I Took the Self-Hosted Plunge

I Took the Self-Hosted Plunge

After months and months of deliberating with myself I finally done it. “Should I buy my own domain? Should I go self-hosted? Should I purchase a theme? Am I ready for all of it?” These were the questions I kept asking myself and on Black Friday I finally took the plunge. On my lunch break at work, I frantically dug out my laptop from my bag, registered my new domain, chose my self-hosted plan, and picked a theme (that was the hardest part by far). With the transfer taking less than 24 hours and being ready that same evening, it meant I could spend both yesterday and today tweaking things here and there to make A Daily Dose of Holly blog ready.

I’m currently feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement as I type this knowing my new blog link will be posted across Social Media very soon. Going self-hosted sure isn’t cheap but it’s what I’ve been wanting to do for a while now, so what better time than the end of November, let’s look it as a little early Christmas present from me to me. This has been the very reason for the lack of posts recently, there’s been a lot of thinking, researching and planning that’s gone into this, but I feel I’ve made the right decision and can only hope that it’s worth it in the long run. Now it’s time for some honest opinions, what do you think of the new look? I’d appreciate any feedback in the comments below. Are you self-hosted, how do you like it? If you aren’t, would you consider it? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

If you’d like me to do a post on going self-hosted e.g. prices, plans, and who I went with, then just let me know, but for now have a great Sunday evening, I feel like this weekend has just flown in.

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  1. November 26, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    I’ve considered it before, I’d love love love for you to write about your experience, any tips, etc! Also, your site looks great!

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Keep an eye out on the blog for one soon. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. November 26, 2017 / 5:36 pm

    I’d love to hear more about you going self hosted! It’s something I’m thinking of as well and would love to read about your process! Everything looks beautiful so far though! ๐Ÿ˜„

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Keep an eye out for a post regarding it in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for the kind comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hello Bexa
    November 26, 2017 / 5:42 pm

    Your theme is absolutely gorgeous, really clean and stylish – I love it Holly ๐Ÿ’•. Iโ€™m also thinking about going self-hosted, reading this post is so encouraging to just go for it ๐Ÿ˜„. Thank you for sharing ๐Ÿ˜˜ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Thanks so much, I appreciate your kind words!! You should go for it whenever you feel the time is right ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  4. November 26, 2017 / 6:07 pm

    Your blog looks great! I would love to hear more about your process of going self hosted and which hosting site you chose! Congrats! ๐Ÿ’•

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      I’ll do a little post on that soon! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. November 26, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    Your blogs looks great- congrats on going self-hosted ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Thanks Emma!

  6. November 26, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Iโ€™d love to read more about the process of going self hosted, itโ€™s something Iโ€™ve been considering for a while now but have no idea where to start. Your blog looks really good ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      I’ll definitely do a blog post over the next couple of weeks regarding it! Thank you lovely xx

  7. November 26, 2017 / 7:22 pm

    Looks good!! Love the scrolling pictures at the top, it’s clean and easy to navigate.

    I’d like to learn more too, I pay for a domain does that mean I’m self-hosted? So, confusing.

    Keep up the good work.

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the layout – it took me forever to decide on one! That’s one of the questions I asked and I’m still trying to figure out.

      I’ll discuss this in my post!

  8. November 26, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Iโ€™ve been thinking about doing it for awhile and Iโ€™m questioning the same things. Am I ready? Is it worth it? Can I work it? Can I put my thing down flip it and reverse it? Like I would LOVE to hear your tips and how you made your decision and maybe talk a bit about why person would want to make this purchase? Thanks!

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Hahaha your response made my night! I’ll definitely do a post in the next couple of weeks regarding my self-hosting experience ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holly
      November 26, 2017 / 11:07 pm

      Thanks lovely!

  9. November 26, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    I think it looks great! You did a great job, you’ll love it because you’ll have so much more freedom. I’m self hosted and it’s not cheap but I do love it. Oh man, finding a theme is SO hard, it’s still hard!

    • Holly
      November 27, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you! Exactly, that’s one of the reasons I went self-hosted, for the freedom.

      I know, and it’ll be a lot less cheaper after my first year but it’s something I’ve been wanting to do so it’s worth it!

  10. November 26, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    I’d be interested in following your self-hosted journey!

    • Holly
      November 27, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      You can do just that in a couple of weeks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Holly
      November 27, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Thanks! It’ll be up soon!

  11. November 27, 2017 / 8:48 am

    I love this new look it’s so cool. I’d definitely like to go self hosted soon so how exactly did you do it? Which website planner did you choose? Basically a post about that would be great.

    • Holly
      November 27, 2017 / 8:58 pm

      Thank you!! It’s quite a long process, well for me it was because I done a LOT of researching. I’ll do a post on it as soon as possible.

