Beginning this exercise, you think “What the hell, I want more flexibility – lets move the blog”. Of course nothing in life is that straight forward. To export a WordPress.com blog to a hosted account, is not that complex. If you are remotely interested you can read about it here.
Like all things, you need to get everything into place beforehand. So, firstly I registered a new domain and with a name like mine there is not a lot of competition for relevant domains that involve the name ‘paul draskovich’ 🙂 I use Namecheap because as the name implies that is exactly what it is.
Next set up a WordPress installation with your hosting provider. In my case I am beginning to use GVO Hosting because they offer an amazing infrastructure at a really reasonable price.
Then you need to decide on a theme. There are of course a lot of really good free themes out there but I want a specific look and I want to add some specific functionality. So last week I spent hours checking out the various WordPress theme providers. Trust me there are a lot. What became clear was the need to find a provider that gives you a wide choice of themes, really good support and infrastructure at a realistic price. I chose Woo Themes because they met all of those requirements.
This week I will finalise the structure of the new site, test it and then migrate. Should be interesting.