I first published this post back in July 2015 when I first made the move from Blogspot to WordPress. I’ve seen a lot of people looking to move to a self-hosted platform so I thought I’d give this post a little refresh and republish it!
After running my blog for three years on Blogspot, I decided to make the move to a WordPress.org site and go fully self-hosted. I found Blogspot glitchy and it didn’t give me the freedom I wanted when it came to design. After moving to WordPress, I feel like I have a much more professional site that I have full control over. I’ve put together an FAQ post which will hopefully answer any burning questions and concerns you might have if migrating to WordPress is something you’re thinking about doing.
Wait, what is a ‘self-hosted’ platform?
It’s probably easier to describe what self-hosting isn’t. If your blog has wordpress.com” or “blogspot.com” (or the name of another service you use) in the URL, then you are not self-hosted. This means you’re operating your site on another domain that could disappear tomorrow. So you have little control over what happens to that domain in the future and the functionality you get is limited, and the rules of that functionality can change at any moment. (
But for the purpose of this blog post, self-hosting means that you have access to all your website files and the servers where your files are stored (i.e hosted). Everything on your website is owned by you, and you have the freedom to change them. How your website is built, is completely down to you.
As Sophie etc is here to stay for a while, I wanted a website to call my own. With WordPress, I have been able to maximise the full potential of my blog giving you a seamless reading experience on a visually appealing website. The plugins for WordPress are also a fantastic addition and allow you to fully customise your site, regardless of whether you know any HTML or not! For example, I use an SEO plugin which helps my posts get a little boost on Google. I also use a really cool contact form widget, which I would have need some serious code for on Blogspot.
There was also the practical aspect of WordPress: A majority of companies, including my current company, use WordPress as for their website. This meant I could say I had a year and a half of practical experience on WordPress – bonus points for your CV!
How easy was the process?
I’m not a developer and my HTML language is limited, so I contacted Phil from Pipdig who offers a migration package to help you move smoothly from Blogspot to WordPress. I had one minor issue with Google not redirecting my domain, but Phil was great with his support and getting all my old posts across. Phil did it so much quicker than I could have done it for myself!
Which hosting company did you use?
In order to have a self-hosted site, you need a host! When I moved, Phil’s migration package pricing was based on using Bluehost but he now used Siteground. After a bit of research, I opted for Kualo web hosting as they are a UK based company. This meant that the IP address would be from the UK and the annual cost wouldn’t fluctuate with the dollar exchange rate. Their customer support has been fantastic over the past 18 months. I’ve had two issues where my blog has gone down, but they have fixed it within a matter of minutes, even at 10pm at night!
What was the process like?
All I had to do was set up an account with Kualo, then sent my logins to Phil so he could transfer everything across to WordPress. After a few hours, all my posts were across and I was live on WordPress!
Was it expensive?
The initial outgoing for the migration was fairly steep, especially because I used Kualo. (It isn’t more expensive than others, but Kualo isn’t included in Phil’s migration package). Phil now uses Siteground so the pricing has changed since I moved – he now charges £95 for the whole move, plus a theme, and then you have to purchase the WordPress hosting.
My outgoing costs came to around £150 in the end, which isn’t much in the grand scheme of things. My annual hosting on Kualo is around £50 per year and this pays for itself. Other than the initial outlay, the cost of maintaining your self-hosted site is fairly low. I’m glad I decided to get help as opposed to bodging an online tutorial!
Were there any issues?
Not particularly – some of my images didn’t transfer properly so I had to re-upload a few. Also, WordPress has categories and tags for blog posts, and none of these transferred across because they are two completely different sites. I lost a few comments, but all in all it was a smooth move.
What do I do if I want to migrate from Blogspot to WordPress?
Do your research and decide if its something you definitely want to do. Work out all the costs involved: annual hosting, migration costs and design costs. I would recommend getting someone to help you out if possible, purely because it took out a lot of hassle for me. Phil from Pipdig has great customer service and is always happy to answer any questions about the migration!
I hope you found this post useful if you’re thinking about migrating from Blogspot to WordPress. I’ve not looked back since moving from Blogger, I’m so much happier with my self-hosted site!