I have left wordpress.com! If your wordpress.com is about to expire or you’re considering moving to self host, please hear me out.

Prior to my move, I found nothing on all the loose screws and dirt on migration. All the self host sites make it look super smooth and easy / anyone can do it etc… My experience differs significantly.


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Ben, the fabulous sweetheart who helped me with the move mentioned in the vlog. http://mekalab.fr/ Ben is a professional and his company offers various services e.g. migration, e-commence, customised website, graphic design etc

disclosure, Ben is a personal friend

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30+ Paris. Laughs a lot. Writes about travel to fight beauty hoarding. Rooibos tea. Blogging is my loving hobby.


  1. Joyce, I am so sorry to hear your experience was so stressful. Thank you for sharing your truthful thoughts and experience. When I started the blog I decided from the get-go that I will not deal with all this self-hosted stuff (unless my blog attracts hundreds of thousands of readers which is unreal at the moment), because I am not tech-savvy enough AND I don’t have time to figure it all out. I do consider moving to the premium package though (waiting for a discount), I think you have a little bit more flexibility in terms of themes and also ads, right? The biggest plug-in I want to install is Google Analytics 😀 I don’t care about the rest 😀

    • Hey, Nano. Thanks for watching / reading. You’ve made a wise choice.

      Premium doesn’t change the theme options. It is only the business one where all premium themes are for free.

      In terms of advert, premium users can add WP advert any time (even if they have zero traffic). Whereas, non-premium users can apply for adding WP advert if they’ve hit critical traffic *I have no idea what the traffic requirement is.

  2. I enjoyed your video. I was thinking that someday I would pay a bit more money and get the premium package–but that hasn’t happened yet. Your video gave me a lot to think about. Thank you.

    • Thank you for that, Anthony! 😀 It is always pleasant to receive feedback. Well the main draw (Premium WP) for me was the storage 13GB, zero advert & support team. I pretty much don’t use anything else LOL At the moment with the self host, I’m paying EUR23.88 per year. It is a lot cheaper. There is no auto backup any more though e.g. wordpress.com has this thing where you can go back to very old versions of your previous saved versions. Also if anything goes crashing, there’s virtually zero help in sight. After the first year, I’ll have to pay EUR7.99 on top for the domain.

  3. Hello Joyce, I’m glad that you find it smooth the moment you migrate to a self hosted one. I’m not really good when it comes to a technical side in blogging. Anyway, I wanted to migrate though, but what hinders me is the struggle that I’ll be facing if ever I do.

    Oh by the way, since the moment you migrated to a self hosted one, I’m no longer updated with your new blog post. I have to really go to your site and check your new blog post in order for me to read your new post. When you were still connected with wordpress.com, I’m always notified whenever you published a new blog post. Anyway, this is mostly what happened when you migrate to another hosting which some of my blogger friends are experiencing this as well.

    Cheers to more travels and blog post!

    • Aw, thanks for letting me know, Lai!

      Yes 🙁 the whole losing traffic from WP reader thing is super sad. It is super weird. Some of my WP reader sub can see my updated posts and some cannot. While others told me that it only loads text (zero featured photo). sigh I guess I’m not tech equipped either.

      Yes, cheers to more travel and blog post 😉 xox

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