Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

Hi there! I hope you’re doing well. Happy Saturday to you! ❤ For this post, I have decided to feature a lovely blogger I know in a new type of spotlight! My good friend, Oxria, recently went self-hosted (you can find her new site here!), and I can’t tell you how happy I am for her! She has been wanting to do this for a while, and I must say that her new domain is absolutely wonderful. ❤ I know that it would make her so happy if you could check out and subscribe to her new blog! I promise you, it will be worth it to see her posts show up in your Reader! She shares her beautiful art, gorgeous photography, and she’s a budding vlogger, too – there’s no way I could dislike any of what she shares.

The topic of this post is on Oxria’s going self-hosted experience! She was very sweet and answered some of the questions I had about how it worked for her to switch domains, and I’m really excited to share those informative answers with you today. Make sure to let us know in the comments below if her story has encouraged or inspired you, and I’m sure she’d love to answer any questions you have! Let’s get right into this!


Bloggers Going Self-Hosted –
Featuring Oxria

1. Why did you decide to go self-hosted?

The reason why I decided to go self-hosted is because I wanted to have full control of my blog and the thought of my blog just being oxria.com sounded so cool to me! 🙂

2. Which host are you using?

I’m using BlueHost. I read a lot about different hosts before switching my blog to self-hosted and BlueHost seemed like the best option to me (I liked the plans they offer).

3. Was it easy to make the switch? Why or why not?

Hmm, I wouldn’t say it was too hard. A not-so-easy part, for me, was saving enough money. Unfortunately, going self-hosted isn’t free (I’m sure everyone already knows that). But yeah, switching was pretty easy. The hardest thing about it though, is getting used to having full control of my website. Being in charge of everything can get overwhelming. I’m sure I’ll slowly get used to it, though. 😀

4. Which aspects of having your own website
are you most excited about?

As I said, one of the aspects I’m very excited about is having my own domain (oxria.com instead of oxria.wordpress.com)! Another thing that I love about it is the customization. I can now change anything and make it look the way I want. The new blog theme I’ve chosen also makes me very excited (I’ve been wanting to buy that theme for a year! It’s one of my favourite themes out there!).

5. Is there anything you’re still figuring out?

Oh yeah, pretty much everything, haha. I lost access to my website the other day, because I changed the URL and apparently you’re not supposed to do that (there’s a lot of things I have to learn), and I thought, “This is it. I’ve lost my blog.” Thanks to a tutorial on YouTube, I managed to get it back, but oh boy – wasn’t that a stressful experience! I’m still trying to figure out how everything works, how to change the font (I know it’s basic stuff, but I’m a newbie), how to make the photos quality better and a lot of other things.

6. What are some posts coming up
that you’re excited about writing and sharing?

I want to share more of my personality on oxria.com. I don’t have any particular posts in mind just yet, but I’m very excited to continue sharing experiences from my daily life, as well as drawings I make. 😀

7. Would you recommend that other bloggers
go self-hosted, too?

I think it really depends on what you want. If you want to have your own domain and full control of your blog, go self-hosted! If not, sticking to a free blogging platform is completely fine!

“I definitely think everyone should read about the differences between a free blog and a self-hosted blog before deciding whether or not to make the switch.”


I’d like to thank Oxria for collaborating with me on this post, and a huge thanks to you for reading it! I love seeing what bloggers who go self-hosted accomplish on their new websites, because customization and having your own “brand,” so to say, is really exciting.

If you are a blogger who has also gone self-hosted,
email me at dreamingofguatemala@yahoo.com
for a chance to be spotlighted on one of these posts!

Let us know in the comments below:

What are YOUR questions
about going self-hosted?

Happy Easter weekend to you!

— Maggie

43 thoughts on “Bloggers Going Self-Hosted | Oxria’s Story

  1. Definitely going to check her out! Personally I haven’t really thought about switching to self hosted just because I am fairly new blogger and need to get the hang of it for now but it may be something for the future. Thanks for the inspiration and the details though!

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    1. Aww it was my pleasure! I loved reading them, it was definitely informative. 🙂 Also, a friend of mine just commented and had a question for you, if you’d like to go answer it! xx

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  2. It would be cool to be self-hosted, I know you have a lot more customization options for your site, but right now I am pretty happy with my blog. How much does it cost to go self-hosted? I want to know that before I consider making the switch. I also have a free website I made about me and my life with http://www.websitebuilder.com and would love to get my own domain for that website. Again, I want to make sure I have the money, and I am pretty happy with my site right now, but may consider switching in the future.
    Really great post!!
    Cheers!
    Brad

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    1. Hi there! I paid around 90$ including Tax, for a year of hosting using BlueHost (I chose their cheapest hosting plan). They offer a discount for the first plan you purchase.
      The total price will be lower for you, since you’re from Canada (I checked your home page, haha :D). So if you were to choose BlueHost and their cheapest plan too, you would pay around 70$ for hosting and domain privacy protection for a year (unless you choose other extras too). But that’s the price with the discount. The price will be back to normal after the first year and you’ll have to pay a little more.
      I hope I helped you! 🙂

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  3. This was so informative and inspiring! I have thought about going self-hosted, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. Thanks so much for sharing and being so supportive of other bloggers. I really love that! ❤

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  4. I’ve got a question: If I were to upgrade to the WordPress Premium plan for $8/month, does that mean I’ll be “self hosting”? I’m sort of confused by all the research I’ve done, which is telling me so many different things! 🙂

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    1. Great question, Megan! I know a lot of bloggers wonder the same thing. 🙂 Going self-hosted is a pretty tedious process, which consists of transferring your blog name, posts, and even pages to a whole new place on the internet. By upgrading on WordPress, however (I’ve been paying for the Personal blog plan for nearly a year now!), you get your own domain, better customization features, no ads, and more, but without complete control of your site. I highly recommend getting a plan through WordPress, it makes blogging so much better!

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  5. Ohhhh I definitely have to follow her new self hosted blog! Thanks for sharing this I love this idea it’s perfect! I can’t wait to see more and even participate sometime myself.💛✨

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