Checklist: EmigrationMay 24, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Posted in Thoughts | 10 Comments
Tags: Izumi Konata, Lucky Star, Wordpress
Holiday season now, at least until late August. So now’s the perfect time to get started on the difficult task of ’emigrating’ to- no, I’m not leaving this country, so don’t weep… I’m just preparing for an eventual move from this WordPress blog to a free host, and there’s plenty I need to find out.
To keep this simple, here’s a checklist:
1) Find out which free host is the best of the lot.
– So far I’ve found: http://www.free-webhosts.com/
– At the very least, consider the possibility of getting a paid host.
2) Find out the drawbacks of using a free host.
– Overload in advertising and banner/pop-up ads.
– Frequent downtime without access to your site.
– Lack of support, dependability or reliability.
– Use of limited space, then possible removal if you overuse the space allotted.
– Lack of secure server access.
– The speed of their servers may be slower than those of paid hosts.
– Restrictions on file sizes and types allowed to be uploaded to your free site.
– Unremarkable or easily forgettable domain names that are so long that they take your breath away before you can even remember them.
Source. They aren’t free, so the info may be biased, though…
3) Looks like I’ll need to get a domain name too.
– I’d love to stay as aprilius20.wordpress.com.
– Of course, aprilius20.com would be nice, but I think I’d have to pay for that.
– Something like aprilius20.gofish.com is just too horrible *burn it out of mind!*
– I’ve heard of domain names being taken away because they were free, because someone paid for it. Scary.
4) Negativing the drawbacks of a free host:
– Find one without ads and no lies.
– Downtime. Do I need to worry about this? I get anything from 10 to 100 views a day. Average 30. Should I worry?
– Lack of support. Don’t see the need for it, anyway.
– Limited space. No worries, I’ll just store my files elsewhere. But do posts take up space? One word equals one kilobyte?
– Lack of secure server access. Wuzzat?
– Server speed may be slower than paid hosts. Should I worry about this with my low traffic?
– Upload restrictions. I won’t upload files there, so no problem with this one.
– Lousy domain names. This could be an issue.
5) Build a new site. Will need tools, and learn how to use them.
– Considering Microsoft Web Developer, since I can get the full version for free.
-Open Source? I don’t know of any.
6) Learn about ads.
– Three options at the moment: Advertlets, Adsense, and Nuffnang.
– Whether I’ll need PayPal, or a credit card.
– How the ads work.
– On the other hand, if I could garner enough hits to maintain a paid host…
Oh well, that’s that, for now, at least.
P.S: Now Chrome is screwing with me- this post makes my site look funny, with the half of the blue turned to white. It’s working fine in Firefox though.