Some time ago, I admitted to being in a quandary. As of today, I have two blog sites, Keith Kreates and Our parking space, at wordpress.com. Because of the way I chose to configure them, the cost for renewal, which comes split into two chunks in August and September, amounts to 220€ ($240). Various options are available to reduce this cost, and I have finally decided which way to go.
As of today, the two blogs are merged and available (self-hosted) at channing.info/wp. Try it; it works. I shall run them in parallel for a week or three, to make sure there are no serious gotchas (technical term), then keithkreates.com will point to the new location, and subscribers/followers will automatically transfer, too. There are a couple of disappointments in the transfer system:
- while email subscribers will continue to receive email notifications of new posts as before, WordPress.com followers will only see new posts in the Reader. They will not receive email updates unless they subscribe to receive those on the new site, and
- Social Media follower counts are a feature that’s only available on WordPress.com stats. Jetpack-connected self-hosted sites only show WordPress.com followers and email subscribers. That means the count that I see will drop by almost 160 overnight.
I hope I’m doing the right thing…