definitely been thinking about going self-hosted for a while now. I feel like my blog could be more accessible and the layout could be less confusing! Are you able to design the layout of your blog or even the theme?

    Loved this post! Made me think!

    • Reply BooksNest 20/01/2019 at 9:34 am

      If you choose to buy a theme, you have so many routes you can go down to customise it. That’s also something Lyrical Host were really helpful with for me, they helped me get my blog looking exactly as I wanted it!

  • Reply Bookmarks and Ink 19/01/2019 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve had my blog for about three months now and already WP.com has been so expensive. I’ve been confused about whether switching to self-hosted would cost more, and how I’d switch, etc. Lyrical Host looks so affordable and efficient, so I’ll have a look into giving them a go. Thanks so much, this post is really helpful 🙂

    • Reply BooksNest 20/01/2019 at 9:35 am

      You’re very welcome! Honestly, they are so affordable, I decided to pay for my first year upfront and I have saved so much money. Don’t forget that my discount code BOOKSNEST10 will make it even more affordable!

  • Reply tiffany @ read by tiffany 20/01/2019 at 1:24 am

    This is such a helpful and informative post! Was there a reason you choose Lyrical Host over Blue Host? I’m considering going self-hosted sometime this year potentially, and I’ll definitely be referencing you whenever I do 🙂

    • Reply BooksNest 20/01/2019 at 9:37 am

      Thanks Tiffany! My main reason was the attention to detail I saw from Lyrical Host. There is a much more personal touch to their service, it’s no a huge business so they have more time to spend on their customers. They’re service is excellent and they are always get back to me super fast whenever I log a ticket. Generally, I just couldn’t see why I’d go with anyone else, these guys are very affordable, I’m supporting a smaller business, I’m getting great customer service and they really know their stuff!

  • Reply Madi 29/01/2019 at 12:47 am

    I’d love to go self hosted one day, but cost is my main block. Self hosting would allow me to have a much more attractive blog and adapt it to what I need, so hopefully someday I can make it!

    • Reply BooksNest 29/01/2019 at 7:31 pm

      It’s definitely a brilliant route to go down! Maybe you could ask for a year subscription as a Birthday or Christmas present? Lyrical Host have such good prices, I think I paid about £100 for my year’s subscription which was fab!

  • Reply Jeanette 04/02/2019 at 5:19 pm

    It sounds like a great deal and like how service minded they sound. I’ve had self hosted blog before, but never got a service like they have. I wish to start a book blog again, but been hesitating a while as I don’t know how popular book blogs are now. I mean, do people still like them? 🙂 I’m on Instagram with my book obsession, but deep inside I’m a little eager to blog about books again. But maybe not to just have books as a topic, maybe have a couple of topics. But I don’t know…O could sure need ideas 🙂

    • Reply BooksNest 11/02/2019 at 8:24 pm

      I can certainly say from my own experience that people still like them. They’re very popular, but I’d also say that you should write what you love anyway, regardless of if it’s popular at the moment.

  • Reply Philippa Claire 23/02/2019 at 1:49 pm

    This is amazing advice, thank you so much! I’ve wanted to go self hosted for a while, but all the recommended sites ask you to pay for a year upfront, which is just mad when you’re a new blogger! This one looks awesome, can’t wait to try it out!

    • Reply BooksNest 24/02/2019 at 7:14 am

      I’m glad I managed to offer a cheaper solution, they’re honestly just excellent!

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