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  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.erskine Kimberly A. Erskine

    Thank you for explaining the difference between WordPress and Tumblr, I’ve been wondering about that! I have a question though – do you think it makes a big difference if you buy a domain name as opposed to just using a free account? I’m just getting started with WordPress and still learning the basics and have been toying with the idea of buying a domain name.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the question Kimberly.
      Buying a domain name enables you to “own” your own name online rather than building up the assets of the free network that you are using. Having your own domain allows you to build up your “Google juice” for yourself. You can also then take your domain name to whichever hosting company you like. If you look at your Tumblr name it will be a subset of their name. eg http://jeffbullas.tumblr.com/
      That is why creating a self hosted blog with your own domain named gives you ultimate flexibility and ownership.

  • http://www.lauriedesautels.com/ lauriedesautels

    Great information Jeff. I really want to move my Blogger account over to WordPress. Is that easy to do?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Laurie it will depend on how much content you currently have on the blogger platform. Sometimes it is best to start with a fresh slate.
      This might help

      • http://www.lauriedesautels.com/ lauriedesautels

        Thanks again Jeff!

  • http://socialmediarevolver.com/ KrisOlin

    As a long time WordPress user/designer I can’t recommend it highly enough. WP is great for blogs, websites as well as combination of the two. Great article, Jeff!

    My advice to Laurie is to start fresh with WP 3.4.1 and just rewrite about 6-10 your latest/most important posts. You can give them the exact original publication date if you want.

  • Jan

    Why go through WebHostingBuzz.com? I went directly to WordPress.com and started right away. WordPress is free. WebHostingBuzz.com is $4.95 a month. I don’t get it.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks Jan for the question. It comes down to flexibility, control and the level of customization.
      1. Monetization and Advertisements: WordPress.com does not allow you to include advertisements of any kind.
      2. Customization: WordPress.com provides a limited amount of space and customization options (although enough for most beginner bloggers).
      So It maybe a good place to start but if you want to get serious you need to have a self hosted blog with your own domain. If your traffic starts building it then transferring it can be a bit of a task.

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  • http://www.douglaserice.com/ Douglas E Rice

    Simple and straightforward. I love it! Nice screenshots, too. Definitely sharing this!

  • Mordechai Schiller

    Thanks for the tutorial. I have a Blogger (Blogspot) blog now. I’ve been thinking of moving it to my own domain. Could I start a WordPress blog and migrate my old Blogger posts?

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for the question. It is better to start with a clean slate and copy and paste them over. If that task is too big for you outsource it to Freelancer or Elance.

  • Juergen Thulke

    This is really simple – thank you for this post!

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  • http://twitter.com/paulodmaia Paulo Maia

    If I start a blog in WordPress.com, mainly for cost reasons, is it viable to move it later to a self hosted (say WebHostingBuzz.com) or is it a copy/paste task? Thank you.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      You cam transfer the blog over without to much difficulty generally to a self hosted WordPress site. So you don’t have to copy and paste, but I would recommend that you get someone like a web company to do it for you or someone who understands WordPress and hosting to make sure you keep your data. That is actually what I did . You would not have to cut and paste and it would make sure you don’t lose all your articles and comments.

  • http://twitter.com/socialmedia_mob Social Media Avatar

    Awesome walk-through tutorial ! I am wondering if one can start with abc.wordpress.com blog and then later on use the above services to setup the domain and the website and migrate? Is it possible?

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  • http://www.sufalamtech.com/ Web Development Company

    Thanks for this idea. When I first added these links ( I added both in my wordpress admin site and in my ecto preferences) I noticed a boost in traffic. In the last week or so, I have not seen much traffic at all. Granted I am real new to this but I’m still trying to figure out If I might be shooting myself in the foot by having these ping links in both ecto and wordpress.

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  • Marsha Ingrao

    I love my WordPress blog, but for beginners it is not quite this simple. I ran into all kinds of snags along the way, and since I started with WP, no outside web hosting, I was pretty much on my own, except that the WP community pitched in to help me. I documented most of my problems and frustrations along the way on my blog, http://www.tchistorygal.com.

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  • http://www.cloudways.com/ Fahad M Rafiq

    Having a blog on your business website is very helpful these days as it helps you reach out to your target audience.
    If you have a WordPress website and your theme doesn’t have blog support then follow this tutorial and learn how to create WordPress blog on your website.

    Here are the details: http://www.cloudways.com/blog/how-to-setup-a-wordpress-blog-for-business/

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