The past few weeks, I’ve considered upgrading this blog. The motivation is simple: This is the second most popular Blog / Site I’ve ever made. Instead of trying to replicate that success, I’ve decided to improve this blog instead. One thing that I want to change, is the domain name. Who in his right mind would look for IT tips on a site named “toretto84.wordpress.com”? Google does, but I sure wouldn’t.
So, I’ve checked out the domain name upgrade (Don’t get me started on “hosting your own blog. I tried, It doesn’t work for me.) and the price seems to be right. 15 dollars a year is less than I’d have to pay for a domain name if I register it myself. What somewhat surprised me, though, is that WordPress.com only allows you to pay through Paypal.
I don’t always read the fine print – my bad, I guess – so I assumed I could use my VISA. Turns out I was wrong. Luckily, it’s extremely easy to set up a Paypal account. And, in these modern times, it’s a breeze to transfer money to your Paypal account, even without using a credit card. All you do is transfer the amount you want, to Paypal’s Bank Account for your country, using the right reference and you’re set.
Had I known that it was THAT easy, I’d have used Paypal before. Unfortunately, Paypal isn’t very obvious about this option; which might scare some customers.
So, let me repeat that. You don’t need a credit card to use Paypal. This makes Paypal a very interesting tool for me. No need to “link my Credit Card” to Paypal”? That’s excellent!
My point is: If you’re planning to upgrade your WordPress.com blog, register for a Paypal account. It’s safe, and easy to use. Even easier than I thought.