As WordPress.com continues to grab more attention and adds more features, I continually wonder why most bloggers would want to deal with installing their own version of WordPress?
The only thing that stops me from using WordPress.com is their policy on advertisements. I have, in person, begged Matt to add an advertising system. I even told him that he could keep a small cut of the proceeds, as offloading all the server issues, WordPress upgrades, security concerns and more would be a nice weight lifted from my shoulders, but they’d need to let me monetize my content.
I also think that an advertising system that was controlled by Automattic could be huge in that they could bargain with bigger companies based on the traffic of all participating blogs, rather than single blogs.
It started to make me wonder what is holding back other people. With WordPress.com you get plenty of space to upload videos, images and whatever else, and other than the costs to customize you theme, and get your domain mapped, the service is relatively cheap, especially if your intention is to create a blog with huge traffic levels. And really, isn’t that all of our intentions?
As for customization, as that’s almost always been the biggest response, with Sandbox, you can pretty much customize the theme as much as you want. And that doesn’t even include the myriad of themes installed by default on WordPress.com. The other argument I get is plugins, but that also seems to be an issue that WordPress.com is quickly rectifying as they add related posts and a better search to everything.
So, what is stopping you from using WordPress.com?