Migration

After much consideration, I decided to move my blog from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org installation.

Please update your feed readers to reflect the new domain name, bookswithoutanypictures.com.  There is a handy dandy Bloglovin’ link in the sidebar.

This is a decision that I’ve been mulling over for some time.  While I loved the free version of WordPress, I wanted to have more control over my own content, including the ability to use tools like Rafflecopter or Mr. Linky.  I want to be the person who decides what type (if any) of advertisements are on my blog.  The free version of WordPress just wasn’t flexible enough to comfortably suit my changing needs, and since my blog has been a major part of my life for more than two years, it was finally time to switch.

Let me know if anything seems buggy.  I’ll be working on the look and feel of the blog more over the next few weeks and try to work out any of the kinks.  I’ll also eventually make a post about the actual experience of moving.

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4 comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to make this switch for AGES now, but haven’t done it yet (I want to get a couple hundred set aside so I can sign up for the best Bluehost deal).

    Was the switch difficult? I already own my own domain name, so I worry about issues with that when the time comes…

    1. It was actually a lot easier than I expected. I don’t have a lot of money right now, so I opted to use A Small Orange, which is $5 per month and does monthly billing. I also bought the one year site redirect from the old one, so that people who get to my blog through search engines or other links will still show up where they’re supposed to.

      There was only one moment when I panicked and thought I’d broken my site, and that was when I accidentally installed WordPress to the wrong place within the site. Luckily, my sister’s boyfriend is fantastic with computers, and it took him about 30 seconds to fix it. I started the migration late Monday night (maybe 10:30/11) and had the content migrated within an hour. Then it was just working on the look and feel of the site and getting plugins installed to make it run more smoothly.