No longer than a few minutes!
No technical skills needed. As easy as checking your email.
If you are thinking of moving to a Self-hosted WordPress site, we’ve put together this guide to help you. Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as it sounds!
The first step to getting Self-hosted (WordPress.org) is choosing a new host where you’re going to run WordPress from.
As far as choosing the host you want to use, you are free to pick any host you want. We highly recommend using SiteGround for many reasons, one of them being that they are officially recommended by WordPress themselves.
Another important reason, is when you’re moving your blog you will need to run an “import” to migrate all your content over. When doing so, it puts a high load on the hosting company’s database. Most other hosts (Like BlueHost, HostGator, iPage etc.) have a limit to this process, so in most cases it will never manage to complete the import before shutting down the server – which then means that not all of your content gets moved over. SiteGround don’t have any limits, so you can always be 100% sure that your content will get transferred over!
To read our full review on why we recommend them, please click here.
Signing up should be pretty straight forward. To start off with, you can use the button below and get 60% discount:
SiteGround has 3 different plans available. We recommend the GrowBig package as you will not have to worry about outgrowing your blog as your audience and traffic increases. Another feature is the high level of caching which means faster load time if you have a lot of pictures on your blog. You can always upgrade or downgrade to a different plan any time you want!
You will now be asked to register a domain name. If you already have a domain name you wish to use, just select the “I already have a domain”. Then put in your domain name in the box and click proceed.
Next you just fill in your personal details. This should be pretty self-explanatory up until you are asked to fill out the following fields:
Data Center: The data center will automatically be selected based on your location, but if you want a different data center you have the option to select a different one by clicking the small button next to the dropdown (we recommend leaving it as-is).
Period: The standard period is 12 months but you can also register for longer. The default of 12 months is perfectly fine if you are not sure WordPress is for you. With SiteGround you also get a 30-day money-back guarantee. We do not recommend selecting the 1-month trial, as it has a $24.95 setup-fee which is not returned should you want a refund.
Extra Services: You do not need any of the offered extra services. The essential features that are included in all plans are more than enough to keep your site fast and secure! However, if you are registering a new domain, please read the next section about Domain Privacy.
Domain Privacy: If you are going to register your domain using your name and personal address, we recommend that you consider signing up for Domain Privacy because this information will become publicly available on the Internet through the whois service.
Once you’re done, you can check-out and that’s all there is to it!
Now you have your hosting purchased, we’re ready to install WordPress.