So I decided to move my blog, Over the past month and a half I have posted 17 articles here on WordPress.com and now I feel that it is time to move this blog to a domain of it’s own.
WordPress dot com was a great place to get started and to play around with while deciding if I was going to keep up my blog. but when I started weighing my options it came clear that getting my own domain and hosting package was the way to go.
So it was clear, setting up my own hosting package was the thing to do financially. Alright, now the next thing, how important is a name? Sure I wanted EstatesInTime, but what about the extension? Right now there is somewhere around 400 different extensions on the market. While a large number of these have restrictions, quiet a few of them might be cool to use with a blog. Blog.info, Blog.buzz, Blog.cool, or even Blog.guru, over the last few years there has been an explosion of new domain extensions released, some of them unbelievably expensive.
But which one is best and why? What was the first thing you thought of when I mentioned moving my blog? Was it EstatesInTime.com? Dot com is the oldest, most respected, and easiest remembered extension even to this day. That in itself tells me I should want the .com extension, And still another reason is that many of today’s browsers search for dot com by default. These two reasons gives the dot com more value than any other extension, and while I have no plans to sale my domain name, if in the future I should decide to, owning the .com gives me far more resale potential than any other one would.
So I know the name I want, EstatesInTime.com, next I needed to figure out where I was going to buy the name and host my blog. There are numerous hosting companies out there.
This list is in alphabetical order and is not intended as a review or endorsement.
First month $12.49, renews for $24.99 per month, 100 million visits per month, 2 Gb of Ram, 30 Gb Web Storage, Manage 5 WordPress sites, on 1 IP Address, 1 Free Domain Name, Enhanced Control Panel, and 24/7 Support.
One year for $1.00 a month then renews at $6.99 per month, 25000 visits per month, 100 Gb of Web Storage, Free Domain Name, Nightly Backups, Redundant firewalls, malware scanning and DDoS protection, 24/7 Support and and Free Google Ad, Bing Ad, Facebook ad and Fotolia Photo Credits.
While all of these offers seem pretty good, I chose to go with Go Daddy, mostly because of past history and being happy with the service I had received before.
Once I got my Domain name (www.estatesintime.com) and had my site setup, it was time to transfer my archived post over to the new site. Doing this was amazingly simple. Having never done this before a 5 minute phone call to Go Daddy support was all it took. The Support Tech I reached (Jason) walked me through 4 easy steps.
- Open my WordPress.com assount.
- Then on the Dashboard under Tools, Click Export (This downloaded all of my files to my computer)
- Open my new Hosted WordPress dot Com
- Then on that Dashboard under Tools, Click Import (This ask me for the file I has just downloaded and I was done).
The next thing I wanted out of my own Blog site was a way to embed my Etsy Shop into my blog, At this point in time I wasn’t really interested with keeping up with the inventory in two stores, especially two stores tying to sell the same things. Plus the idea of dealing with my own shopping cart didn’t sound like a whole lot of fun to me.
After an evening of digging around and playing with different codes I found on my favorite cheat sheet W3schools I came across a plugin from Fairground Media, Etsypro. This was an easy fix to my problems and I was able to get my shop set up in just a couple hours.
I was able to re-size my thumbnails so that they what worked with the theme I had selected for my blog and I was able to install different pages for each of the selection pages of my Etsy Shop.
The one thing I haven’t gotten around to yet, is working with the SEO on my new Blog page. Which brings me to one more product I would like to mention, I Business Promoter. I have used this software to get into the first page of search pages on Google, MSN, Bing, and Yahoo many times in the past.
Each one of these search engines have their own algorithms which makes it extremely hard to figure out how to perform well on all of them, yet this tool is the only software on the market which offers a money back guarantee. If you use this software and don’t get into the top 10 they refund your money!
So I guess I’ve reached the end of this long post tonight, and I hope you find some of this information useful, But don’t forget this is my last post here on estatesintime.wordpress.com So bookmark the new website for Estates In Time, and don’t forget to re-subscribe so you will continue to get updates sent to your email.
Thank you for reading my blog.