Wow, it’s so great to say that. 2013 was going to be a momentous year for me.
It was going to be the year that my brother graduated from High School and I graduated from College.
It was also going to be the year that I started law school and my brother started college.
Now, it is only three of those four things, but that’s okay. Graduating college in 2012 is not such a bad thing 😉
But the best part of 2013, for me, is buying my own domain name! (prysmatique.com)
I finally paid to upgrade my website’s name from prysmatique.wordpress.com to simply prysmatique.com! This means I have my own email address (firstname.lastname@example.org? I think that’s what it will be…I still have to set that up) and my own domain name!!
You can still get to my blog via the old URL (WordPress.com is nice like that), but you should click on the snazzy new link, prysmatique.com, instead ❤
Fandango + TrialPay’s two free movie tickets offer tipped the scales in their favor.
THE DEAL WAS – Fandango.com offers 2 free movie tickets (Up to $12 each) if you complete an offer. This has been around for a while but I think they rotate the offers available. I’m not sure how long GoDaddy has been an option, but when I was buying tickets for a movie this weekend, the offer showed up and I’ve been WANTING my own domain name for a while.
So I used TrialPay and spent the requisite $10 minimum on GoDaddy (It cost me $10.17 to buy prysmatique.com for one year) and got my two free tickets!! In theory, this is a good savings, right? Spend $10, get 2 movie tickets AND a domain name! TOO BAD, it’s not quite that cheap either sillies.
You can’t just buy a domain name and have it magically work with an existing blog! It is still a good deal, and with some hosting options as cheap as a couple bucks a month, it’s not too bad. (ie. If you buy HostGator’s cheapest option when it’s on sale you can even pay as little as $5/month, but it adds up so the 2 “free” tickets get you to spend $70 to actually get them. They’re sneaky that way)
Instead of paying for my own hosting, I went the cheaper route. I next paid WordPress.com’s $13 mapping fee (Can be bought here – it took me WAY to long to find out where to actually pay the mapping fee. Ridiculous, really. Don’t they want my money?) to reroute my blog to the new domain name but keep it hosted by them, since I don’t want to buy a monthly hosting plan for this year. If I keep the domain next year though, instead of renewing the mapping, I’ll shell out for monthly hosting and power my blog with WordPress but have all the additional freedoms that come with having your own hosting. That’s in the future…we’ll see what 2014 holds.
Mapping the domain was easy – if you decide you want two free movie tickets and complete the GoDaddy offer + mapping route that I took, here is the tutorial I used yesterday, January 3, 2012, to set everything up. Less than 24 hours later, everything was mapped and prysmatique.com was live! COMPLETE ALL THREE STEPS IN THE TUTORIAL HERE!
I paid $10.17 to buy my domain name for one year, and I paid $13.00 for WordPress mapping so that the domain name can be transferred onto my existing blog, still hosted by WP.
I spent $23.17 in total and received two free tickets, redeemable through fandango.com. The 2 tickets are valued at $24.00 (if you spend more, you pay the difference).
So basically, in the amount it would have taken me to purchase two tickets online, I got two tickets PLUS a custom domain name and hosting for one year.
Now I get to have my own domain name for a year AND treat a friend of my choice to a movie. That’s a pretty sweet deal to me (: