The new offsite redirect upgrade allows you to easily redirect your blogname.wordpress.com blog and all of its permalinks to your new domain.
The previous redirection method was a five-step process that had a tendency to cause some confusion during implementation. Now, all you need to do is export your blog, purchase the offsite redirect upgrade for $12/year (the same price as the previous redirection method), and enter your new domain name.
Matt Mullenweg, Automattic’s one and only Chief BBQ Taste Tester, highlighted the importance of the new offsite redirection upgrade, stating “the easier you make it for people to go, the more likely they are to stay.” The psychology certainly makes sense to me. I’d be less tempted to make a panic-influenced exit if I knew it was easy to leave at any time.
Are you more comfortable staying with WordPress.com now that it’s even easier to leave?