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Blog Relocation: We are On the Move!

Plaque on the ICANN (Internet Corporation for ...

Plaque on the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) head office, Del Rey, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Time is Come: The WordPress Happiness Engineers got to us three days ago!

Still have to get content, theme, and some  other stuff moved, but things, they is a poppin’.

ICANN, whose plaque is shown here, keeps track of domain names and their numbers. GoDaddy (our hosting Provider) took care of the ICANN part of getting the new domain name.

The new site has only a placeholder, “Hello World” page titled The Time is Come.  We have yet to hear from the Happiness folks beyond  their April 2 email  describing the Guided Transfer now in progress but we plunged in anyway and activated most modules of the JetPack suite of plug-ins.

The current operating version of The Time is Come blog, at http://jbrysh.com, is currently operating  under WordPress.com’s rules.  WordPress.com is a safe platform for folks who choose to avoid the technical side of blogging.  It’s been a perfect beginners’ practice set.  Here’s a link to a great explanation of the difference: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org (bradyszabo.com)

The other side of WordPress drops some of the keep-it-simple approach. The user can modify some portions of code with WP’s blessing.  The blogs out there can have advertising, as well. This move is for both of these reasons.Our new domain, http://rrretired.com, plays by the more liberal rules outside WordPress.com, and it will hold The Time is Come blog when the transfer is done.  We’ll keep you informed.

There’s not been time to write lately, (tax time and all that)  but plans are to resume updating this blog  RSN*.

*RSN is a term of art meaning Real Soon Now.

Links to Related Posts:

To Relocate or Not, Revisited http://jbrysh.com/2012/04/07/to-relocate-or-not-revisited/
To Relocate or Not                    http://jbrysh.com/2012/03/31/to-relocate-or-not/

To Relocate or Not? Revisited

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The Move  is Under Way!

WordPress’ store displayed the Guided Transfer selection the other day, and I pounced!

Shortly thereafter, WP sent an automated email with instructions and information. I purchased hosting services from a listed Provider as instructed and got a few ancillary things.  I was instructed to block out a 24-hour period on a Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday for them to do the transfer.  I emailed in reply immediately with the requested information and a target transfer date of April 6.   it’s now April 8; the blog is unchanged and I’ve heard nothing yet.  Looks like the backlog got in the way.

Their email had one scary phrase: “When the time comes, we will…,” followed by lists of plugins they would install, their post-transfer support, etc. “When the time comes” is pretty hard to plan around.

Provider’s software assigned my new blog hosting software to my email domain, as well as making other wrong-way assignments.   My email domain and my new blog domain are  in one billing account.  Apparently this setup is tricky and I didn’t know the techniques. Setting up Provider’s e-mail account  for my blog went o.k. but some of the other apps would not cooperate. They are supposed to be free as part of my hosting package, but there was way to activate them—their screens all want money.

Cropped screenshot of Vivien Leigh from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Vivien Leigh from the trailer for the film Gone with the Wind (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This led to a delightful tech support phone call with Provider. George-the-Tech helped me through most of the corrections, but a few needed more system time to settle in place.

By now it was the wee hours of Easter Morning, so I stopped computer work for a  while.

In the words of Scarlett O’Hara, “I’ll think about it tomorrow.”

To Relocate, or Not?

I’ve been blogging for about 8 weeks and I really like it!  WordPress.com is an excellent platform, rich in features.  Help was available when I  needed it.  I feel safe here.  But WordPress itself says that WordPress.com may not be right for everyone.

It may be time to expand my horizons.  It would be really nice to make  changes to the theme I’ve selected, and I became accustomed to Google Analytics years ago.  WordPress.com has very good reasons to standardize the themes it offers;  it would not be practical or safe to allow users access to features like those.  One user could destroy things  for all the rest of us!

CORT moving van, Fairway Trails Apartment comp...

CORT moving van, Fairway Trails Apartment complex, Ypsilanti, Township, Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So, I’m considering upgrading, either to WordPress.org or to the company that hosts my email and its domain.  The WordPress Guided Transfer facility is completely booked up at the moment.  However, WordPress.com’s  instructions for moving do not seem all that difficult, and my new home may be able to help as well.Am  I brave enough to venture forth without handholding?  Things that might be problems are:What features that I now enjoy seamlessly will vanish if I move?  (Yes,  I’ll get Jetpack, which you can get from WordPress.com when you leave.  It contains many of the tools we use here.)

Will the support over there be as good?  What about forums?  What about Zemanta?

Will my new host shower me with inconveniences and unexpected charges?

An experienced professional, who is familiar with my skills, said he thinks I can handle it. Writing about a potential change often helps me decide, so now that’s done.

Now  all that’s left is doing a little more research and if warranted, making the move.  My audience should not notice a thing except the esthetic presentation niceties that I long for.