Why Are Bloggers Leaving WordPress.com To Publish Elsewhere?

Why Are Bloggers Leaving WordPress.com To Publish Elsewhere?

I have noticed an interesting trend; it has to do with WordPress bloggers going elsewhere to blog.

Is WordPress really that bad?

If you have been plagued by technical issues and have been given the runaround by the Happiness Engineers, you would say, “Yes, WordPress is bad. It has gone to the dogs.”

And, if things have been peachy for you on WordPress, you are more inclined to say, “WordPress is not bad at all. It is a wonderful blogging platform.”

So, it all depends on which WordPress blogger you ask.

If their experience of using WordPress has been a bad one, they will most likely have negative things to say about WordPress.

Whereas, if their experience of using WordPress was a wonderful one, they would have positive things to say about WordPress.

The biggest irony is that those two types of bloggers (the ones who had a negative experience with WordPress as well as the ones who had a positive experience with WordPress), switched to another publishing platform.

So, today, I am going to explore the reasons for their departure from WordPress.

Curiosity May Have A Part To Play

Some curious people might want to know what it is like to blog on another blogging platform.

If they set up a new blog on another blogging platform and they happen to like it more than they like WordPress, they will stay with that particular blogging platform and continue to blog there.

And, if they do not like the way things are with the new blogging platform, they will either:

  • Find another blogging platform to blog on.
  • Go back to using WordPress.
  • Give up on blogging entirely.

Sometimes, the results of blogging on another blogging platform can be a bit disappointing.

Not Having Their Technical Issues Resolved In A Timely Manner May Have A Part To Play

It should not come as a surprise to you, that WordPress.com can be glitchy at times.

As a result of those glitches, some people were:

  • Unable to do certain things that they once did with ease on the Block Editor.
  • Unable to leave comments in the comments section of the blogs of their fellow bloggers.
  • Unable to utilize the Like button.
  • Unable to get their blog posts to show up in the WordPress Reader, despite using the correct amount of tags and categories.

Glitches, on the whole, have the potential of making you lose your cool.

Also, if you have reported your particular technical issue to a Happiness Engineer and you notice that it has not been resolved in a week’s time, you will start thinking of other blogging platforms to blog on.

WordPress glitches are some of the worst kinds of glitches that you will ever experience on a blogging platform.

Some People Want A Blogging Platform That Is Easy To Use

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that WordPress is not for everyone (Especially for those people who adhere to the philosophy of doing things in a simple manner).

People who do not have the patience for using the Block Editor, or think to themselves that an editor should not be complicated, may find themselves switching to Blogger.

Blogger is simple and intuitive (As a matter of fact, it has not changed much over the years).

Some people merely want to get their blogging done as simply as possible.

Some People Did It For The Freedom

Some people left WordPress.com (the WordPress-hosted version of WordPress) to go to WordPress.org (the self-hosted version of WordPress) because:

  • They can monetize their WordPress blog from day one.
  • They are free to use any theme that they want.
  • They are free to use any plugin that they desire.
  • They have the freedom to use any widget that they like.

Bloggers can simply do more with WordPress.org.

By the way, if you are a bit confused as to the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org and wish to learn the advantages and the disadvantages of those two versions of WordPress, I recommend having a look at, WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org, by the folks over at WordPress.com Support.

Some People Did It For The Money

For the record, you can make money by upgrading your WordPress.com account to the Premium plan or the Business plan or the eCommerce plan.

However, a person can also make money by taking advantage of the financial opportunities on:

  • WordPress.org
  • Medium
  • Substack
  • Drupal
  • Shopify
  • Prestashop
  • Squarespace
  • Jimdo

In all honesty, you cannot blame someone for wanting to boost their finances (Especially if they are doing it honestly).

Final Thoughts

As you have learned, people left WordPress.com to publish elsewhere because:

  • Some of them were curious; they wanted to know what it is like to blog on another blogging platform.
  • Some of them were tired of the technical issues on WordPress.com, getting the runaround by the Happiness Engineers whenever they reported a technical issue to them and not having their technical issue resolved in a timely manner.
  • Some of them wanted a blogging platform that was easy for them to use.
  • Some of them did it for the freedom.
  • Some of them did it for the money.

Figuratively speaking, WordPress.com is not the only fish in the sea.

Also, some people will always explore their options when they are fully aware of the fact, that there are other alternatives to WordPress.com.

