Domain Names

Over the past few days, at his request, I’ve been helping Scottie ( move his paid WordPress-hosted blog to a “regular” hosting company. He explains why this became necessary in his initial post ( at his “new” blog.

Unfortunately, the move has not been without hiccups. Some actions fell right into place. Others? Not so much. And some are still “pending.” (I think we both learned a lot about blog transfers!)

Anyway, while all this was going on, I gave some thought to moving my own blog to a regular hosting company as well. HOWEVER, I very quickly changed my mind!

When you have a free blog with WP (as I do), your domain name includes “” in the URL. In other words, to access my blog, you must type in “” (without quotes).

Now, if/when a person ever decides to move her/his blog to a “regular” webhost, the “wordpress” part is removed and the domain name becomes “”

Anyway, just out of curiosity, I decided to see if “” was available as a stand-alone domain name.

Imagine my SHOCK when I discovered that yes, it’s available — for $20,000!! Plus a yearly domain registration fee of $18.99 (which is considerably higher than the average)!

It’s been suggested that the reason for this high cost is I have “established” the name since my blog has been online since 2008.

In any case, I think it goes without saying, I’m most definitely keeping things the way they are.

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