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Self Hosting My WP Blog

  1. Hi guys,

    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

    sarah

  2. You did not specify a blog address or reason for posting when you created this topic.

    This support forum is for blogs hosted at WordPress.com. If your question is about a self-hosted WordPress blog then you'll find help at the WordPress.org forums.

    If you don't understand the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, you may find this information helpful.

    If you forgot to include a link to your blog, you can reply and include it below. It'll help people to answer your question.

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  3. I believe these information at the following links will answer your questions:
    wordpress.com vs wordpress.org
    domain mapping
    move to wordpress.org

  4. Many thanks for your prompt reply,

    however i have read these documents and was just seeking clarification. The language used in them is new to me. I did not understand them well enough.

    I can also not find the information for what i pay after the move to another provider. only for the initial registration and payment while at WP.com.

    Any further clues you can give me would be much appreciated.

    many thanks

    sarah

  5. I can also not find the information for what i pay after the move to another provider. only for the initial registration and payment while at WP.com.

    Depends on the Host - $ 10- to $ 25- a month is a good estimate - many variables

    3) - Yes

    1) The $ 5-- is for domain name only - you can keep the registration here and use the domain name with another host - covered in the links @timethief gave you.

  6. oooh sorry, I didn't mean for anyone to tell me what hosting elsewhere would cost at all. Many apologies for that misconception.

    I only wanted to know that i paid WP $5 a month (Obviously the remainder $$$ to the other provider. )

    I know that i can use the domain with another host, it was just about who exactly i pay for the domain name useage.

    I like to be sure before i do things.

    I think i am now clear on this topic.

    thanks for your time
    sarah

  7. hurrah

    I have now bought the domain,

    While i intend to stay at WP.com, I like to know my options before i jump in.

    Many thanks for the help

    sarah

  8. The costing is sort of public record and not much of a secret - WordPress.COM or .ORG even has a list of suggested Hosts that the WordPress.ORG software can be installed with not trouble (but the list is not all inclusive of all hosts - many good hosts out there that are not on the WordPress Host List) -

    You be welcome & good luck with your blog

  9. Hi again,

    Oh dear - I have paid for the new domain, and it is not working. This was over 4 hours ago.

    Is this a normal wait time, or have i done something silly in the set up.

    I paid for the new domain (sarahketley.com) was this the wrong one to put in???

    the only other thing i have done is tick the box to make the new one the 'primary' blog domain.

    i have done nothing else.

    what else do i need to do, or is this wait normal. you cannot see my blog at all.

    sarah
    c

  10. Clicking on your name resolves to: http://sarahketley.com/ which is a Private blog.

    It can take 24 to 72 hours for the changes to migrate across the internet however changes usually start to happen sooner. You will probably be the last one to see the changes due to caching issues by your ISP and routers between you and the WordPress.COM servers.

    http://www.whatsmydns.net/#NS/sarahketley.com

    Patience Grasshopper.

  11. Many thanks,

    So the fact that it is down is normal. I went to bed got up and it wasn't working so i just wanted to make sure that all was well. I thought that i had done something silly.

    Happy to wait if waiting is all that is needed.

    Technically there is nothing else i need to change? No other buttons that need to be clicked anywhere?

    thanks again
    sarah

  12. Don't touch anything - every time you change something it restarts the clock for the changes to migrate - if you followed the instructions exactly - and it looks like it from out here you should be fine.

    Part of the problem is that you never visit a web site the same way twice because of how the internet works, so you can have strange results until things settle down and the changes migrate. Some routers only update a few times a day.

    the first site I moved was sort of tough as I could not see the changes but friends could.

    Patience Grasshopper & Good luck

  13. Thanks again,

    I will leave it as is and go and do something else.

    *fingers crossed*

    sarah

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