You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve been working like a mad dog to get my blog moved to its own server recently. I made the switch from a free (and restricted) blog at WordPress.com to my own web host and an installation of WordPress’ blogging software.
Why? Simply put, because I have wanted to do this for a long time and recent difficulties with support on WordPress.com forced me to take the plunge. I contacted them a week ago because many of the images on my older posts weren’t loading. I even provided an example post, but have gotten no resolution or even further contact from them. At least with my own server, I won’t be held hostage when a problem arises.
I still have a few kinks to work out – namely with the images. Although the export/import process worked fairly well (who am I kidding, it was painful), there was no way to pull over the aforementioned missing photos. I will have to manually go through and either re-upload them or delete the broken links.
Another thing I’m a little bummed out is losing over three years of stats. My free blog on WordPress had over 400,000 hits, but the statistics engine on this installation is starting from scratch.
I’ll comfort myself in the knowledge that I can install and uninstall as many plugins as my little heart desires, or maybe place a few contextual text ads to cover the cost of my hosting – both things that weren’t allowed on WordPress.com.