  12. November 27, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Well done on going self hosted lovely!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’• Love the blog theme. I’d love to see a post with any tips on this as it’s something i do want to do in the future xx

    • Holly
      November 27, 2017 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you lovely!!โ˜บ๏ธ The post will be up in a couple of weeks, going to start on it this week! xx

  13. November 27, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Congrats on going self hosted girl! When I decided on my blog and such I decided on the same thing…Iโ€™m still learning stuff but it helps having a good plan and reasearching the right plugins and such to use…good going๐Ÿ˜

    • Holly
      December 1, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thank so much! Exactly, I’ll still tweaking things a week later, everything is always a work in progressโ˜บ๏ธ Best of luck girl!

  14. November 28, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    This is my next step, I’ve purchased my name and just to decide who to host with. I don’t want to leave wordpress.
    Looking forward to reading a blog post on the ins and outs.
    Your blog looks beautiful โค๏ธ

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:11 pm

      Thanks so so much lovely โค๏ธ be sure to look for my post on going self-hosted next week!

  15. November 28, 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Congratulation!! ๐Ÿ‘ It looks great! I know that choosing the theme is hard but you did a great job. โค๏ธโค๏ธ

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      It’s so hard, thank you so much!

  16. November 28, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    It looks great! And as for the post, I’d love to know who you went with. I’m looking at changing this year so I’m so interested in why everyone chose their’s! x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      That’ll be up next week! Best of luck if you change๐Ÿ˜„ hopefully places will have good deals on Boxing Day! X

  17. November 28, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    How exciting! Best of luck with going self-hosted ๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Thanks so much Rachael!

  18. November 28, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    You’ve chosen a stunning theme, it’s simplistic but the best ones always are. I especially love your festive header! Chloe x

    http://www.yourschloe.co.uk/

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:10 pm

      Awww thank you! A lovely blogger made it for me, it’s so cute x

  19. November 28, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I would really love to see how you did this and your processes and suggestions ๐Ÿ˜ All the best for your self hosted adventure!

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      The post will be up next week! Thank you๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. Tracey Best
    November 28, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Congratulations! I started my own a few months ago and it was so nerve racking but exciting at the same time!!

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      It’s a mixture of emotions isn’t it?! I’ll be sure to check out your blog.

  21. Lisa's Notebook
    November 29, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Congratulations! I know going self-hosted is a massive step so really well done and your theme is BEAUTIFUL! The layout is so clear and everything loads up really quickly and easily. I’d love to read a post on how you planned everything, please do write one! x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you for the feedback, it is much appreciated! It’ll be up sometime next week x

    • Holly
      November 30, 2017 / 6:08 pm

      Of course, the post will be up sometime next week! I know the perfect place that can help you with that so I’ll post a bit about those who are on blogger too rather than just wordpressโ˜บ๏ธ

  22. November 30, 2017 / 6:13 pm

    Our blog is self hosted too (i think), although i don’t actually understand the benefits of it. Lucy usually does all the technical stuff!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    • Holly
      December 1, 2017 / 8:48 pm

      I’ll check it out ๐Ÿ™‚ I think people see it as being more professional and being your own! I’m still learning though x

  23. December 1, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Omg I am literally at this stage of my life right now! I’m considering whether to go self-hosted too and it takes an unbelievable amount of planning and researching!! So glad to have found your blog, you give me more courage to take the plunge >< thanks for posting this, and btw you have a really pretty blog!

    Carissa xxx

    https://carissalam.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Holly
      December 18, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Don’t be afraid of taking the plunge, if it’s something you really want then go for it, what’s the worst that can happen? If you get stuck, there’s plenty of lovely bloggers who’d be more than happy to help you out. Thanks so much! x

  24. December 2, 2017 / 5:10 pm

    your blog looks absolutely stunning now, everything is so CLEAR AND PRETTY!! woo go you!! x

    • Holly
      December 2, 2017 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you so much lovely x

  25. December 2, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    Haha I just realized how similar our blog names are lol It also took me sometime to commit to a domain name that I would want forever. I knew I wanted to include my name in there somehow and it literally took me months to decide whether it was cool enough. Aside from that, deciding on how I wanted the logo and theme was stressful. So I definitely understand the hesitation.

    The theme and style of your blog is very clean. You should be proud. Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    • Holly
      December 18, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Haha true, good taste clearly lol. I feel you, presentation is key! Thank you for the lovely feedback, that means a lot x

  26. December 17, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I love being self-hosted and buying a new layout was the best thing for my blog! I think there’s this massive feeling of achievement when you’re self hosted!

    Sophie xx // One Unique

    • Holly
      December 18, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      So true, I feel like it’s a valuable investment x

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