As per my previous post, I have moved from wordpress.com to a hosted provider – and the experience has actually been quite good.
I used Nadolu Co Media to help me transfer the site, come up with a new theme and work out a few kinks. Initially, we did some other business related work, but it turned out so well that I decided to get him to move the blog over as well. He’s a good bloke, a good communicator and does good work, so I would recommend checking his company out if you want web design type work complete.
For hosting, I went with SiteGround based on a few reviews I have seen around the web.
The control panel interface is quite good, but their support has been awesome – always quick to respond and their answers have (so far at least) always been actual answers.