I’m Considering Moving to WordPress.org

Well, I’ve been blogging for three and a half years as of two days ago and I’m starting to think quite seriously about which direction I want The Mad Reviewer to go.  What do you want to do with your blog?  People have been quite reasonably asking me that since I started blogging and I haven’t really found a good answer.  Talk about books with like-minded people, for the most part.  But what if I wanted to expand into a more professional sort of setting?  WordPress.com is fine for free users but I think that WordPress.org is a lot better for more serious users like the one I want to be.  Plus, there’s also not the threat of an arbitrary suspension hanging over my head again because an automated spam bot flagged me and the staff doesn’t give a rat’s arse.

With WordPress.org I’d have to become a little more tech-savvy but if I pay for a guided transfer (that includes hosting on Bluehost) and a redirect for this site so that people who are used to coming to this address automatically go to my new one I think it will be worth it.  Of course the costs will be a little high to begin with but that’s part of the reason why I took Penny Sansevieri up on her offer of paid honest reviews and why I’ve kept a change jar where I’ve put aside any change I got toward my blog.  I do have enough money to make a go of it.  The only question really is when should I do it?  As of now, I’m not quite sure.  I may do it before the craziness of July or I may do it this winter when I have a little more time to myself.

That’s why I wanted to ask you guys what you think.  Do you think I should transfer over to self-hosting?  If you’re self-hosted, what are some of the pros and cons you’ve faced?  When is the best time to do the transfer?  Do you have any other thoughts or comments on the move?

Please, I would love it if you would share your thoughts and any feedback you might have.  This is a big step for me and I want to go into it informed.

6 comments

  1. blessedmodisa

    I totally support you, Carrie. I do also believe WordPress.org has what it takes to house serious bloggers and will totally help you in your plan! 😀 I’ve try putting up a blog with WordPress.org before, but I did not last long because I’m not techy and totally clueless with their interface. Haha! But, there’s a lot of professional widgets you can use there and nowadays, people who has business in mind flock there. I send you my best wishes and no matter what your decision at the end is, I’m sure you’ll be successful. (:

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks for the feedback! I’m not very techy but at least I’m familiar with the WordPress interface so I think I have a bit of a leg up there. But I think I would save up a little and pay for a guided transfer so someone would set up my plugins and such for me.

  2. charliegirlteachergirl

    I support this move! 🙂 I’ve been toying with the idea myself, but I’m just not ready yet…and I think I need someone to help walk me through it. There are so many plug ins you can benefit from that can save you time (and maybe frustration). If it were me, I would wait until I had time to nose around and work with WordPress.org and all the tools being used. A Christmastime kickoff would be gorgeous!

    • Carrie Slager

      Thanks for your thoughts! And you’re right about Christmastime because I’m on holidays then and my traffic is always at its lowest in December so it wouldn’t affect so many people immediately. I’ll probably download the free software, check out some advice forums and see what plugins are available in the meantime. 🙂

  3. Brin Guivera

    I moved over to WordPress.org in January and it was the best decision I have made. I am not the most tech-savvy user either but there is a lot of help out there and there are so many great plugins and themes to choose from. I also highly recommend the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin. You have to buy it via Nose Graze’s shop (https://shop.nosegraze.com/product/ultimate-book-blogger-plugin/) but it saves so much time when doing reviews and it automatically catalogues them too. 😉

    I didn’t opt for the guided transfer so it took a little longer getting all of my stuff across (with the help of my more technical other half!) but it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I would definitely recommend taking the leap if you feel it is the right time. It is so worth it. 🙂

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