156 thoughts on “Why Are Bloggers Leaving WordPress.com To Publish Elsewhere?

            1. 🙂 Okay, I will. Since you are on WordPress.com, you will have to upgrade your plan in order for you to take full advantage of monetization (The plans are listed in the blog post).

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                1. 🙂 If you have upgraded on WordPress.com, you do not need a hosting service because you are already WordPress-hosted.

                  The self-hosted version of WordPress is having your blog hosted on Bluehost, SiteGround, etcetera.

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  1. I might be in a minority here, Renard, but I find the block editor has much more scope for creativity. It did take me time to get learn how to use it but now I prefer it to the old WordPress editor. I would be interested to find out what other people think?

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    1. 🙂 I myself have grown accustomed to using the Block Editor.

      Many of my readers (who are also fellow bloggers) have admitted to me, that they hate the Block Editor.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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    2. New to blogging in general, and I haven’t committed to any money to any specific platform,yet. Because I am still exploring options. So far, I can’t stand the Block Editor. And the mobile experience for WordPress.com is terrible for anything other than reading and commenting.

      In all honesty, I will likely switch to WordPress.org because of the immediate monetization, all plugins ( some of which will change the editor), and better pricing for hosting plans through the 3rd party options (like going with dream host, or hostinger).

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  2. Thanks Renard. I don’t move to another platform because I don’t have the time! I do everything in classic settings and have never understood the point of blocks. Maybe I am just old fashioned and struggle with change! Rod

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  3. I did find a solution to my not being able to use the Like button, not being able to leave comments on other blogs, and the constant need to log in to my own blog. I had a lengthy chat session with a Happiness Engineer yesterday. What a title, right? We determined that my Firefox browser changed a security setting when it auto-updated.

    All I need to do is click the little shield at the far left of the address window, see the popup and uncheck the Enhanced Tracking Protection. Bingo, all set! I can now blog as usual. I have no plans to leave WP because of the “family” I have here. I have been following these people literally for years, and they I. Another great post, Renard!

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  4. Yes all these issues figure in the switching decision by the bloggers. But to me, the technical glitches are more disturbing than anything else. User friendly dashboard definitely plays an important part in choosing one platform over the other. Bloggers are not supposed to be tech-experts. They need a site that frees them of the technical worries.

    But all the platforms have their merits and demerits; so one has to be a little bit patient, if….other considerations don’t matter much.

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  5. After much complaining about the block editor, I finally embraced it and I’m very happy with it. My only complaint with WordPress now is that I still am having issues with the iOS app when it comes to liking and commenting on blogs that don’t have “.wordpress” in the URL. WordPress blames Apple. Apple blames WordPress. I’m stuck in the middle.

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    1. 🤔 Well, if that is the case, how are you able to leave me likes and comments?

      I highly doubt that the Apple engineers are incompetent.

      So, I will put the blame on WordPress.

      By the way, the WordPress Mobile App for Android does not suffer the same fate as the WordPress Mobile App for iOS.

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      1. I don’t use the app at all. I just use Google on my mobile, to login into my blog. I find that way I don’t have issues on my Android phone. I think to create a blogging app , which is effectively a cut down version of the Web version of WordPress is always going to be limited, so I never bother with the app. Also, I don’t want clog my phone with another app.

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  6. I’m one of those who thinks the simpler, the better. I’m still at a loss as to why a poem or song lyrics can look fine in the draft, but in the post the lines are indented randomly, producing a visual mess that is really distracting. 😖

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      1. I have asked a few times but haven’t resolved it. So I just tend to avoid quoting song lyrics, even though as a songwriter I”d like to. Sone Scriptures I’ve wanted to quote are written in verse, too, and I REALLY don’t want to make the Bible look dumb! 🤨

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        1. 🙂 On a serious note, a lot of WordPress bloggers are depending on you to enlighten them about all things blogging.

          The blogosphere would not be the same without you.

          You are an amazing blogger, Pooja G.

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  7. I love wordpress.com for the in built community. The block editor is good and can a bit. I also tried blogger in parallel to wp when I started blogging 6 years ago. I found blogger required me to be way too technical and I didn’t want to be.

    I think one thing some blogger may not release if your theme is no longer supported then it impacts your followers interactions with you and your blogging experience.

