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Guidance Needed Obtaining wordpress.com domain

  1. mickeydownunder
    Member

    My blog is set up for fun, not for business or future business.

    I have read the various sections on obtaining a domain. I am thinking the best way to protect some of the content and the blog name is to register for a domain.

    I want to stay with wordpress.com

    I have checked the availability --- seems http://www.whatsonthelist.com is unavailable.

    1) Can someone please recheck and confirm.
    If it is taken, I see that I would need to choose something like net., org, me etc.

    2) I presume if I chose http://www.whatsonthelist.com.au (which is available), I would not be able to stay within the wordpress domain?

    3) I insert various links from other food blogs and on occasion, add UTube content to my blog. Will any of that be affected in the future based on my choice re above?

    4) WHEN I obtain a domain, (which I would like to do), will it change on previous content on my post or blog postings?

    5) I don't want to have adverts on my blog.

    Can someone please help guide and steer me with your expertise in what you would suggest I do for my particular blog circumstance?

    I sense I will only be able to stay a free blog until my space is used up and then I would have to decide to do something.

    I have
    3,072MB Space Allowed
    111.08MB (4%) Space Used

    Thank you in advance for your time and any replies. From what I wrote you can "sense" I am confused currently what to do.

    Cheers! Joanne
    Feel free to let me know what you think of my blog too! :)

    The blog I need help with is whatsonthelist.wordpress.com.

  2. 2) I presume if I chose http://www.whatsonthelist.com.au (which is available), I would not be able to stay within the wordpress domain?

    That can be mapped to a blog here at WordPress.COM - no problem - but you can't register it here - you need to register the domain name some place else

    3) I insert various links from other food blogs and on occasion, add UTube content to my blog. Will any of that be affected in the future based on my choice re above?

    The old links will still work on your blog (the ones before you did the domain mapping

    4) WHEN I obtain a domain, (which I would like to do), will it change on previous content on my post or blog postings?

    The URL's will change to reflect your mapped domain name - the old links will still work

    5) I don't want to have adverts on my blog.

    Buy the No Ads Upgrade

    I sense I will only be able to stay a free blog until my space is used up and then I would have to decide to do something.

    You can buy a Space Upgrade - but if you optimize your pictures for the web you can store thousands of pictures, so you should be good for some time

  3. mickeydownunder
    Member

    G'day and thank you! Your time and reply is GREATLY appreciated.

    I understand that I need to register the domain somewhere else.

    Would you recommend namecheap?

    Per here:
    WordPress.com supports registering domains with the extensions .com, .org, .net, or .me.

    So I would have to register a domain with one of these extensions. Since .com is already in use and .com.au is not supported at wordpress (is that correct?)

    For my blog, would there be any benefit to org.net or me....?

    So step 1...I get the domain...which I will...

    whatsonthelist.me is available from just $8.99/yr
    http://www.namecheap.com/domains/domain-name-search/results.aspx?domain=whatsonthelist&tlds=me&searchall=&type=single&

    http://www.namecheap.com/domains/domain-name-search.aspx

    I understand that the name I obtain re the domain can be mapped to a blog here at wordpress.com

    So when I use my URL, will it be the domain name I choose or still the wordpress name that I currently use http:whatsonthelist.wordpress.com

    RE If you wish to use another type of domain, you can register it at another registrar and then map the domain to your blog.

    I presume if I had my heart set on http:whatsonthelist.com.au, then I would have to map it? (Not sure what I am talking about...but sense the mapping (and I did read the info...) is to attach the domain to wordpress.com

    I want to keep it SIMPLE...and use one of the three extensions left
    .org, .net, or .me.

    So if I want no ads, once I register my domain, then register here

    I can upgrade for an additional 30.00?
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    The No-Ads Upgrade costs $30.00 per blog, per year.

    You can subscribe to this upgrade from our Store.

    Thank you in advance. I really do appreciate your help!
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. and you can always register another blog and use it only for image hosting, and just hotlink.

  5. mickeydownunder
    Member

    G'day! As I am more of a Keep It Simple Stupid kind of gal, I thought I would try and make this as simple and easy as can me.

    I appreciate your time and replies to date.

    Can you (or someone in the forum)

    Confirm my understanding of what you said in my above post and would you recommend namesake?

    Thank you!

  6. mickeydownunder
    Member

    I have read the information, but can someone explain to me simply what Domain mapping is and would you recommend using it for my specific blog? Thank you!

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