Emily reflects upon the problem of starting a blog on a hosted service like TypePad and relying upon the subdomain URL you are given when you do in a post rather appropriately titled Starting a new blog? Get your own domain name! Do NOT use a subdomain.
‘The irony here is that I actually own a lot of domain names and I genuinely can’t fathom why I didn’t just use a domain of my own when I started this blog. Don’t make the same mistake as me or you could end up feeling trapped like I do right now. Consider yourselves warned.’
My main advice to new bloggers on this topic is to attempt to think ahead as much as possible. While it’s difficult to see too far into the future and it might feel a little excessive to fork out for a domain name and hosting (and it seems difficult to set up) i might save you quite a few headaches in the future.
Of course if you are trapped on a subdomain it’s not the end of the world either. There are some very successful blogs out there on them or who have used different methods to move to new set ups from them – all is not lost – but if you are in start up mode think carefully.