After a time using a .blog domain with WordPress.com as my host, I decided to head back to my original jameskoole.com domain as my one-and-only domain and website.
The reasons are:
- WordPress announced that they aren’t going to provide a domain for free with their personal plans anymore.
- I didn’t have a great site up at my .com domain.
- My running blog is no more and was folded into this site anyways.
- I’m good at SEO now and have the 301 redirects in place to move all the search engine results over to jameskoole.com without issue.
- I want to get better at managing a server and doing things myself as I’ve fallen out of practice.
I opted to install WordPress on DigitalOcean in an Ubuntu droplet. That means some command line fun to get things like the Let’s Encrypt certs installed and renewed via cron. It’s pretty cheap to do it this way as the droplet is $5/month and it also gets me a server I can use for things other than the site.
Things went well with the move over (thanks WordPress for keeping data portability alive in an age of silos). Redirects are in place and I’ll be able to kill the .blog site and domain soon.