reconfiguring my blogs and domain

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  • #529435

    stoudtb
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    I current own two WP.com domains and my own domain, which I am not using (and will not) because it’s too time-intensive for me.

    I would ultimately like to:

    – get rid of the “wordpress” part of my domains so that they fit more nicely on my communications (i.e., business cards)

    – have an easy way on each of my blogs to access the other blog; I’d like the audiences of both blogs to be more aware the other one to increase traffic to both

    – do this as cost effectively and simply as possible

    Can I use my existing domain to save on the cost? If yes, how?

    It might also be nice to have one WP.com site/blog that serves as a simple gateway to the other two blogs. I.e., I can envision having a very simple home page that has easy access to both of my blogs.

    * In any event, I’m looking for input from others who have thought about this; I’d like to only do this once!

    Thanks!
    Bryan

    The blog I need help with is medicaltransformation.wordpress.com.

    #529573

    auxclass
    Member

    You can map your existing Domain name to your your-site.wordpress.com and it changes into your-site.com – Domain Mapping $ 12.– USD / year

    You did not have links to the existing blogs, but as a rule I dislike the “click twice to get to the site I want” thing – I would tend to have the main site as the one on my cards (this is what I did) then either the 2nd site stand alone with it’s own url (even to putting it on your card) or a link at the top of the 1st site to your second site. Just my $0.02 contribution before breakfast

    #529575

    tandava108
    Member

    I agree with auxclass. Have your main site on the business cards and a link to your other sites in the sidebar of your main blog. If you have more than one line of business that are not directly related each blog should have a link to the other and you should print multiple business cards, it looks more professional anyway.

    #529610

    stoudtb
    Member

    Thanks, guys.

    It sounds like you feel it’s important to have people click just once to get where they want to. I can appreciate that.

    Someone else has suggested registering a third WP.com blog, then using a static home page with links to the other two blogs (would require two clicks, of course). I could pay to have the “wordpress” portion of the third blog removed, I suppose.

    One thing that appeals to me about that is that I wouldn’t have to keep paying for the website that I own, but do not use. Also, the two blogs (medicaltransformation.wordpress.com; transforminghealthcare.wordpress.com) are related in that one is my ministry site, while the other contains thoughts on what my ministry addresses: the intersection of faith & medicine. But the two audiences tend to be pretty distinct, though each would probably have some interest in the other, something I’m hoping to promote. Then again, I don’t want to frustrate anyone.

    I suppose that, in the end, I’ll just have to make a choice.

    Thanks again!

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