Who Else Wants To Switch From WordPress.com to WordPress.org?
You might have noticed how I’ve changed the blog recently. This is because I made the switch from a free hosted blog at wordpress.com to a self-hosted (at bluehost.com) one. Here’s the story.
I was doomed from day one. I settled for the wordpress.com blog instead of a self-hosted wordpress installation because it seemed much easier and I was lazy. I took the blue pill (which is the one that doesn’t free you from the matrix, btw). Hit the jump for a quick rundown of what I did.
Reasons For Switching
Among others and in no particular order:
- No feedburner integration
- Hilarious pricing (if you want to host your blog on more than one domain, you pay 10$ per domain)
- Insufficient analytics features. The wordpress.om analytics show nothing expect for the number of hits.
- No custom plugins.
- No custom theme modifications (except for css) and small selection of themes
How to Switch
I won’t go into detail on how to perform the switch since other bloggers have done so well and extensively. Check out these posts to get you started:
- How to Migrate your Blog from WordPress.com to a Personal Domain
- Migrating from WordPress.com to WordPress.org
- Six Easy Steps DIY: Move Your WordPress.com Blog
- How To – Move From WordPress.com To WordPress.org
- Migrating from wordpress.com to wordpress.org or self-hosting
Things to Consider
- Comments by wordpress.com users will no longer include their Avatar or link back to their blog.
- You will probably waste hours of time configuring your new blog
- Blog name/description/settings are all lost
- All wordpress.com features that have you include a shortcode (such as [digg=someurl] or [tweetmeme] or
[/sourcecode]) will initially not work.
- Embedded youtube videos won’t work.
Things to Take Care Of
- After you’re done, make sure to have your old wordpress.com (yourname.wordpress.com) link to your new one
- Install a nice theme (hundreds of themes are available)
- Configure your sidebar just like it was
- Install the Webmaster Tools Verification plugin and reconfigure webmaster tools settings for your new blog
- Activate Akismet and enter your wordpress.com API key
- Install WP-Stats and enter your wordpress.com API key
- Create a FeedBurner account and install and configure the FD Feedburner Plugin
- I also installed these other fantastic plugins:
- AddToAny share button
- After the Deadline (as seen on wordpress.com)
- Broken Link Checker (as seen on wordpress.com)
- Digg Digg interactive social media buttons
- Feed Stats
- Google XML Sitemaps
- Greg’s SEO
- Syntax Highlighter Evolved (as seen on wordpress.com; so you don’t have to chance your code blocks)
- W3 Total Cache
- Wickett Twitter Widget (as seen on wordpress.com)
- Yet Another Related Posts Plugin (YARPP)
If you have any questions about any of the above steps, please let me know.
All of this being said, it’s been a rough day but I’m happy that I moved and I’m very content with the result. Now this page can grow :)
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