I am new to the idea of 'self hosting a blog' and i don't know the lingo. I have looked through the forums and need some clarification.
I have a WP blog ...insertnamehere.wordpress.com
I would like to buy the domain to create insertname.com (it is currently available)
I understand, correct me if i am wrong, that i can eventually transfer this new insertname.com domain and blog to a self hosted provider such as Dreamhost, which supports WP when i need to.
If this is correct i have a few questions:
1. do i then only pay WP for the $5/yr domain registration (and not the mapping fee) until i no longer want the domain. Or does payment go elsewhere too. (Sorry newbie question)
2. To your best knowledge my blog can go with this domain and external links to the blog hosted with WP.com will still work to the new host provider.
3. If i do this i should be able to use content not allowed on WP.com (provided it is ok with the new provider, i know you can't comment on that)
many thanks in advance