WordPress.Com & WordPress.Org

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.



Author: jalexartis

Avid cyclist, who loves photography, technology, blogging & cooking...

3 thoughts on “WordPress.Com & WordPress.Org”

  1. Bluehost.com is first-class. I was able to cancel with no hassle. I was asked why–to which I attributed disappointment with theme differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org. I’ve already received an e-mail informing me of the credit being applied to my account. If ever I need a server host. I must return to Bluehost.com. –jim


  2. WordPress.com has far more googlejuice than independently-hosted blogs, for various technical reasons primarily to do with the global tag and category pages. I’ve seen blogs hit #1 on Google within four hours of being created, but only WP.com blogs. You might want to think about using more tags or categories, like WordPress.com and WordPress.org on this post, for instance. Appropriately-used categories and tags are a huge benefit to a blog.


    1. Hello Raincoaster,

      Thanks for the visit. I’ve been reading your many comments on the WordPress Forum. Thanks for the idea. I’ll add the WP.com tag and see what happens. I had not thought of doing so. I appreciate your suggestion. –jim

      Following your suggestion, I’ve tagged 13 pages of post since 11/30/08 the date I moved to WordPress.com from Blogger.com. Now, I wonder what difference I’ll see?


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