I’m considering moving to self-hosted wordpress.org site. I have a couple questions. I paid for the domain name and to customize CSS, would those be refunded, or applied to the costs associated with wordpress.org? Also, I’ve read a lot of people worried that people will need to be redirected, but I’m assuming since I have the domain name, that shouldn’t be an issue?
The blog I need help with is twentysomethingintoronto.com.
If you move your site to a self-hosted option, you could point your domain to your new site and it will work there. If you cancel it, however, there’s no guarantee that you will be able to register it again.
As for Custom Design, that is a feature for blogs hosted on WordPress.com only. If you wish, you can cancel that upgrade within 30 days of the original purchase for a refund, so you still have a few days to decide.
Before you make a decision, would you be interested in discussing the options further? Why do you think you’d prefer to be self-hosted? Are there features we don’t provide, or are there other reasons?
So, just to clarify, I would have to still pay the $10 to WP.com to ensure I still keep the same domain on a WP.org site? And if so, would I be able to set up WP.org before redirecting it?
The main reason is that I do not have the option to advertise, I wasn’t aware of this when I signed up for WP.com, to be honest, since I was paying for the domain, I never considered that would be an issue. The price per year is only $8 per year to move to self-hosted.
Thanks for your help.
You’re correct, we do not allow outside advertising on WordPress.com. We do, however, have a program called WordAds (http://wordads.co) that provides the same kind of ad revenue as other ad services (and often better), provided your site has enough traffic for ad revenue in the first place.
Since you have already registered the domain with us and it’s well outside of the 48 hour window for a refund, I would recommend keeping the domain registered through us for the time being, and instead point it to your new site.
After the sixty day lock on your domain has passed, you can then transfer it to a new registrar of your choosing, if you decide to do so:
You would not need to pay WordPress.com any additional fees to use your domain elsewhere.
Thanks Jackie. I’ve decided to make the switch, I’ve updated the name servers with WP.com, but I’m guessing it takes time to update to blue host. I would like it to redirect for the 31 days between the change in name servers and the release after 60 days as I would like to get my money back for the CSS design I paid for.
Thanks for your help.
I have issued you a refund for Custom Design. It should show up in your account within a few days.
As for the domain, once your 60 lock is over (and that is standard for most registrars) you can log into your domain administration section in your WordPress.com dashboard to request your EPP code to initiate a domain transfer to a new registrar. Your domain will continue to work indefinitely while registered with WordPress.com (provided it is renewed annually, of course) if you decide not to transfer it immediately.
Once you have updated your name servers, it can take up to 72 hours for the changes to update across the internet.
One more thing: if you set up Jetpack on your new site and post a new thread here, we can transfer your subscribers (and stats, if you want) to your new site.
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