Hey ya’ll, this post kind of comes from 6 months of looking at the same “tip” every time I sign into wordpress. I have my dashboard set as my bookmark on my computer, so each time I click it to come on over here and get swept away into the world of blog, I see the same little message at the top of my page:
Tip: Get more readers by upgrading your current web address, noloveforfattiesblog.wordpress.com, to a custom domain name like noloveforfattiesblog.com.
A custom domain name makes your site easier for people to find, makes it look more professional, and it lets you personalize your site with its own, unique web address.
Now I’m still very much blogging dumb – I’m learning new things every time I post, through interactions with others, and with each new bloggingU course that I take. So, I’m going to take the opportunity to learn from my fellow bloggers today:
Is it really worth it to register a custom domain name? Is it the same as self-hosting? If not, what’s the difference?
I follow quite a few blogs who have their own name without “blog” or “wordpress” anywhere in their url, so is that different than registering as the quote says (since it still has the word blog in it).
I read somewhere that if I don’t register it, then something about I don’t really own the legal rights to my blog? But if you put a disclaimer up then that kind of works around that?
If I register my domain name ($24 per year isn’t that much! no problem!) then do I get a paid account as well? How far am I really willing to take it? Or do I just keep plugging away with an unpaid account?
I really enjoy having a free blog. However, I never even considered the fact that people would follow my blog and enjoy my writings! It’s caught me off guard a few times the response that I’m getting – so it’s been getting me thinking, maybe I should register it?
Around the 4 month mark for me, I started thinking that since I had quite a few followers, that I needed to start doing this blogging thing “right”. Adding pictures, editing more, making sure I was sourcing images and videos properly, adding a twitter account, cleaning up the look of my blog’s home page, adding disclaimers and extra information and tabs etc.
So please!! Anyone who follows me, or who just stumbled across this post, advice?! Do you pay for your account/domain name?
Someone explain this to me in words I can understand! Preferably with flash cards covered in glitter, a power point with unicorns, and at the end I’d like a puffy sticker and a lollipop.