WordPress.com To Self Hosted For 99 Bucks

Just a few days ago, Automattic launched a new plugin pack called Jetpack which takes some of the best features of WordPress.com and puts them into plugin form to be used on self hosted WordPress sites. Today, Automattic announced that they are now offering a Guided Transfer service which will enable WordPress.com users to easily migrate to a self hosted WordPress install on a WordPress.org recommend host.

When I first saw the news, I didn’t think any people would be buying such a service considering most of what needs to be transferred between the two is content and that is easily done via the WordPress XML file. However, after giving it some thought, I realized that the user base on WordPress.com is mostly made up of people who either don’t want the hassle of maintaining their site or do not have the technical skills to do so. So after spending some time on WordPress.com and feeling comfortable with the software, I can see how someone would pay $99.00 for the convenience and satisfaction of having their hand held for two weeks so they can keep on publishing content without worrying about all the technical fuss to get things situated.

I’m not quite sure why GoDaddy and Network Solutions are among the list of recommended webhosts considering I hear nothing but bad things about GoDaddys setup. Meanwhile, Network Solutions definitely didn’t have the best of years as it relates to WordPress. I know webhosting companies make mistakes but the mistakes that were made by some of the webhosts that are being recommend were rookie mistakes at best dealing with permission issues. One has to think if some of the webhosts being recommended are purely because of they payout based on affiliate or referrals. The reputation of WordPress is on the line so to speak if those webhosts don’t deliver. Then again, some of the hosts have been recommended by WordPress for years as they’ve gone through a series of problems.

It’s too bad HostGator was not added to the list. Ever since I switched to them early in 2010, I’ve had nothing but good experiences with the company ranging from up time to their support. They are big fans of WordPress and do a good job of keeping their customers informed as to what’s going on within the company. So while HostGator doesn’t make their list, I can say that I fully recommend them for your hosting needs.

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  1. I host five blogs on GoDaddy and the service is top-notch. There have been a couple times when there were problems, but GoDaddy resolved them quickly.


  2. Some good points. And yes, had the same concerns about the hosting. I do support Bluehost, but that’s the only one and think Hostgator should be there. GoDaddy, that’s scary! Network Solution, bad history with WordPress but shaping up, although I wouldn’t recommend them…


  3. I agree 200% about HostGator being top notch and Godaddy and Network Solutions being not-recommended for hosting. I very much appreciate the article for the news – I’m a little confused about who’s on the cusp of either using .com or self hosted – I mean either you’re doing a great blog or you’re doing a massive website. How many people are in some middle area where it could really go either way? Seems odd, no?

    I work with someone using The Planet, now Softlayer, paying $219 a month for a dedicated server and when we have a question about something acting peculiar, they tell us we have to go to a third party. I have checked out HostGator for a similar situation and for less money they will help you with ANYTHING. People paying over $200 a month for hosting should get help. HostGator has also been very fast, always.

    The biggest testimonial I can give to HostGator is that they probably have the lowest commission rate in the industry and I send people there because they work and they answer the phone. It’s a lose-lose for a computer consultant because you get a lower commission and you make less money from resolving less headaches. (I’m kidding, that’s win-win in my book.)


  4. One has to think if some of the webhosts being recommended are purely because of they payout based on affiliate or referrals.

    Yes, they’ve replaced the old affiliate hosting page on wordpress.org with one geared more towards .com here, presumably because they wanted the revenue to go to Automattic rather than Matt personally. The customer experience after departing wordpress.com is not really their problem; they’ve already got their $99 and their referral cut. The dodginess of some of these hosts has never impacted on Automattic’s credibility before, and there’s no reason why it should now.

    I do think they’re taking advantage of the ignorance of their prospective customers. WP itself is fairly complex these days, and if you’re comfortable with the plethora of menus and options on wordpress.com you shouldn’t really have any trouble navigating your webhost’s control panel. Dreamhost already includes all the free wordpress.com themes in its one-click installs and it wouldn’t surprise me if the others are doing the same. I reckon I could get a carbon copy of my wordpress.com blog up and running within ten minutes, but obviously if somebody else is doing it all for you then DNS propagation is going to make it look like a much longer job ;)


  5. I tend to think that anyone who needs help migrating should really stay put.


  6. @Patrick D. -Patrick, I would strongly suggest you try HostGator and I predict you will be shocked at how much faster your blog runs on their system. I was, literally, shocked. I never thought there could be such differences.

    And I mean really, how do you tolerate their interface? It’s hands-down nuts!


  7. @Bob Dunn -Your points are valid, and Network Solutions is typically extremely expensive, isn’t it? Maybe not “extremely expensive” but absolutely “more expensive than necessary”.


  8. @Dave – I would definitely agree with this. After the one-time move, there are also problems that crop up and novice will just need more help.


  9. @Rob Reale – I don’t find their interface that bad, but I’m only there when setting up. Once a blog is running, it’s all WordPress interfaces. So, again, not a big deal to me.


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