By way of background, below entry was meant to be posted at my WordPress.com blogsite to conclude my seven weeks of blogging there. Instead, I decided to post it to this site. Hopefully, this will explain why most of my posts and articles in this site refer to WordPress.com.
I am using the same title I have at WordPress.com for this blog, Working and WordPress-ing. In my seven weeks of blogging at WordPress.com, I have posted more than 20 entries mainly dealing with “how-to’s” which I have since transported to this site.
On day 1 when I started this blog, I mentioned that I am here at WordPress.com to gain insight into how it is to blog at WordPress.com.
Now running into my seventh week into this WP blogging journey and after 24 posts, I think I can say that I have achieved my objective. I’ve learned a lot, and I thought I was able to return the favour by sharing with you what I learned plus my experience as a self-hosted blogger.
We have covered various topics by way of posts and comments including the following :
- A PollDaddy poll outside your WP blog
- A simple solution to tweet and retweet your WP posts
- How to embed a Vimeo video
- How to embed a video in your WordPress.com-hosted blog
- How to blog spam-free at WordPress.com
- The role of internet service providers in curbing spams
- Displaying photos in a gallery as an instructional aid
- If you want to customize your tweets from your WP posts, do not ignore the developer’s Support page
- Revisiting PicApp images and embed codes
- Experimenting with PollDaddy in my blog
- How to encourage audience response
- Experimenting with PicApp images in my blog
- How to customize your blog with widgets
- How to post by email (an experiment)
- How reliable is Alexa in measuring your site’s traffic rank?
- How to upgrade your WordPress theme
- How to start a blog at WordPress.com (A quick digression)
- How to XHTML validate a WordPress theme
- How to select a WordPress theme
- How to blog at WordPress.com
The above articles are available on this site as well as in my WordPress.com blog.
Now that we have covered most of the basics in WP blogging, it’s time to move on. ( Note: I exported my WP posts to this site today.)
I will still be writing articles on WordPress-related topics, but these will be posted in my self-hosted blog and if allowed, distributed here.
What makes a self-hosted WordPress blog attractive to me? Conversely, what makes a WordPress-hosted blog unattractive to me?
Here are four reasons:
Themes. I like to experiment with themes, their layout, their architecture, their CSS, etc. This, I can not do here at WordPress.com unless I upgrade my account. Currently, WordPress.com has 77 themes. They are good themes, I admit, but most of them do not meet my requirements. (Like this theme I am using right now is not among the 77 themes.)
Plugins. I am restricted from installing plugins or scripts. Which is understandable for security reasons to WordPress.com, the provider.
Inbound Traffic. Whilst a WP-hosted blog can leverage on the traffic coming from the traffic of other WP blogs flowing from “Possibly related-posts” linked at the bottom of every post, the traffic that I generate for my blog is “credited” to WordPress.com. Should I decide later to blog in a self-hosted blog (like this one), the traffic ranking I generated for my WP-hosted blog remain with WordPress.com. In other words, the traffic stats are not portable.
Revenue. On paper, there are restrictions from running third-party ads in a WP blog. This is covered by point #5 / Item 2 of WP’s Terms of Service (see part of the provision which I styled in bold, below):
the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing);
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