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A productive day has been underway today having been grocery shopping and had the car washed up for me. And it’s not 9:30 AM yet!! So, sitting on the couch watching Hoarders and surfing blogs, I again had the thought about moving my site to a self hosting platform on WordPress.org, leaving the WordPress.com platform.

Honestly, I’ve had two self hosted websites a few years ago and am aware of the upkeep one becomes responsible for when leaving the safety of WordPress.com where all of the behind the scenes work is done automatically for you. So what is to be gained in switching? The ability to have complete control of all aspects of your domain.

If you want to run Java Script, nobody stands in your way. You have access to an unlimited number of themes both free and paid. You’ll have to monitor and protect your site against the onslaught of the spam community by using the best spam protection plugins available. And other responsibilities as well. So then, why go this route?

I suppose that to some degree it may depend on the content you are going to put on the domain. Obviously, my content is very tame! But I do miss the having complete control over my site at times. Recently I considered installing a particular item in the sidebar but oops, that’s right. Java Script not allowed!

So what’s your position on moving from the ‘safety’ of the Dot Com side to WP’s Dot Org side?

About John

John is a native of Michigan, the Great Lakes State, he is 56 years young and retired. I've been using WordPress since 2000 with various websites both self-hosted and the WP.com side. Thanks for visiting my website!

10 Responses

  1. As you know, I too have been going back and forth on this. Right now I’m OFF self-hosted. My content is tamer than yours. I have no reason to have it self hosted, and also … it’s a matter of how much interest and energy you’re willing to put into it. For a while I was all about editing CSS, but I’ve lost it. Now I just want things to work, as smooth as possible, without me worrying about it.

    I actually HAD the other [fountain pen blog] self hosted, and moved it to WordPress dot com. You’re totally outside of the community with the global tagging system and all that. So … for now, I feel good in the safe harbour of WordPress dot com 🙂 It seems I just don’t have the energy or motivation to deal with it anymore.

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  2. I’m glad I made the move – it was the right choice for me… the only downside is that there doesn’t seem to be a reblog widget (although I might be wrong there!) Other than that, it’s been a good move!

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