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WordPress = Blogspot?

Geez, seems like the more time that passes the more often WP.com is boogered up.  I came to expect daily crap at Blogspot, and I hope WP isn’t heading down that path.

Free hosting is wonderful, and I understand that there are going to be issues from time to time, but Holy Crap.  The free hosting and awesome software might lessen the blow of the arbitrary moderation/delisting/censorship policies, but if the blog frequently doesn’t operate the way it’s supposed to, that’s sort of antithetical to blogging in the first place, isn’t it?

I assume the images that I currently have on WP.com servers will re-appear at some point in the near future, so bear with me until then.  In the meantime, I’ve been considering finding my own hosting.

Just so y’know.

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15 Responses

  1. when i had a blog hosted here, i was always amazed by just how bad wp.com’s uptime is. blogspot’s uptime these days seems to be pretty good. i’d say the comparison is a bit more of a slam to blogspot.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    Heh, it’s funny you say that, Adam. I’d never even considered another host when we first started at Blogspot, and had no reason or intention of moving, but between the constant downtime and the coercion to move to Blogger Beta (which still sucked monkey nuts at the time), I felt I had to find something better.

    I explored WP, loved it, moved happily, and was tickled pink until I was surreptitiously and arbitrarily de-listed from the internal category pages.

    I still love the software generally, but the increasing downtime and weirdness, coupled with the de-listing are enough to cause me to consider moving my host, but keep the software.

    My only other real complaint/issue is that there are a few little doodads that I’d like to add to the template that involve Javascript, which of course is banned from WP.com blogs for apparently good security reasons. Not a major bitch, and certainly not a big enough deal to cause me to move, but added on to the other two things it becomes a bigger issue, if that makes any sense.

    Kisses

  3. WhoreChurch says:

    Blogspot never gave me the search presence on GOOGLE that WP does. Which is kinda interesting. Overall I’ve enjoyed WP more, and my headers did eventually come back.

  4. JanieBelle says:

    Ah, another good point, Kevin.

    On the other hand, if I wanted to put an image in a comment I could do that on Blogspot (although my commenters couldn’t).

    Back on the WP side, Akismet rocks.

  5. Martyne says:

    Recently Blogsot in my part of the world has been invaded by the Germans (or at least their language). I am starting to get an inkling about how Poland felt.

  6. just a recommendation: if you do move to your own host, it’s worth buying the domain upgrade on wordpress.com, so that you can (relatively painlessly) redirect people from wp.com to your new blog

  7. WhoreChurch says:

    SunnyCam,

    What’s the difference between uploading the software to a new hosting account or just using the domain option for .wordpress.com? I’m starting a new “pro” blog and I didn’t know the diff.

  8. wp.com = still covered by automattic’s ToS
    self-hosted = your own control (or at least your choice of hosts’ ToS)

    if you don’t know the diff, sorry, but i’d recommend you just stay here. the concept of being a “pro” at something you don’t understand makes shit sense to me.

  9. WhoreChurch says:

    I’ve run a number of professional websites, that wasn’t my point SBK, I understood I wouldn’t be covered by the ToS, I was asking a specific question since I had never used the domain option at WP.

    Geez, maybe you didn’t mean to sound so, but you seem more than a little sensitive.

  10. IAMB says:

    You know, I haven’t had any issues with Blogger in months, other than the time the expandable posts quit working… and that only took a short time to fix.

  11. damewiggy says:

    I’m entirely sucky — meaning that i write as i publish. WP rapes me regularly, no kissing, no touch me in the morning, like diana promised. Sheer rape. One day i’ll find the courage and support to leave them. (weeeeep) Fuckers. Where’s my .gifs?

    oops. sorry.

  12. @whorechurch –
    the ToS covers technical differences, which are massive, as well. on wp.com, you can only do what automattic lets you, vs. running any code your heart desires on your own.
    you cannot run ads on wp.com, domain or not. (how then, anyone who is not a VIP could be a “pro” blogger is beyond me).

    Your question implies that you don’t know what wordpress (self-hosted) is or does, and i don’t think i’m treating you with any less respect than i’ve been treated with on your blog.

  13. JanieBelle says:

    Kevin and Adam,

    Huh. I hadn’t looked into it (obviously it wouldn’t cure any of my current bitches to remain hosted on WP.com) but I for one would have thought the TOS would relax for a blog with its own domain, simply because “.wordpress.com” wouldn’t be in the address. I mean, what do they care if their name isn’t on it?

    In other words, I could see why they would still not allow Javascript, but not why they would care if it were a porn blog (fer instance).

    Perhaps they’re worried Jesus will inspect the hard drives? 🙂

    Seriously, were I to get my own domain, I’d move the blog off WP.com, so the TOS isn’t even a consideration.

    Martyne,

    Oddly enough, now that you mention blogs in languages other than English, Portuguese is the language I bump into most.

    Matt,

    Good to hear that Blogger isn’t nearly as skitzy as it used to be.

    DameWigglybutt,

    You and I need some help exiting our co-dependant relationships with WP.

    or we need alcohol, I’m not sure.

    Kisses to you all.

  14. they only “care” in the sense that you’d still be “de-listed”, your posts wouldn’t show up around wp.com. (uncensored blogs with domain mapping still show up in those lists (e.g. my posts, even though the actual posts aren’t even on wp.com anymore).

  15. JanieBelle says:

    Thanks for the clarification, Adam.

    The only advantage that I can see to remaining on WP.com with my own domain would be access to the WP community, which as you point out I’m denied anyway.

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