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5 Benefits of Self-Hosting

Hello everyone and welcome back to another Blogger’s Guide post! Last May, I have decided to finally go self-hosted and if you’re interested to read about my self-hosting experience, you can check out My Self Hosting Process. For today’s post, I will be telling the benefits of self-hosting so if you’re still confused whether to self-host or not, then this post might help you!

Benefits of Self-Hosting

First, what is self-hosting?

Self-hosting, in the simplest terms, is when you have access to all of your website files and the server where those files are stored. You own those files and ultimately have the freedom to change them anytime you want. You also get to decide how your site is built, from the ground and up.Here’s a really good analogy: self-hosting is like owning your own home instead of renting an apartment. When you have your own home, you are responsible for everything and everything you have is your own but when renting an apartment, you’re kind of restricted and you don’t own the structure but you may own the content. The same goes for self-hosting and sticking with free hosting sites. Source: https://www.janefriedman.com/website-self-hosting

So if you want to own all of your content, customize your own site with no restrictions at all, add plugins to improve your site, then you should go try self-hosting! However, there are also disadvantages in self-hosting like when your site goes down, it will be your problem to solve and you are also responsible for the site backups- except when you include backup for your hosting plan. – Originally posted in: Writings by JM: Why I Chose Hostinger As My Web-Hosting Provider | My Total Costs

Now, let’s me share the benefits you can have when you go self-hosted.

1. You have more freedom for your site and you take control. You do you.

While your content is YOUR OWN when using WordPress.com free plan or other blogging platforms free plan, you have limited choices and control over your site. They can also take your site down with or without notice or cause which would definitely feel terrible for a blogger. Going self-hosted means you could really do anything that you like with no restrictions at all.

2. You can customize your site.

This is pretty much a continuation of no. 1 but as I have said so many times already, you can customize your site freely. When I was using a WordPress free plan, I couldn’t really install themes that I like and I couldn’t add codes in my site. Now that I am self-hosted, I am so satisfied with how my site turned out. One of the best feelings ever when migrating to a self-hosted site is the customization. It’s so fun and so free!

3. You can add plugins.

As of now, I really do have a lot of plugins installed. One of the most important plugins is of course, Jetpack, so even though I am not hosted in WordPress, I am still connected to WordPress and you all can still see my site in WordPress Reader. Most of the plugins I have are for free!

4. It is more professional.

I have experienced not being accepted to brands or companies that I apply to because I don’t have my own domain. Whilst you can purchase your own domain in WordPress.com, going self-hosted offers a lot more opportunities. If you decide to go self-hosted, Hostinger has a lot of plans you can choose from + they have a lot of freebies like Free SSL Certificate!

5. You can monetize your site.

Yes, one of the benefits of self-hosting is because your site is more professional with its own domain and probably with your site customization, you can now monetize your blog! When I finished setting up my blog, I immediately applied to affiliate marketing sites and Google Adsense. It took me a lot of time before I got accepted to Adsense. If you see ads in my site, it’s because I finally got accepted and it’s one way for me to earn a little income. The income is little, but one has got to start!


Having a self-hosted blog is fun and pretty amazing. I even set up a shop in my site for my digital artworks so if you’re looking for art prints to hang in your wall, check out my shop! If you are a beauty blogger or a blogger who does reviews of products and if you’re consistent with your content, brands will most likely reach out to you or accept you immediately when you have a self-hosted blog.

These are the benefits of self-hosting! If you’re looking for a cheap but fast web-hosting provider, check out Hostinger! Fun fact, I got self hosted for a total of 2,294 Php (or $45.20) in Hostinger! Check out this post to know my self-hosting process and my total costs.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope this will help you if you’re still deciding whether or not to go self-hosted! Check out my other self-hosting posts:

My Self-Hosting Process | Why I Chose Hostinger As My Web-Hosting Provider | My Total Costs | Free Themes + How I Customized My Site

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33 Comments

  1. Ikaw talaga nag convince sakin mag self-host eh 😂

    1. Hahaha worth it kasi talaga ate! <3

  2. When I read this, I also read your previous post about Hostinger and I totally loved it!!! HAHAHA I actually commented on that post and asked you a few questions, I hope you can help me. huhuhaha Thanks, Jirah! <3

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Elle! 🙂

      Sana talaga makatulong ako in some way! <3

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  4. Hi Jirah! Self hosting sounds like a lot of fun. I’ve seen a couple self hosted sites and they look really professional and just… Fantastic!!
    I don’t know when I’ll be ready to self host my site, but I’m gonna have to try it sometime!
    -Evin

  5. Great post! Loved the analogy between renting & owning a house. Have pinned for future reference 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I really love that analogy too! 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and I really hope this will help you! <3

  6. Thanks for always putting up a helpful blog post about self-hosting, Jirah! I think I’ll go for it! My WordPress plan and my domain will expire at the end of the month, I haven’t replied back to your email but I will reach you out there for more questions and future help. Haha!

