Yashvinblogs.com is now on wordpress.com

Despite being initially very fascinated by Namecheap’s cloud WordPress hosting called EasyWP, things did not work out very well during the past months. Tired of having to report issues, I finally took the decision to move to a paid wordpress.com plan.

For some reasons, which even Namecheap’s support could not figure out, my blog kept having frequent down times. I even tried deleting the blog and started all over again, changed themes, disabled plugins but no vain. I also noticed that the blog was randomly available from different browsers. Nobody has been able to explain the issues except the usual mails:

Fortunately, the hosting charges were reimbursed recently after I complained about the service. Read my review about Namecheap’s EasyWP here. Since I already tested quite a lot of hosting companies, this time, I decided to go even further by testing WordPress’ own paid plans.

Available plans

wordpress plans

The above plan page is pretty descriptive and you can easily compare the various plans available. Depending on your budget and needs, a personal blogger will probably subscribe to any of the following plans Free, Blogger, Personal or Premium. 

Based on my hosting budget, I opted for the “Premium” plan, which also allowed me to automatically subscribe to WordPress’ own advert program, called “WordAds”. For info, none of the plans allow you to directly add Google Adsense to your pages. This was quite a concern for me as I relied on my Google Adsense revenues to pay for my hosting. During the past years, the blog was financially self-sufficient. Without much choice left, the “Premium” plan gives me the opportunity to test WordAds.

During checkout, I grabbed a free WordPress coupon, giving me a discount of 15%. Thus, I paid $82 for the first year with renewals being billed at around $90 yearly. At this price, you can get one shared hosting package solution in which you can get unlimited disk space, web sites, domains and sub-domains, free email service. But at wordpress.com, you get only 1 blog. Period.

Setting up the paid WordPress.com blog

Setting up is very simple if you still have your blog online somewhere else:

  1. Load your blog, export your content through the admin panel.
  2. You create an account and pay for the desired package
  3. Open your new blog, go to import and upload that exported file.
  4. Wait for a few mins for the import to be completed. This process will pull the media (images etc) from your blog into your new wordpress.com blog.
  5. Click “Launch site” to make it publicly available
  6. Point your domain DNS to WordPress name servers.
  7. Done

Yes, it has really been so simple.

Pros

  • So simple to set up
    As described above, going online is really straight forward. However, I guess that things might be really complicated if your blog is not online at the time of setting up as you don’t have any database or ftp access to WordPress.com servers. 
  • Super fast
    Loading my blog is really super fast now. I can’t complain. No need to be stressed about any caching or optimization. 
  • Uptime



    I keep fingers crossed on this one. I should not have any issues here as WordPress.com is unfortunately badly reputed to keep everything restricted so that users cannot change a great deal of things that might break your blog, other blogs and the servers.

Cons

Oh hell, there’s a lot you need to sacrifice in order to achieve a trouble-free blogging (I hope so) and hosting experience unless you have loads of money allowing you to purchase the most expensive plans. So, the negative points listed below really depend on the plan you are purchasing. I will base my points on the fact that I took a Premium plan:

  • You can’t add any plugin other than those activated automatically by JetPack. So, no fancy feature anymore. I can’t even add thumbnails to the recent posts sidebar. Bye bye Disqus.
  • A large variety of themes (free and paid) is readily available but the only disadvantage is that you won’t be able to bring much tweaks. You can play with the CSS and that’s all. 
  • If you are using a custom domain, your blog will always show https://yourdomain.com. So, no www in front of your domain name. All traffic will automatically be redirected accordingly.
  • Permalinks format are automatically fixed and limited to 
    ‘yourblogname.com/year/month/postname
    So, for example, my birthday’s blog post which was previously accessible through https://www.yashvinblogs.com/happy-birthday-2019/ will now be automatically redirected to https://yashvinblogs.com/2019/03/22/happy-birthday-2019/

This said, I expect all my indexed links on search engines to be updated accordingly with time.

