Please Update Your WordPress Follow or Subscription ASAP!

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My domain name has changed to EverAfterrSL.com! If you use an app like Feedly to receive my site updates, please update your RSS subscription to point to https://everafterrsl.com/feed/. If you use the WordPress.com reader to follow my site, please UNFOLLOW and RE-FOLLOW my site, as the previous feeds may no longer be updating properly. Thank you so much! ♥

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14 thoughts on “Please Update Your WordPress Follow or Subscription ASAP!

    Becky said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Good move :)

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 27, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      I thought you might think so, Becky! ^_^ Thank you again for your wonderful articles at SL Blogger Support, they’ve been hugely helpful!

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    Kat Feldragonne said:
    May 27, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Why the change? I’ve debated doing the same, but haven’t yet. What’s the benefit?

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 27, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Hey Kat! I believe I saw you comment on this post, but just in case, Becky talks about the benefits of registering a custom domain at SL Blogger Support: http://slbloggersupport.com/2015/05/16/seo-my-second-life-blog/

      One thing I’ll caution though: I published a new post the day after I updated my domain, and it didn’t show up in the RSS feed, and (I don’t think?) followers of my original blog address received it either. I started a thread at the WordPress Support Forum and a mod is trying to verify things on their end. I had to publish the post above on the *old* domain (you can switch back and forth between primary domains easily in the WordPress dashboard) in order for it to show up in the old feed and in old reader subscriptions. It’s a bit of a pain in the buns initially, especially if you have a lot of readers and followers, as your blog surely does. Also it does cost $26/year, or you can opt for the $99 “premium” WP plan and I *believe* they give you a domain for free, plus a much greater ability to stylize your site.

      Hope that helps! :)

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        Kat Feldragonne said:
        May 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

        Well, that is concerning. They tout it as a ‘seamless’ change, but now it seems it isn’t. I’m just wondering, given the pita it may be, are the benefits worth it? What made you decide to get a domain rather than use the wordpress.com? I get the ability to add plug-ins and the like, I’ve dealt with WP as a CMS for RL websites. And I missed a post? *gasps in horror*

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          Ever Afterr responded:
          May 27, 2015 at 2:29 pm

          Actually please let me know if your Reader is showing the post from May 26th, Kat! The one that may have gone astray was “Tip: How to Find Places in Second Life that Don’t Appear in Search Listings.” That would be really, really helpful for troubleshooting. Thank you! <3

          I'll answer the rest of of your questions on the other comment.

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    Kat Feldragonne said:
    May 27, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Also, my store shows only $18/yr for the domain – did you also get the site redirect option? If so, shouldn’t that have kept everything working properly for readers? Sorry to be so nosy, it’s just been an issue I’ve debated forever, so I’m curious what others think about it. :-P

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      Ever Afterr responded:
      May 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      So to answer your questions: I’m still using WordPress.com (not WordPress.org self-hosted, which I’ve done in the past for business sites, and you’re right – it’s a whole different beast!) The only change I made was to purchase the custom domain.

      Using a domain on your WordPress.com costs $13 if you got your domain elsewhere. I was originally going to do it that way, but I couldn’t find any good coupons or deals for domain registration, so I was looking at at least $10/year to get my domain from another company. Additionally, registrars often make you pay extra for domain privatizing (which protects your RL name and address), so it could have potentially been in the $13-15 yearly range, if not more. When added to the $13 that WP charges for the domain redirect, the cost came out to be virtually the same.

      If you buy a domain directly through WordPress.com, the cost is $18 minimum per year. If you want your domain to be privatized, it’s another $8 per year, so $26/year total. That seemed fairly spendy to me, to be honest – I remember the days when a domain cost $7 or $8 a year with privacy thrown in gratis. But when compared to the cost of doing it myself as mentioned, I just went for it through WP. I figured, as you said, it would be a more seamless transition that way.

      That being said though: the $26/year doesn’t give me access to plugins, customized templates, or any other perks. It’s genuinely just the domain name, nothing more. If you pay for the $99 Premium upgrade, I believe you get a free domain (probably not private), as well as the ability to tweak your template via CSS, and your site suppresses any ads that might be displayed (I’ve never seen any ads on my site personally; maybe because I use the AdBlock plugin?) You also get another 10GB of space for media storage and access to email support. Honestly though, using Flickr for pictures and the support forum works perfectly fine for me, and I’m happy enough with the template as-is that I didn’t feel the $99 plan was worth it (for now).

      Benefits-wise, a shorter URL is nice! And also, my URL now matches my Twitter and Reddit handles, which is good from a personal branding standpoint as the wise Canary Beck might say. :) Otherwise, I’m honestly not sure if a custom domain gets a boost in search engines or any other perks, but it’s just kinda cool to have. Although you make a good point about the transition from a x.wordpress.com domain to a custom domain and keeping things working properly; thus far that hasn’t been my experience, and there are a number of threads on the Support forum mentioning similar issues that I wish I’d seen before upgrading (*kicks self*). Ideally, and the way they INTEND for it to work, is that you would slap a domain on your account and everything would naturally redirect, including RSS feeds and the feeds for people who use the WordPress.com Reader. Maybe that just takes some time, we’ll see. But I figured it couldn’t hurt to ask people to kindly re-sub or un-follow/re-follow just in case.

      Eeep, long comment! I hope that helps a bit though!

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        Kat Feldragonne said:
        May 27, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        Yes, it does! Figures that the $18/yr is the minimum, lol. And I’ve had the same thought about getting my WP to match my name on other networks. I’ll have to stop by the forums and see what the issues are, esp since they tell you that the change won’t affect your readers/followers/rss. :/

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          Ever Afterr responded:
          May 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm

          Yay, I’m glad! And here’s the link to the thread I started at Support: https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/rss-feed-not-redirecting-after-custom-domain-upgrade

          You’re right, I thought $18/year was pretty fair, and then the bomb dropped that the privatization wasn’t included. Boo! I’m really surprised that’s just not the standard these days, but I guess anywhere they can tack on an additional cost, they’re happy to do so!

          You’re really blessed to have a unique and distinctive name; I would think getting it at various social networks and such would be pretty straightforward. You always have the option too of just registering your domain name with NetFirms, GoDaddy, or similar and just pointing it to your WordPress URL. (I think that’s still a possibility?) If so, that could be a cheaper way of getting around the cost issue without doing the whole WordPress redirect, although I’m not 100% certain on that.

          But yes, biggest thing to consider is whether you risk losing followers or subscribers. I’ll let you know if I find out more from WP Support!

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            Kat Feldragonne said:
            May 27, 2015 at 3:37 pm

            Well, thanks in part to you, I have my name on 7 or 8 networks, lol, so it makes sense to do the same with my blog. I should have realized the privatization was extra, having done that with RL sites. 😕 but the redirect is an issue, or may be, so research is in order. That said, I would almost certainly go through WP. As you said, going other routes doesn’t really save $ and I’d rather have the WP support if I have issues. 😀

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              Ever Afterr responded:
              May 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm

              Awww, happy to be a good/bad influence! (SIGN-UP FOR ALL THE SITES, KAT! You know you want to!) Actually I need to take inspiration from you and get my buns on Avatar Social Network already. Is that the one you’re on? Also KoinUp! Gahhh, so much to learn about and so little time! :)

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                Kat Feldragonne said:
                May 27, 2015 at 3:45 pm

                I’m thinking Reddit is kind of a bust for me, so I’m actually considering Plurk. 😁😜

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