I spent the better part of yesterday and much of early Tuesday morning trying to have my self-hosted WordPress.org blog look like the blog you are accustomed to from WordPress.com. I like this theme, “Vigilance”; however, there are difference [that I did not expect] between the WordPress hosted theme and the self-hosted theme. For example, the user has less ability to control the header appearance in the version for WordPress.org than WordPress.com. Widgets are different between the two. Going to WordPress.org, I loose the statistics we have amassed over the last 3.5 months. I do not want to do that, but was willing to do so to have greater control over the blog’s appearance.
Themes for WordPress.org give the flexibility of plug-ins, advertising, etc. There are definite benefits to those features. I can have more pictures and associate them with various blog “events.” I can have animation. Both are great. I’d use Google Analytics for stats, feedburner for RSS monitoring, and more. At the end of the day, for all that I have tried, and for what I want to do with this blog, I’ve decided to stay with WordPress.com. Again, I like the Vigilance theme; but, the differences between the two say wait for enhancements here.
BTW, my host server, Bluehost.com , is GREAT! I made 2 support calls. There were immediate answers, both of the telephone calls and to my request for assistance. I needed help getting my WordPress.com file imported into WordPress.org because of a 2MB import limit. That was resolved my creating and editing a php.ini file. Ultimately, it had to be placed in the WordPress folder to work. Thanks to the technical staff for their help.
I’m a bit of a programmer, having completed over half of my graduate studies programming in various languages. some aspects of the theme and one plug-in in particular just did not work well for me. I do not see that for the time expended and features I would loose, as well as the renaming of the domain & search engine knowledge of current content, that going from WordPress.com to WordPress.org is not the best change for me at this time. I will likely look at the WordPress.com’s CSS upgrade.
So, this is what I have been doing for the better part of the last 18 hours, now back to my normal routine.