p>I’ve been more than a bit frustrated by the time demands on me to get this blog, based on the downloadable version of WordPress from wordpress.org, up and running. So I have been interested in what seemed a comparative ease of use for the sister product, the hosted WordPress.com, which I’ve started to use for another blog of mine, My English Lab.

But a definite advantage of the downloadable version is that I can use my own domain name for it. All that was involved was using FTP to move the folder with the WordPress files into the main public folder on my website. Even I, with my limited technical skills, found that process a piece of cake.

I’ve just posted about this on My English Lab:

There is a related limitation in not having your own domain from the outset, when your domain name is tied to a third party web hosting service, such as yourname.hostingservice.com (or in the case of this blog coachdes.wordpress.com). That’s the problem of losing readers and search engine recognition. Darren Rowse has posted about that on his ProBlogger blog and the moral of that piece seems to be that the sooner you get your own domain and stick to it, the better.

One option for this site would be to use the downloadable version of WordPress and install it on my own server, then use my own domain name. I’ve been more than a bit frustrated about the challenges that offers to me as a non-technical person in setting up my deswalsh.com site, but I may be close to having figured out enough what needs to be done for this to be a realistic option for My English Lab. And the deal I’m on with my web hosting service, HostingBay, means that making that move will only cost me about AU$20 (US$15).

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Des Walsh is a business coach and independent, confidential sounding board for business owners and entrepreneurs. A long term advocate of smart, risk-mitigating business use of technology and a certified social media strategist, he is well placed to support businesses in adapting to the rapid changes in the technological, business and social environments. Connect with Des on LinkedIn, Google+ and Twitter. And to stay in the loop, get Des’s weekly Social Business Bites (select snippets of his "best of the week" online finds).

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