The WordPress that I am referring to here is the WordPress-hosted version (WordPress.com) and not the self-hosted version of WordPress (WordPress.org).
If you are one of the people who are dissatisfied with the way things are on WordPress, you might have contemplated going elsewhere to blog.
And, if you are quite okay with the way in which things are, you will most likely stick with WordPress.
It should not come as much of a surprise that bloggers have mixed feelings about WordPress; some people love it, while there are those who hate it with a heated passion.
Yet, WordPress tends to thrive regardless of what people think of it.
Some People Are Constantly Plagued By Technical Issues
Unfortunately, several bloggers who have reported technical issues to the Happiness Engineers have not had their problems rectified.
By the way, those technical issues range from:
- Being unable to leave comments in the comments section of fellow bloggers.
- Being unable to press the Like button on blog posts of fellow bloggers.
- Blog posts not showing up on the WordPress Reader.
- Issues with formatting blog posts.
- Themes going wonky.
Technical issues send bloggers crazy (Especially when they remain unresolved).
I understand quite well that man-made things can be problematic at times. However, I (as well as many other people) expect technical issues to be rectified in a timely manner.
Therefore, no blogger on WordPress should have the cause to be experiencing a technical issue for weeks or months.
People who are faced with technical issues for an extremely long period are known to take a hiatus or abandon their WordPress blog.
Thankfully, I have not experienced any technical issues with WordPress lately.
The New Themes On WordPress Are Atrocious
Yes, my friend, all the new themes on WordPress (both free and paid) are horrible-looking.
Come on WordPress, judging from the looks of those new themes of yours, you are not even making an effort to provide users with something that is clean, has nice fonts and is professional-looking (Hmm. I really cannot blame people for going over to WordPress.org because they can upload any theme that they desire and customize their blog to their liking).
One of the main things that I dislike with the new themes provided by WordPress.com, is that the photos appear oversized and I have no way to make them appear their true size (Apparently, that option would only be available to me if I upgrade my plan).
Now, do you see the reason why a lot of WordPress bloggers have stuck with the older themes?
Also, what do you think about the new themes that are currently available on WordPress.com?
A Lot Of People Believe That WordPress No Longer Care About Personal Bloggers
Judging from the prices of the WordPress plans, it surely looks as though WordPress.com is focusing on professional bloggers (Those people who blog for a living).
Most professional bloggers have no intention of touching WordPress.com with a ten-foot pole; they would rather get their money’s worth by utilizing WordPress.org with a hosting provider of their choice (And, in all honesty, it is more economical for them to do so).
Personal bloggers (hobbyist bloggers) are no longer feeling the love from Automattic (WordPress’s parent company).
Because WordPress.com is charging them more and giving them less; a perfect example of this is the WordPress Starter plan ― the one that costs $5.00 US dollars a month or can be paid annually and:
- Does not include WordPress plugins of any kind.
- Does not provide premium support from WordPress.
- Does not provide access to premium themes.
- Does not allow users to earn money from advertisements on their blogs.
- Does not stop those advertisements from appearing on the blogs of WordPress users.
Before the implementation of the new WordPress plans, advertisements were automatically blocked if you had a domain.
Hey, I could clearly understand that WordPress needs to show advertisements on the blogs of those who are on the Free Plan in order to make money.
Paying for a domain and having advertisements displayed by WordPress is unacceptable (It is as though WordPress.com has grown into a greedy and uncaring blogging platform).
On a positive note, those of us who are on the so-called legacy plans (which are those free and paid WordPress plans that were created before Friday, the 1st of April, 2022) are not affected by the new changes; we can still operate our blogs in relation to when we started them (I am a bit worried that WordPress might renege on their agreement).
WordPress.com has gone from bad to worse (And, it does not look as though things are going to get any better).
The truth is that one of the main reasons why people are hesitant to leave WordPress.com is because of its amazing community; it is made up of countless bloggers who enjoy interacting with each other.
Also, Automattic is fully aware of the fact that WordPress.com is not going to experience any financial backlash if personal bloggers migrate to other blogging platforms.
Because as soon one personal blogger leaves, another personal blogger will set up a personal blog of their own on WordPress.com.
It is as though they are saying, “Let the complainers go elsewhere. New people will always sign up for our service.”
Automattic certainly has its eyes on the dollar sign; which is why they are heavily focused on getting as many professional bloggers as they can on WordPress.com.