After a busy day of digging holes and unplanting hydrangeas in the backyard, I usually like sit down to do a bit of blogging. Nosh on some daisies. Things like that.
Today, I’m going to enlighten you on domain names.
Almost everyone who’s ever BEEN on the internet knows what a domain name is. In case you don’t, let Woodie explain it to you. In easy terms.
Those are highly recognizable domain names. Just like someday www.woodieknowswordpress.com will be one too. Boo-yah!
Getting your own domain name is easy. Go to www.godaddy.com or www.bluehost.com or your favorite hosting company and type in the domain name you’re looking for.
This domain is taken. Try again.
Well, it IS 2011 and domain names have been in use a long time. So you might have to be creative. Instead of dabomb.com try iamdabomb.com or dabombfromnewark.com. C’mon, think!
Once you’ve finally got your domain name, here is where you have a few more choices. One, to go with wordpress.org or two, go with wordpress.com. WP.org is going to cost you hosting fees (approximately $4-6 a month) but you can add in any plugin or widget you want, and pick or buy your own theme. WP.com is free, comes with 100 chosen themes that you can modify and has many pre-sets already installed.
While you’re deciding on that, lets talk more about your domain name and WP.com. Once you get your name, you’ll need to play around with the settings of your the domain-name-purchasing company of choice. You’ll generally find you can forward your domain name. So if I type in www.carriecspencer.com it ends up at www.smartassromance.com. I can also type in www.carriespencerbooks.com and end up in the same place. So, if you already have a WP.com account in place, you can FORWARD your domain name to any URL you’d like.
You can also FORWARD and MASK. (Not that kind of mask…..sigh) Which means if I typed in carriespencerbooks.com the location bar wouldn’t show smartassromance.com like it does now, it would show carriespencerbooks.com.
And it’s FREE.
You can also MAP an existing domain, directly from inside WP.com. This costs, at the time of this writing, $12.00 per domain name. This does basically the same as fowarding, but it’s all done through WP.com itself, rather than bringing in an outside vendor.
WP.org is a slightly different beast. Yes, you can import your blog posts from your old blog (we’ll discuss that in a later post) but you get WP with benefits. Add in plugins that do amazing things, widgets that let you put in sliding photo albums, different fonts in different colors etc. It’s a lot more freeing, but yes, a weeeee bit more complicated.
So the choice is p to you. Buy a domain name and keep your WP.com site? Or upgrade to maximum capacity and get WP.org, your own domain name and the ability to do with your blog what you will.
Any questions before I head back to the flower patch?