Approximately thirty-five percent of the websites on the internet are powered by WordPress (I am not all surprised by that figure because WordPress has a reputation for being a reliable content management system).
Also, WordPress has lots of fans as well as haters.
WordPress’s fans will:
- Speak highly of the blogging platform that they are a part of.
- Encourage others to run a blog of their own on WordPress.
- Remain loyal to WordPress.
WordPress’s haters will:
- Speak negatively about WordPress.
- Discourage others from ever having a blog on WordPress.
- Compromise WordPress websites and blogs by infecting them with malware.
In spite of the way that people feel about WordPress, it continues to remain popular.
Most Blogging Experts And Gurus Recommend The Self-Hosted Version Of WordPress
The self-hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.org) is the number one choice for blogging experts and gurus because:
- It allows users (the people that blog on WordPress.org) to own and be fully in control of their content.
- People can use any free or premium theme that they desire.
- It has a large number of plugins and widgets that they can choose from.
Self-hosted blogs have their perks (And, that is what makes it a highly attractive option).
The WordPress-Hosted Version (WordPress.com) Is A Fine Choice For Most Personal Bloggers
If you are merely someone who wants to blog for the fun of it, the WordPress-hosted version will meet your needs.
The WordPress-hosted version is somewhat limited; bloggers are not granted the type of freedom that the blogger on the self-hosted version of WordPress has with their blog.
The people that utilize the WordPress-hosted version are:
- Limited to the number of themes that they can use (Unless they upgrade their plan).
- Subjected to having advertisements shown on their blog (They have to upgrade their plan to rid themselves of the advertisements that Automattic displays on their blog on a regular basis).
- Going to have their blog suspended temporarily or permanently shut down if they violate WordPress.com’s Terms of Service.
- Only able to utilize Google Analytics and other plugins if they pay WordPress.com to have their blog upgraded.
What is the sense of having a blog if you cannot access Google Analytics?
Thankfully, those bloggers over on Blogger (which is owned and run by Google) have access to Google Analytics.
The WordPress-hosted version is filled to the brim with limitations (And, one can only relieve themselves of those limitations by paying to upgrade their blog).
Both Versions Of WordPress Are Not Free Of Flaws
Bloggers on the self-hosted version need to make sure that their plugins and their widgets are up-to-date (If they ignore this important step, they run the risk of introducing malware to their site or having problems with their site loading properly).
Thankfully, those people that chose to venture in the direction of the self-hosted version of WordPress are tech-savvy (It requires a more hands-on approach on WordPress.org).
Whereas, those people that blog on the WordPress-hosted version (WordPress.com) do not have technologically-related issues to worry about because the Happiness Engineers work on those sorts of things (It is done quietly behind the scenes).
In this case, WordPress.com is ideal for those who lack the talent for handling technologically-related things.
So, to be fair, I have to say, “Both versions of WordPress are not immune to technologically-related issues.”
WordPress Is Not The Only Blogging Platform Around
Currently, a lot of my fellow WordPress bloggers are disgruntled?
Why are they disgruntled?
They are disgruntled because WordPress chose to replace the Classic Editor with the Block Editor (My blog post, The Block Editor Is Getting Lots Of Hate, highlighted the way that people truly felt about having to use the Block Editor).
The funny thing is that the Block Editor has been rolled out on both versions of WordPress.
Those people who blog on WordPress.org can utilize the Classic Editor plugin if they believe that the Block Editor is not right for them.
Bloggers on WordPress.com will have to upgrade to the Business plan in order to use the Classic Editor plugin.
The blogosphere is filled with many blogging platforms and the bloggers that are unhappy with WordPress.com can migrate to:
I would like to take this moment to mention to you, that a lot of people have found themselves in a much worse position when they went over to another blogging platform.
A woman who complained about people not interacting with her on WordPress abandoned her blog to go over on Blogger; she found out the hard way, that blogging on Blogger actually requires way more work than blogging on WordPress.
Dear friend, the wise thing to do is to do lots of research on the blogging platform that you would love to blog on before actually joining it. Do not go in blindly because you will regret your decision.
No Blogging Platform Is Perfect
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that no blogging platform is perfect.
As a matter of fact, mankind is not perfect (And, they are the ones who created those blogging platforms on the world wide web).
WordPress has its occasional bugs (It is something that I have learned to tolerate because technologically-related issues do not last forever).
The People On WordPress.org And WordPress.com Are Akin To Siblings
You and I both know the way in which siblings treat each other. Siblings are known to:
- Fight among themselves.
- Think that they are way better than their brother or sister.
- Believe that they are part of an elite bunch of people.
Does any of this sound familiar to you?
If you an honest person, you would say, “Yes!”
There is one set of people on WordPress.org that insults the hell out of those people that blog on WordPress.com by saying to them, “It is a huge mistake to blog on WordPress.com.”
The truth is that WordPress.org is not for everyone. I knew people who left WordPress.com for WordPress.org, hated the experience and made their way back to WordPress.com.
Also, there is the bunch of people that left WordPress.com for WordPress.org and are very happy as a result of their decision.
One figurative cap does not fit all where blogging is concerned; which is why you must know which version of WordPress is right for you.
In all honesty, I do not think that WordPress is overrated (It is an impressive content management system).
WordPress is great for personal blogs and business-related blogs.
I think that Automattic ignores what most WordPress users want (And, that can cause people to think that Automattic’s only concerns are making technological advancements and making money).
It is no secret that if people are dissatisfied with WordPress, they will go elsewhere to blog.
The funny thing is that WordPress will not be severely affected by people’s departure.
Because as soon as one leaves WordPress, another person joins WordPress; thus replenishing the numbers of users on WordPress.
Also, no one really asked us to join WordPress (whether it was the self-hosted version of WordPress or the WordPress-hosted version); it was a decision that we made on our own.
Another thing for us to consider is that if WordPress failed to meet our expectations, most of us would not hesitate for one moment to think that WordPress is overrated.