BtC is moving…

Posted October 18, 2013 by Heather in Miscellaneous / 42 Comments

…to WordPress.org.

That’s right. I’ve finally made the decision to move the blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org, mostly for aesthetical reasons. (Is aesthetical even a word? The red, squiggly line says no. Heather says who cares?)

AESTHETIC. The proper usage would be “aesthetic.” Aesthetic reasons. I could just delete that whole first line and you’d never know that I had a huge brain fart, but that wouldn’t be any fun, would it?

ANYWAY.

WordPress.com has been absolutely wonderful to me–it is a great blogging platform for novices and experts alike. I have no serious complaints about it at all. There are just some things I can’t do here due to WordPress.com restrictions, so I feel like it’s time to move on.

Starting late tonight, I will be transferring the blog to WordPress.org. What does this mean? It means the blog will probably look like crap for a couple of days. Heh. It may even take a few days for the blog to be up and running like it should be. I don’t know. I’ve never done this before.

DO NOT FEAR, though. Between the Covers will be back and (hopefully) better than before as soon as I can possibly get it there.

If you are a subscriber through WordPress or email, your subscription will be transferred without you having to do anything. This may take a few days, so I will not be posting anything for at least a week to be sure that everything is in order.

If you follow the blog through a feed reader of some sort, you shouldn’t have to do a thing as I’m not changing the web address of the blog at all.

I’m a little nervous about doing this on my own, but Susie (who is being generous enough to help if I have questions) has assured me that I won’t fail. I CAN DO THIS. I’m actually more excited than nervous. I’m looking forward to setting everything up and being able to do things with the blog that I wasn’t able to do here at WordPress.com.

WISH ME LUCK.

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  • Good luck, Heather. 🙂

  • Good Luck! Have Fun!

  • Good luck! See you on the other side!

  • I’m excited for you as well. I remember making that transfer from wordpress.com to wordpress.org a few years ago. It was A LOT easier than I thought it would be once I made a DOZEN mistakes and became impatient. And depending on how smoothly and much more awesomely (that’s a word right?) your site looks I might go back. I love Blogger but hate that I have to manipulate CSS codes and generate HTML coding in order to have a drop down menu! NOT cool. I might just go to WordPress.com but we’ll see. You never realize just how much you rely on drop down menu’s until they’re gone…

    • Yeah…I don’t mind tweaking CSS or HTML, but to have to write it just to get a drop-down menu would stink.

  • Good luck, good luck!!

  • Very exciting, Heather! Make sure that when you see things you like on other people’s blogs that you ask them what plugins they have used! Everyone’s so willing to share! 🙂

  • Good luck!

  • Aesthetical! Hahaha! I had -al to the ends of lots of words too. It’s just fun, and I teach English so whatevs. 🙂

    You have totally got this. I remember being super nervous when I moved over, but it’s been such a great thing for me. I’ve loved the control I have. Let me know if you have any questions!

    • Oh my goodness, I laughed so hard (and smacked my forehead) when I remembered that it is just “aesthetic.” I’m such a dork.

      Thank you!

  • Good luck with your move. I am sure it will all work out, though it is a bit nerve wracking to contemplate. See you on the other side!

  • Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how it went-I have been toying with this for a while too.

    • Thanks! I’ll blog about it when I’m done.

  • Good luck with the move! I hope you goes smoothly!

  • Oops! I meant to say I hope “it” goes smoothly!! 🙂

    • Hee! I hope I goes smoothly, too. 😀

  • Best of luck! You can do this!

  • Good luck! But I have to ask – what is the difference between .org and .com??

    • There are things I can do with WordPress.org that I can’t do with WordPress.com.

      WordPress.com hosts websites, so it comes with restrictions (aesthetic restrictions, advertising restrictions) because it’s free and a shared service.

      WordPress.org is also free, but I have to get my own domain/server (host), so I can do more with WordPress.org.

      • Okay. I think I’ll have to look into that.

  • Good luck! I’m looking forward to seeing the new site.

  • Jose

    What will be the new web address or will it remain the same?

    • It will remain the same. 🙂

  • Good luck Heather! Looking forward to seeing the new site and reading about the process.

  • Wish I had your confidence. I’ve wanted to move to .org for a long time, but I don’t feel I have the technical skills required for creation and maintenance.

    • Well, there are still a bazillion themes to choose from on .org, and I’m lucky enough to have the free time for the maintenance if need be. If I were a busy grad student, I’d probably stick with .com, too.

  • Good idea, upgrading to WordPress.org. It gives you access to some excellent plugins and the ability to work with CSS styles. I hope your move goes well!

  • Your site looks awesome, and I love the header. I went from .com to .org about a year ago and never regretted it. You won’t either.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Bryan! I appreciate the compliments. 🙂

      I’m very happy I made the move.

      • Also returning here, I realized that the font is very clean and large enough to read without having to increase it. That is one of my various pet peeves when going to a blog: being able to…um…read it. 🙂 Keep up the good work here, Heather. It is not going unnoticed.

        • Heather

          Thanks, Bryan! My mom is legally blind, so I always keep her in mind when I decide on font and size on the blog.

  • It’s going to be great! Look forward to reading your new blog.