B.R.S.M. All this happened, more or less.

17Jul/114

Twitter, webhosting and domains

A couple of quick, non-chemical things. Firstly, I now have a Twitter account (@BRSM_blog, as @BRSM was taken), so if you're not into RSS or just hitting F5 every ten minutes I'll tweet something when I post things from now on. I promise there will be no non-chemical updates, rants, or boring stuff. Secondly, I'm contemplating moving the blog, and probably getting a more sensible domain sometime in the next few months. The hosting I currently have is pretty basic (no PHP5, which really limits what wordpress plugins I can use) and I'm pretty close to maxing out my meagre monthly bandwidth allowance even with a fairly small number of readers and a simple layout. I'm inclined to just get some better hosting and do everything myself, as that'd be nice and easy, and I could migrate the whole site pretty quickly, but I notice a lot of people are using wordpress.com for hosting. My main concern for wordpress.com is that I don't know how easy it'd be to migrate the site over, and I think you have to pay extra in order to stay ad free, which I really, really want to do. So, fellow bloggers, what are people doing? Who's good?

Also, I'm inclined to get a more sensible/memorable domain name while I'm at it, but brsm.com, .co.uk, .net, .org etc. are all taken. I can either get something silly like brsm.xxx, brsm.mobi or brsm.asia, or get something slightly different like brsmblog.com. That's pretty memorable, right?

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  1. The fee to stay add free on wordpress.com is $30 a year. First 5 years of existence of OrgPrepDaily I did not pay anything and there were no adds, I suppose they did not bother with blogs that had low access rate. Early this year I got a survey request from WordPress.com whether I was happy with their service (and unfortunately I responded that I was very happy and would gladly recommend it to others) and right the next morning the adds began appearing. So I forked out $30 because I thought it was tolerable.

    Their price list is here http://en.wordpress.com/products/. You can keep your own old domain or have a new one for about $15 a year.

    One thing that I really liked about wordpress.com is their spam filter – without it policing the comment section would be a huge burden

  2. I’ve noticed that I often (maybe a third of the time) get an error message (something like the server is unavailable) when I try to access this blog. Have there been technical problems recently?

  3. Thanks for the kind comments on my (very new) blog. Yours, meantime, is cranking along, can’t wait to see more.


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