If I were to purchase the upgrade to wordpress.org - do I still need to find and pay for a host? I was under the impression that I would need to find a server to host the website.
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Going from wordpress.com to wordpress.org is a move, not an upgrade of the wp.com service. See:
If, by upgrade, you mean simply changing your url while remaining at the free wordpress.com service, that's domain mapping and is quite inexpensive:
If you buy the domain upgrade through wordpress.com, then you will have your own domain name, but your blog will still reside here on wordpress.com and you will still have all the same restrictions and such.
If you get your own domain name and a web host, and then use the software from wordpress.org, you will have virtually no restrictions. The downside is that you will be responsible for all upgrades, troubleshooting and maintenance. Here at wordpress.com all of that is taken care of for you.
The other thing is that you will lose google and technorati juice and page rank when you make the move, and it will take about six months to get it back. You can keep your blog here with a "final post" to redirect your visitors to your new blog, which will help.
i want a place i can hve a tracker to show who comes, to the site. I want a plusher lok a shout box.
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