I’ve had this blog for a little over a year now, and I’ve never experienced a “big break.” I haven’t become famous over night, and although my stats improve every day, my readership is confined to my Facebook friends and my family. I may seem stats-obsessed, but the truth of the matter is that I want to reach more people.
For a while, I’ve been contemplating moving from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. At first, I just wanted my own domain name, ActuallyAllie.com. But then I realized I wanted a different theme, and that I wanted complete control over that theme. I wanted to be able to use plugins. I wanted a professional-looking website that included a static home page, a contact form, a resume and a blog.
On WordPress.com, most of this is not possible. And if it is, it requires a fee.
WordPress.org, on the other hand, is free. Web hosting is not – it would cost about $5 a month, depending on my host – and the time it would require for me to make the change is not, either.
I’ve read a lot of websites that say that if you want to blog as a hobby, you should use WordPress.com. I’ve been “hobby-blogging” for a year now, and I want more. I want to become a professional freelancer with an impressive personal website. And I don’t think WordPress.com can do that for me.
But I’ve also read that the change from .Com to .Org will be difficult, a long process. Most sites, like Problogger recommend that you start with .Org. I’ve already made the mistake of starting with .Com.
What the Change Will Mean for Me
If I do end up making the change, I will have to:
- Export my blog as an XML file
- Find a host site, such as Bluehost
- Learn a bit about CSS in order to customize my layout
- Use an FTP server
- Basically, do everything myself
Plug-ins will make it easier for me. I also have a few friends, such as @tridnguyen and @samkottler, who have experience in creating websites, and may be able to answer any questions I have. What’s most important to me, really, is the next category.
What the Change Will Mean for You
Readers, the change would mean that you would have to make some changes, too:
- Re-subscribe to the new blog’s RSS feed
- Type in a new domain name (no more actuallyallie.wordpress.com!)
- Re-subscribe to the e-mail list
Also, I would not be part of the WordPress.com community, so “likes” and “reblogs” would not be possible. If you follow me on WordPress.com, your Reader would not accurately depict my site updates. You will probably have to use Google.com/Reader or an RSS feed in order to follow me.
My Question to You
I will not make the change if it is too much of a hassle for my readers. Therefore, I’d like to know, what are your thoughts on my switching from WordPress.com to WordPress.org? Why should I do it? Why shouldn’t I do it? And most importantly, would you be willing to re-follow my blog at its new domain name?
Let me know by commenting below or contacting me.