WordPress.com or WordPress.org – which do you prefer?
Wait. You thought the post title was about something entirely different from a blogging platform? Many apologies.
Back on point, which do you really prefer – the self-hosted orgy version or the WordPress-hosted commie version?
Where the Magic Happens – courtesy of Death to the Stock
Ever since I fired up my first WordPress blog, I’ve been running self-hosted – in fact, I think when I started blogging way back it was really the only choice. It also made so much sense back then as the blogs I admired were self-hosted WordPress sites and Blogger
just didn’t appeal to me. But since my venture into the Zero to Hero challenge, it got me thinking that I might be better off giving the commie version a try.
Sure I have a significant amount of freedom with the self-hosted version, but what do I really use that I couldn’t do on WordPress.com? Monetization? Meh… no one clicks those links (go spite me and click them!). How about customization? As I’m still scared of breaking things, I very rarely fiddle with any of the code so that’s out of the question. In fact, I could probably save money by spending a few bucks on having a custom domain there instead of here. Then you add in the additional traffic that WordPress.com users seemingly get and the narcissist in me gets all excited.
In fact, if I wasn’t so hesitant to make the switch today, I’d probably be doing so minutes after posting this.
So what are your thoughts? Have you ever considered this conundrum? What made you choose WordPress.com over WordPress.org and vice versa? Inquiring minds want to know!