The beginner blogger may not take into consideration the importance of the url for their blogs. So the question arises, “Can I change my blog url?” The answer might be yes and then again it might be no. It will depend on where you put your beginner blog at its onset. So, let’s talk about the where the blog is first.
Deciding where you will have your beginner blog is something that you should think about before you begin. I think many beginning bloggers are a little hesitant to purchase a domain name and pay for hosting right out of the gate. That is understandable. You aren’t sure that you want to put money into something that you aren’t sure will be a success and begin to pay for itself in a short period of time. You purchase the rights to a domain name for no less than one year and then it is renewable for one year, two year, or three year increments. With your own domain name (that is what your url will be) you also will need to pay someone to host the domain and blog. Hosting fees are paid for either one month at a time or some give you an option of quarterly, six months or an entire year payment methods.
If you choose this method, be sure you are going to be happy with the url (domain name) that you purchased because it is yours and will be for at least one year. Going this way with a beginner blog doesn’t allow for the ability to change the blog url. Well, you could be it would mean purchasing a different url and moving everything over. You will not get a refund for the first url (domain name) that you purchased.
If you started your beginner blog on a free Blogger site or with a WordPress.com platform, you can change the name of your url to get rid of the blogspot.com or wordpress.com ending to your url. It would involve doing the above, purchasing a domain name (url) and getting hosting. You would then move your content over to the new url. Actually this way is pretty easy to change.
You might have put your beginner blog on a MU (multi-user) site and after a while you decide you want to change the blog url to one that you own. Again it involves purchasing the name and hosting, but it can be done.
I am going to make a short little series about this topic in the coming few weeks. There can be some problems with making a change to your blog url and I will discuss those with you. I can give you some personal pointers since I actually did this very thing with one of my early blogs.
Until next week with Part 2 to this question: “Can I change my blog url?”