  • You can’t neither generate a sql backup of your database or download your media files for re-use to rebuild your blog on another server. If in the future, you need to move to another host, you absolutely need to use the export feature and import back the exported file into another wordpress installation. Any media (images/videos) should be automatically imported into the new environment but at the time of import, the previous blog need to be online and accessible. Very similar process to what I did to set up my blog here.

WordPress wrote their own list of hosting a blog on wordpress.com vs wordpress.org. So, just have a look here if you want more details.  Also, good to know that the Business plan allow you to install plugins and upload themes while the E-commerce plan adds e-commerce related features.

Domain management

When subscribing to a wordpress plan, you are given the choice to grab the free domain (included in the plan) or to use an existing domain. This allows you to replace the yourblog.wordpress.com format to something more personal and easy to remember.

Grab the free domain or use an existing domain

If you are using an existing domain, like in my case, you can opt to
(1) Move your domain to wordpress domain management system or
(2) Keep existing domain management and just change the DNS settings

However, I find it always a good practice to keep the domain and the hosting on two different companies. I feel reassured just in case any of them shuts down lol.

Transfer your existing domain to wordpress or just change your current DNS

WordAds

This is completely a new world for me, so let’s wait for the earnings to show up (if any) and let me reach the minimum $100 to be able to receive the payment. If you want me to write a post on this topic, you need to actively visit the adverts 🙂

Summing up

The unreliable hosting has caused much harm to the blog because of the down times and also to other accessibility issues faced. Since things did not work out as expected, I could not wait anymore. It has been only a few days since I’m on this new platform, it will take me time to grasp everything and get used to the new way of doing things. I’m all excited to start this adventure on a new hosting (again!) but hopefully, let’s be positive.

It is somewhat ironical but I can completely compare this new environment switch to the transition from an Android phone to an iPhone. You are damned restricted to do things but what matters at the end, is that you turn out to be more productive and focused on what really matters.

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9 thoughts on “Yashvinblogs.com is now on wordpress.com

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  1. Interesting. I’m keen to know how things evolve during the next few months.

    Personally, I host my websites on a Linode VPS which I manage myself. This gives me a lot of flexibility and I have 99.9% uptime thanks to utilities such as Monit.

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    1. Looking forward to love the experience. Let’s wait and see. And congrats for the first comment ever since I’m on WordPress.com 🎉

      I don’t wanted to manage servers or get hands dirty, especially with limited time lol. But I believe that’s another kind of fun and experience 😉

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  2. I tried that plan through wordpress.com but I cancelled it after a few days. It doesn’t have any SEO at all. You can’t edit the page description that shows up on facebook even. That only comes with a very high plan.
    I did notice your page when down a lot when I was trying to view it when you were with easywp. The post pages would show fine but the main page just would show blank. I might try Easywp not sure yet but I need the SEO.

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    1. @Chan : That’s true for the SEO but now that you mention that, I will try to do some tests over the next days.
      So, you did had that awful experience when I was on on EasyWP too. I host another blog on the same account and did not get any issues yet. Much smaller traffic blog.

      Thanks a lot for coming. Don’t worry, you won’t have the blank page anymore ✌️

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      1. Ok, good. It’s weird maybe it was a issue with a post or the cache they have. It really sounds like a page caching issue maybe with their cache plugin that works with it. I used varnish cache before dreampress used it. It had similar issues until I cleared cache. Sometimes I had to get them to. Some themes mess it up because of the cookies they use. It’s possible it could be the AdWords on the site. Cookies messing with the cache system they use. Not sure which one they use but it really sounds like that is it. Do you use ads on the other site?
        Let me know about the Seo tests. Changing Facebook share images is a must for me. WordPress premium does have it. I can’t afford the one I plan that would include it.

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      1. Try to do this :
        (1) Search for “shopNCash” and then “Click and Collect Winners” on Google.
        (2) Have a look at the results and see if my blog is on the first page?
        (3) Repeat search on Bing etc…

        According to me, my blog is very well referenced as in both cases, someone can easily stumble on my blog, especially on the last 2 articles I wrote when I came on wordpress.com

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