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What is Stopping You From Using WordPress.com?

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?

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  1. Hyder says: 4/15/2008

    Having my own domain name, and obviously the handicap of no advertisements.

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  2. David Peralty ) says: 4/15/2008

    Hyder – you can map your domain to your WordPress.com account… So then that only leaves advertisements like me. :)

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  3. desu says: 4/15/2008

    customization, plugins, and not being able to embed other that youtube stuff, ya i know they support dailymotion and some other crappy site, still lame.

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  4. Aleph Ozuas says: 4/15/2008

    I would say “obviously, my own domain”, but, after reading your response to Hyder, I ask myself how I didn’t know that about map my domain.
    Is it a simple operation? Can I map sub domains, like my own http://www.11pixels.ciberarte.com.br?

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  5. Todd ) says: 4/15/2008

    I heart control. And it’s actually cheaper for me in the long run to own my own domain and hosting services than it would be to use WordPress.com with comparable features.

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  6. Stijn says: 4/15/2008

    The complete freedom to do whatever I want, whenever I want. When I feel like experimenting, I want to be able to do that instantly.

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  7. Jeffro2pt0 says: 4/15/2008

    I have a WordPress.com account but I don’t use it. Even though WordPress.com has all these cool features and what have you, I can’t help but feel like I’m in a gated community if I were to use WordPress.com as my sole publishing platform. Having a self hosted blog using WordPress means I am free to do whatever I want. Freedom is invaluable.

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  8. Wess Stewart says: 4/15/2008

    I’ve never been able to successfully map a domain name to my wordpress.com account. To use their nameservers, they charge like $300 bucks (I think…).

    I also like making money. It’s against the rules to use ads or paid posts (although you can sneak affiliate links in there sometimes, and paid posts – if you are careful…).

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  9. Copes Flavio says: 4/16/2008

    WordPress.com is perfect if you’re just starting out and not knowing hot to upgrade, what you need, upgrading, etc. It’s out of the box.

    But as you know more and more about blogging and WordPress, you’ll surely want a WordPress custom install on another hosting.

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  10. Andrea says: 4/16/2008

    Because I’m a control freak!

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  11. redwall_hp ) says: 4/16/2008

    Ever heard of plugins? How about the ability to build your own design, instead of either using a prefab one, or paying to edit the CSS on a prefab design. No thanks.

    And I wish they would pick a better name than wordpress.com. The whole .com/.org thing confuses people, and I would rarely recommend that someone use a blog service like WP.com/Blogger. Get a domain, a cheap shared hosting account, a good design, and install WP yourself. Use Fantastico if you must.

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  12. Paul OFlaherty says: 4/19/2008

    Freedom and control. Two things you have to pay through the nose for if you want them on WordPress.com. Overall it’s cheaper to be self hosted with my own domain that to pay WordPress.com for comparable features.

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  13. evden eve says: 5/1/2008

    Lack of customization is the main one for me.. thanks

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  14. Rheva says: 6/1/2008

    Why use WordPress if there is Blogger? Blogger more easy to customize. No need any web hosting to install it. Just drag and drop to modify layout. Much template on the web. If you want a custom domain, just register on co.cc or buy a .com domain. *just my opinion

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  15. Shuze says: 6/27/2008

    So as people make these comments about “The ability to customize,” I’m not sure I’m hearing enough specifics about what types of customizations people want. I’m thinking about this decision now, and I’d love to hear examples of the customizations people want to do they can’t do on wp.com.

    Thanks

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  16. alamin ) says: 7/31/2010

    Where did you got this much info on your blog from?? Also can i take the initiave to take the feeds from your blog for my yoga website?? But can’t find the RSS feeds link here!!

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    • Franky Branckaute ) says: 8/1/2010

      Alamin, content aggregation of our feed is not allowed and usually results in Splashpress Media submitting a DMCA request.

      RegArds,

      Franky Branckaute
      Splashpress Media CEO

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