We made it! Guided Transfer out of WordPress.com and its support finished yesterday. MK, a WordPress.com Happiness Engineer, got our Blog up and running in its new location. Our tech vocabulary and ignorance of the system really hampered communications. MK looked beyond the phrasing of a question and addressed the underlying problem. To paraphrase: ”Shall I give you what I think you asked for, or should I give you what you want?”
Early impression: coming to the more powerful environment (“WordPress Extended?”) was the right thing to do. There is a wonderful variety of plugins and themes that don’t work in WordPress.com. The freedom to experiment with, then choose, a tool to make our blog nicer is worth the move.
The last few days we’ve been nose-deep in WordPress in Depth, trying to draw up the final list of questions for MK. More questions will come up, but we got our money’s worth.
Here are some wonderments:
- One commercial site analytics package said we have over 1,400 broken links. A tool from WordPress’ plugin menu says we have none. Now is not the time to reconcile the two reports.
- We have a lot to learn about tags, key phrases, stop words, site maps and other Search Engine Optimization (SEO) techniques. Chances are that some already-published pages will be corrected when we know how.
- Have to choose between (a) learning about SEO enough to avoid additional mistakes or (b)keeping the blog going and applying learning as the perceived need arises.
- Some of the plug-ins I opted to pay for over on WordPress.com are now asking for money on the new side. Is this right? (Well, possibly in some cases, but which ones?)
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