Actually, I grew quite tired of these spats myself. After each one, I always vowed to leave WordPress.org for WordPress.com. But then, I always softened. Breaking up is hard…and messy. What if Dot Com wasn’t as low-maintenance as rumoured to be? Would I have to go begging Dot Org to take me back? Isn’t it easier to love the one you’re with?
My final nudge over the edge came from Janis (Retirementally Challenged). She innocently asked what advantages I had from being self-hosted. I immediately replied that being able to use plugins gave me the freedom to create and personalize the site that I wanted. Janis persisted by asking what I used my plugins for. For every single feature that I mentioned (Contact Me Form, Site Security, Spam Filter, Site Stats, Social Icons, Site Back Up, Image Optimization even Festive Holiday Snow….) Janis retorted that she received that same benefits on WordPress.com. Although a true techie, or even a bigger risk-taker, would undoubtedly experience an advantage in being self-hosted, I was not. Why was I remaining in a relationship that was not right for me?
Fortunately, this past August, Mike Nelson (the head of my WordPress Meet Up Group…and all around nice guy) wrote and posted a step-by-step guide, for non-techies, on migrating from self-hosted to hosted WP. It was now time for me to dust off those instructions and put them into action.
This past week, I finally took the leap. I’d love to say that it was smooth sailing and an easy-peasy process. It ALMOST was…other than a VERY STUPID human error on my part, which lead to a HUGE wild goose chase and much unnecessary DRAMA!!
Anyway…..once that error got sorted (Mike Nelson to the rescue again), the rest of the process was straight-forward, although it did include large chunks of wait time. If you are remotely considering a similar move, I highly recommend following Mike’s post (NB When he says “Save,” he does not mean “Open.” Funny that!)
You are now reading this post at WordPress.com (drum roll, please)! There have been some adjustments required, and there’s still more to do. So far, I am extremely pleased with the results. For less than half of the yearly fee that I paid to be self-hosted (73.57 CDN as opposed to 158.64 CDN), I now have a site that seems to suit me well. I have direct access to official Happiness Engineers (this makes me very happy, and Mike Nelson even happier)! I also have a few other nifty features that I did not have on my other site. These include email notification (to you) once I’ve replied to your comment, and a cool sidebar blogroll. Sadly this blogroll only shows WordPress blogs that I follow. If anyone knows a way to manually insert additional links, please let me know, Also, if any of these features are not working for you, or if you have any suggestions for change, please send me a Direct Message or share in the comments below.
When I contacted my (now ex-) hosting company about my decision, there was a brief moment that had the semblance of a tearful teenage goodbye. I even found myself responding with a well-worn, trite cliche (groan here)!
Hopefully, this new relationship will prove to be “the one!” Take it away, Neil!
Feature Photo: The Sydney Morning Herald