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Ever since I started blogging two and half month ago, I’ve heard here and there this golden advice from experienced bloggers that the early you get your own domain name, the better. “The time to buy a domain name is when you first start blogging“, said engtech at InternetDuctTape.com in his excellent article “The Biggest Mistake a Blog Can Make is Not Owning Its Own Name“. If you have a blog and want to know why this is, read that article.
I think to me the most appealing aspect of having my own domain name is the ability to move my blog anywhere I want while keeping the same address (not that I want to leave the wonderful WordPress.com now ;-). Besides having an easy-to-remember address is quite neat too.
With that being said, I still hadn’t wanted to go through all the hassle of finding a domain registrar, configuring and managing stuff, until I came across this nice feature called “domain mapping” offered by WordPress.com, which basically takes care of everything for you. All you need to do is pick a domain name and click a couple of links. WordPress.com will be the domain registrar, configure the DNS for you and make sure your URLs redirect correctly. It charges you only $15/year which covers both the domain and the mapping. And the time it took me to set up? 3 minutes.
Of course, there is bigger price to pay for a domain change, biggest of all is Google PageRank. My walkingbetween.wordpress.com had a PageRank of 5 (if you want to know how to find out your PageRank, go here). Now I will have to start all over from… 0!