Self-Hosted Crossover on WordPress Blog

Need The Easiest Way To Self-Host WordPress Blog

I changed my Twitter Profile this morning to: Texas gal into Media Marketing Strategy & Coaching, Web Design SEO, Real Estate, Golf, Pottery & Heart Disease. Internet Marketer and wannabe Blogger.

Let’s talk about the wannabe Blogger description.  When Yarby’s Corner began, I shared that I had started a Blog years ago and then took a 5 year hiatus.  This time I am determined to stick with it and find my blogging voice.  So far, I stand by that.  But because I was testing the waters initially, I used a wordpress.com address instead of my primary business website, The Media Mix.  After several months of blogging and much reading,  it appears there are a “few” plug-ins I need that are not available in this platform.

Best Method to Switch to Self Hosted WordPress Blog?

Confused ... Which way to go?

Don’t get me wrong, I love WordPress.com.  But as a Business Blog I need to make a change.  I help clients and readers with all forms of media : from traditional off-line media to new media and all aspects of on-line marketing.  So my goal is to build a community that is interactive, engaging and fluid.  I don’t want to talk “at” you but “with” you.  Many of the folks reading my blog care A LOT about incoming-links, solid anchor text and showing their latest Blog Post when they Comment.  I too appreciate those features on other Internet Marketing and Social Media Blogs.

It seems some of the Plug-Ins necessary to achieve my goal include: Twitter Tweet Button with Comment Box, Facebook Plug-In with auto identifer of posters and CommentLuv with link to last blog post.  These and many more useful Plug-Ins are available with WordPress.org on a self-hosted Blog.

I want to confirm 2 things:  1) these features cannot be added to WordPress.com and 2) while www.yarby.wordpress.com is free … I must pay an annual fee to re-direct the current blog to my self-hosted address at TheMediaMix.com/Blog.  I could begin again but, with the power of a WordPress Blog, I have excellent search engine results all pointing to this URL.

So this is where I need your help.  Can you share with me your opinion on the best (quick, seamless) and least expensive way to make this cross-over? Yes, I’ve read loads on the subject and my head is now spinning.  I’m hoping for a discussion on the pros and cons of various options.  I appreciate your time and thoughts, in advance.

Could I incorporate this blog into The Media Mix and shift yarby.wordpress.com to another topic? It’s a thought since I don’t have a large number of active followers yet.  Now … what are your thoughts?

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About Yarbys Corner ... Linda Yarbrough

Linda Yarbrough "Yarby" is a marketing and media strategy specialist who expanded her business to actively work on the internet 10 years ago. See our ABOUT page for more professional and personal background.
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4 Responses to Self-Hosted Crossover on WordPress Blog

  1. Keri says:

    I saw your tweet about this =) I actually just wrote about making the switch on my blog here: http://dreamingirisdesign.com/blog/blogger-wordpress-7-reasons-switch-today-and-great-deal/ I’m offering a package to set it up for you that’s $50 off until tomorrow. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or need help doing it yourself- keri(at)dreamingirisdesign(dot)com

    • Kari, thanks for your comment and Subscription sign-up. I read your Blog Post and know there are a lot of folks who have the same issue. I think we have the technical end under control and have exported the files. My struggle is “what to do with wordpress.com”? Could you take another look at my post and share your thoughts on the transition?

      • Keri says:

        I apologize, I didn’t read the end of your post carefully enough! I think your best option would be to download your WordPress.com info (I think it’s under Settings -> Export), install WordPress.org software into your TheMediaMix.com/blog subdirectory, and upload the info there. Then I would just leave this blog still up, but add a sticky post explaining the move and re-directing visitors to the new URL. This would be the easiest thing to do, and not cost you anything since you already own TheMediaMix.com. Feel free to email me with any questions or if you need help!

  2. megha says:

    Hello Linda,
    I think you should switch to dedicated hosting account. Probably godaddy would be best.
    Here you can do same things as on any domain. WordPress still has its limitations. And if you want to take this stuff on new URL thats also possible…Let me know any time I can suggest something ..

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