Right now I have a wordpress.com blog. I've always thought that, in the future (when I can afford it), I'd like to move this over to a WP installation under my own domain (i.e. a WP.org blog).
Recently I've been thinking maybe there's something mid-way I could do now - something more affordable than paying for hosting - where I could register my desired DN and direct it to my wordpress.com blog. That way I could start using my desired DN in promotional materials and conversation. (It's easier to remember and shorter than my current address, which has "wordpress" tacked on at the end.)
The thing is I don't want to negatively affect my blog's Google indexing/page rank, and I don't to disrupt any traffic.
So, I've been leafing through the support docs, but I have some questions:
It seems like the thing to do for now would be to pay for the Domain Registration & Mapping upgrade.
Apparently traffic would then be automatically redirected from my current DN to my new DN. Good, that takes care of traffic (assuming the redirect continues so long as I pay for the upgrade, and doesn't stop after a prescribed period - is this the case?), but what about indexing? How does this automatic redirect work? Is it a 301? Will Google "punish" me for this?
What about in the future when I move my content over to a WP installation and transfer my domain to a different registrar? Will I encounter any traffic or indexing problems at that time? Will there be a way for me to continue at that time the redirect from my old DN to my new DN, or will that be cancelled when I transfer the domain?
Thanks so much.