Giving something back?

Given the day that’s in it, after seven years of blogging, I feel like I should try and give something back to the blogosphere.

Over the years I have offered hosting to a number of people who I felt deserved better tools than Blogspot offers, or would be better served by having their own domain, and the use of the WordPress platform.

So my offer is this, for what it’s worth:

To the first five people who leave a comment to this post (or drop me an email alternatively), and who’s blog is hosted on a third party platform such as, or, I will offer one year of free hosting using the WordPress platform. Included are advice and support on how best to implement the installation, full FTP access, a default selection of themes, and an array of plugins. I will install and host WordPress for you, free of charge. I will also help with any import of entries from a prior blog.

Of course there might not be five people out there who want this, so if you know of anyone, do leave a comment and point me in their direction.

And another thought, if at the end of the year you wish to move, I will of course export your database to a file, and you can go out on your own into the brave world of self-hosting. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 thoughts on “Giving something back?”

  1. Maybe you should raffle them. I imagine people, some at least, would be too modest to comment and expect something up front like that. I could be wrong of course and you might get a flood of comments right after mine, demanding freebies ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and it’s a generous offer but I’m happy with my free Google hosting for now thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. You may be right Gamma. Interested parties can also contact me via email, if they prefer.

  3. Cool post and idea Gavin.

    Just posted it on Twitter. Let’s see who are the first 5 to benefit ๐Ÿ™‚




  4. Hey Gavin

    I’m happy with my Blogspot set-up to be honest and wouldn’t want to attempt the ordeal of transferring my blog and redoing all my internal links. As the guys above though, I just wanted to say awesome stuff offering this to people.

  5. Hi Gavin,

    Thanks very much for this very generous offer.

    I’m quite new to blogging and have just started using Due to the amount of time that I devote to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, the blog tends to take a back seat and I’d like to focus on it a little more. So I’d be happy to accept your kind offer if it’s still available. I was wondering if it’s possible to import comments as well as entries from prior blogs? Many thanks.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Best, Fiona.

  6. Can’t say I’ve ever had complaints… Though I’m pretty sure you must have from my stupid questions over the years! Congrats on the anniversary dude!

  7. This is a very kind offer – but I’d be perfectly happy if you’d point me to a good guide to migrating from Blogger to WordPress on my own domain.

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