When I first started my blog, I was very confused about whether to use WordPress.com (essentially free unless you want additional features) and WordPress.org (free software, but you have to pay for hosting). Because I was new and had no idea if I’d actually get anywhere with it, I choose the Wordpress.com.
A couple of years later and “maybe” a bit wiser, I have decided to make “the move”. It requires that I get a self-hosting service and because my “blog friends” at PhotoBotos paved the way, I’ve chosen to go with BlueHost. By the way, check PhotoBotos out…they have some amazing photography on their site.
WordPress offers a guided transfer service and, again with the guidance of PhotoBotos, I’m choosing that path. Unfortunately, a guided transfer requires that I use a “free site template”. So, over the next few days (maybe a week) I will be changing my site back to a less appealing “free site template”.
In the long run, I feel that I’ll have much more control over my blog. The highlight will be the ability to use Google Analytics (which WordPress.com doesn’t allow). I’ll be better able to understand how users are getting to my site and what they are most interested in. Knowing that will allow me to tailor my site content accordingly.
I’m so excited to have finally made this decision. So, please be patient during the construction.