domain names

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  • #139153

    wrightj999
    Member

    I am new to blogging and want to set one up. I have already purchased a domain name that I would wish to use, is it possible to use my own domain name and use the free service at wordpress.com or should I download the software from wordpress.org and purchase hosting space to do so? Please inform me of the pros and cons of both scenarios (if possible in both ways). Thanks!

    #139275

    cornell
    Member

    You can point your domain name to wp.com. Have a read of these FAQ entries for info:

    http://faq.wordpress.com/tag/domain-mapping/

    The differences? self hosted – less security, support at wp.org, more freedom to do whatever you want, you can have adsense (if you have to!)

    wp.com – security, no need to worry about upgrades, backups, faults etc, us volunteers!

    There’s more info in the sticky at the top of the forum which might help you.

    #139279

    wrightj999
    Member

    So the advantage to using wp.org is that my domain name will appear in the URL field, and if I use wp.com their URL will appear in place of my domain name. Correct? Thanks for the info!

    #139280

    wrightj999
    Member

    ahh, upon looking at the link you’ve sent me I’ve come to the conclusion that I can use my domain name (having it appear exclusively in the URL, in place of any WP characters) if I pay $10 a year for domain mapping. Is my understanding on par?

    #139281

    cornell
    Member

    Yep, that’s exactly right. Your URL will be in the address bar and you will have the support (and restrictions) of the wordpress.com blogging platform.

    #139282

    wrightj999
    Member

    Thanks again, you’ve been quite helpful!

    #139283

    cornell
    Member

    Pleasure. :)

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