It’s truly a dream come true to have my own domain and self-hosted blog and I thought making the move is a piece of cake. IT’S NOT. Online articles, tutorials and Q&A portion with friends were a big help yet, there were still those nerve-wracking times trying to absorb every website terms, working on trial and error and keeping my composure and patience at the end of the day. To be honest, I almost lost my sanity in the process. 😀
Setting up a self-hosted blog has brought immeasurable amount of experiences and lessons. It’s rewarding to see the revamped jansellbiskwit.com now – up and running! Ending the drama there, I am sharing with you a step by step guide on how I moved from WordPress.com to a self-hosted blog.
1. Be ready. It took me years to take the plunge until Fhabs and I were ready for it last December 2016. Know why you want the blog in the first place. Visualize your goals and think long term. Also, you’ll spend for hosting service and website expert (optional) so be financially prepared.
2. Research. My blog is in WordPress.com thus, I study everything related to it. It’s also best to consult an expert to help you in decision-making and teach you a thing or two about getting self-hosted site. See the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
3. Choose a hosting service. There are lots of good hosting services you can choose from so take time to search and know what suits you best. I chose GoDaddy for my domain and hosting because it’s less complicated, affordable and recommended by colleagues. I paid P3,476 (on promo) for the hosting (1-year term) with a free domain (1-year term).
4. Install WordPress. Upon purchasing the domain and hosting, you are to create a GoDaddy account which allows you to set up and manage your self-hosted website/blog and email (optional).
6. Import content into self-hosted blog. This was the most stressful part when I set up the blog. I tried to import the exported content from WordPress.com blog but it displayed an error as the maximum file size allowed was only 2MB. I even contacted GoDaddy Customer support to address the issue but it didn’t help. I tried to consult a colleague and gave me specifics.
Install Increase Max Upload Filesize and follow this:Go to Tools -> Upload Max Filesize to see your current status. If the current status shows that your ‘upload_max_filesize’ is 32M or greater, the plugin has worked. If the current status shows that your ‘upload_max_filesize’ is less than 32M, first wait at least 30 minutes. Some servers are slower than others. If it still does not change after 30 minutes, it may be because your server does not recognize php.ini, and only recognizes php5.ini. So, please check the box labeled “USE php5.ini INSTEAD OF php.ini” and click the blue button once. Then, check your current status again after a few minutes.
7. Choose a theme. WordPress.org has a wide range of themes depending on your preference.
8. Install Jetpack for WordPress. From providing essential widgets/tools to allowing you migrate/transfer WordPress.com followers, Jetpack is surely a lifesaver. 9. Migrate followers from WordPress.com.
Log into WordPress.com user account. Go to Settings then click Migrate followers from another WordPress.com blog.Select your WordPress.com site and click Migrate. You will receive an email notification right and after migration.Read: Subscription Migration Tool
10. Experiment and have fun! There’s no better feeling than seeing the fruits of your labor, right? Don’t be afraid to try, experiment and work your guts out towards a successful blog move. Enjoy the journey!
P.S. If you have additional tips, information or questions, please comment below and let’s help each other out! 🙂