If you read yesterday’s post Have you converted your WordPress blog to your own domain?, you will know that I was considering making some changes to my WordPress domain name. Everytime I logged into WordPress, I was seeing the message ‘Be the master of your own domain….’ and I’ve been tempted for a while now. All the marketing/SEO (search engine optimisation) information I have read over the past few months implies that there are benefits of having your content against your own registered domain.
As far as I could see, I had a couple of options: keep WordPress as the host, but be the ‘master of my own domain’, or transfer my blog to an existing domain hosted elsewhere (there were probably more options, but they were the only ones I was considering). There’s also an option to go for the private registration at the same time which keeps your details secure.
I’ve done it…
I braved it and have just upgraded, keeping WordPress as the host – and it only took a few minutes. My URL is now http://mywritingnotebook.com/ and apart from the word ‘wordpress’ being removed from the domain name everything else has stayed the same. I still have my subscribers, my stats are still 5165, I think I can still be found in the search engines (as everything will be redirected) and apparently there will be some cool new features on the blog according to the WordPress team (which I will be looking into later).
Thank you to those of you that left me such informative comments on my blog yesterday, it really helped me make the decision. Also thank you to WordPress support who confirmed that everything will stay as is – and they were right.
I’ve had a fantastic day. Hope yours has been great too – only four sleeps until Christmas!