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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.

    1. I so understand you Rebekah. I don’t mess with the CSS nearly as much as I used to last year, only make small adjustments. Something, whatever it is, keeps me from jumping ship to self hosting again. Self hosting did leave a sour taste in my blogging mouth…

    1. I see. I don’t like the Reblog thing at all but what’s to stop Print Screen right! I haven’t seen the Dot Org Admin panel in a long time now. Wonder if it’s half blue, half gray like the other side? It’s so stupid.

        1. I don’t like change either! And WP.com has the original darker colors and the light blue I think it is as well. Gladly I can switch between the two and remain with the older colors and design. So much better. It’s ridiculous to me that what I see as the best blogging/business platform on the web can’t make a decision like this.

  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!

    1. I can turn off Reblogs, which is always off. I assume you can too, your Admin panel is much more advanced than the Dot Com side as you know.

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