    1. You’re welcome, Marron! Thank you so much for reading and I’m so glad my posts could help you. Sure thing! My emails are always open. I can’t wait to see how your site will look once you finish setting it up!! 🙂 🙂

  7. Thank you for following me lovely 😍 Great post. When I won’t have free space on WordPress I will go self-hosted. I’m just afraid to loose my content

    1. You’re very much welcome! It’s very nice to meet you and I loved your blog! <3

      Thank you so much. Your content won’t lose when you decide to migrate to a self-hosted blog. 🙂 But that’s so true, WordPress free has a limited GB of storage.

      1. I also love your blog ❤️ Thank you so much!

        Oh, I guess some bloggers had problems with it. It seems also wonderful to just own your blog. I can’t wait for what the future has in store for our blogs 🔮✨

  8. This is great! Self hosting is a great idea and I might go for it next year when I find more time for it.

    1. Self hosting is so great! 🙂 Best of luck when you decide to go self-hosted! x

  9. Very helpful, thank you. This is the next step for us. We decided to use free WP to start and see how we go. If things get more serious, we will definitely go for it.

    1. You’re welcome! You can check out Hostinger’s plans (it’s what I currently use) which comes from a really affordable price! Here’s the link if you’d like to check it: https://www.hostg.xyz/SH3QD

      I also made posts about self-hosting and if you’d love to read it, here’s the link: https://writingsbyjm.com/my-self-hosting-process/

      Subscribed to your blog and I love it! <3

      1. Thank you for the resources and for visiting us, too!

        1. You’re welcome! I can’t wait to read your posts! ✨

  10. Not self hosting from the beginning of my blog is one of the biggest mistakes I have made with it. I am paying for it even now!

    Brilliant advice for new bloggers and a reminder to go self hosted for us all. It really does make a huge difference x

    1. Same here! I wasn’t self-hosted for 4 years and I was wondering what could be the difference if I got self-hosted before. But oh well, what’s done is done! At least I get to experience both! <3

      Thank you for commenting! <3

  11. Serena says:

    I definitely think that having a self-hosted blog is a good idea if you want to monetise your blog and make it look more professional! Thanks for sharing!

    1. So true! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Highly appreciated! x

  12. I’ve been thinking about going self-hosted for a while but I’m not sure I’m quite ready yet!

    Tash // A Girl with a View

  13. I always find your posts about self-hosting super helpful! I really want to move to a self-hosted site but I need to wait for my plan to finish since I’ve already paid for an year.

    1. Thank you so much, Pooja! <3
      When will your plan finish?

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  15. This is useful! I’m going to self host soon and this is pushing me to do it now!

    1. Thank you so much for reading, Tom!

      Have you checked out My Self-Hosting Process? You can click this link: https://writingsbyjm.com/my-self-hosting-process/ and you can see how I migrated my site + what are my total costs!

      Tell me if you decide to do it! 🙂

      1. I will do

  16. Hi there, Jirah! Thanks for this. Actually I’ve been planning to self-host in a while but I can’t seem to settle for Bluehost (pricey and complicated for me). I thought that WordPress.com plans would be enough but I guess not. Just wondering, when did you know that it’s the perfect time for you to self-host? Hope you can help me with this. 🙂

    1. Hello! Thank you so much for reading! 💗 I wanted to be more serious in blogging and earn a little bit of income from it, so I switched to self hosting! 💫 I now have Google Adsense (I haven’t reached the minimum threshold yet but at least there’s something) + brands/companies would most likely reach out if you are self-hosted and have your own domain! ❤️🌟

      Hostinger really has affordable options and very responsive customer service! You can use my affiliate link in the blog to check it out! 😊

      You can email me in jirahmerizz@writingsbyjm.com if you have some more questions. I would be super glad to help!! 🙈❤️

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