    I love WordPress.com because if you go self hosted a lot security up keep of your sites fall on you. And I just don’t want that headache.

    But I get both your points you presented in this post

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    1. 😮 Huh? Blogger required you to be way too technical?

      In my opinion, Blogger is one of the simplest blogging platforms to use (Anyway, we are all different. What is difficult for one is easy for another).

      You are right about the self-hosted version of WordPress; when it comes to security, you are the one who needs to make sure that your security is up-to-date.

      The self-hosted version of WordPress is for those bloggers who are a bit more tech-savvy than the average blogger.

      WordPress.com has us spoilt rotten. The Happiness Engineers are the ones who make sure that the security on WordPress.com is up-to-date.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  8. I stopped posting blogs for about a month, and when I started posting again, my stories would get NO VIEWS. Don’t know why, but it’s really discouraging if nobody is ready my blogs. Can you read my blog?

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    1. 🙂 The reason why no one is reading your blog is because it forwards readers to your old blog’s address; which has been deleted. The message states, “sullybullyblog.wordpress.com is no longer available. The authors have deleted this site.”

      You need to add the current URL to your WordPress account.

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      1. Woah I didn’t realize that! When you click on my blog post, you mean it redirects you to a broken link? I’m not that good with wordpress, can I send you an email?

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  9. I have been blogging for years on WordPress.org, and chose to try WordPress.com when I started my current blog. This was because I wanted a managed solution as far as the infrastructure backend was concerned. I find the cost of WordPress.com plans vs the functionality I can get with them a little restrictive. So I might, one day, switch back to WordPress.org!

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  10. I’m not entirely sure of the fuss but methinks it’s because I’m using my self hosted blog in a simple way. I pay for the hosting rather than free because I want to own my content. I also don’t want to see ads popping up! Personally I don’t mind the block editor. I’m getting used to it now but I can remember the early days of not liking it.

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  11. I don’t mind the block editor and find it has a lot of great features. I tried the self-hosted bit and I liked it but I had issues with Blue Host frequently having outages so I moved back to WordPress.com.

    Thanks to John’s comment about the shield in Firefox because I was having issues with signing in and
    leaving a ‘like’ and now it works fine. I only use Firefox and Google to see if my site looks okay in other browsers, otherwise, I use Vivaldi as my main go-to.

    I’ve always had excellent support from the Happiness Engineers and the folks at Blue Host. I love my family at WordPress and have no intention of leaving.

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  12. I did have thoughts about finding a new blogging platform to use, but it had to do with feeling like I wasn’t reaching enough people, that if I went somewhere else, I might have a bigger audience to share my blog posts with… but, in honesty, I think that those thoughts were mostly about me feeling impatient. I feel like my audience is growing at a steady pace now, I’m thankful for the comments and likes that I receive, and there is still a lot of things that I haven’t done yet to try and have my blog reach more people. Like, promote myself on Pinterest

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  13. Great post. I didn’t know some of these things, but it might explain why I don’t see some of the blogs/bloggers that I used to. For the record, I hate the block editor and always use the classic editor, even if it means manually making sure the headings in all my post have breaks before and after or else it runs all my paragraphs together 🤣.

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  14. I was checking out Medium the other day as I was thinking of creating a second blog on there, then I realized that writers can only write or edit on the website and the app is a read-only one. It was discouraging to me. Although I might still go for it, I enjoy using wordpress for now.

    Blogger was really simple to use but they didn’t have the feature to notify followers of new posts.

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  15. True, appreciate the .org info. I didn’t want to monetize, but I’m feeling the need to after so long. I just avoid social media now and WordPress let’s me blog to a non-social media bully/annoying crowd and for other creatives. Thanks!

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  16. Interesting! I’ve had both Blogspot and WordPress and while I initially preferred Blogspot due to the simplicity. I do really love the WordPress block editor. At first I found it a little annoying when I was just focusing on text. But now I love how easy it is to reorder stuff for better story flow, just click the arrow and boom moved.

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  17. I’ve been struggling with having to log in over and over to leave comments or like a post. Asking for help hasn’t resolved things. But I stay because of the community I’ve built that didn’t happen on other sites.

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      1. I’ve tried other browsers with no change. I’ve cleared my cache/history, checked for pop up acceptance, checked extensions, reinstalled and refreshed my new browser…..everything suggested.

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        1. 🙂 Well, you are going to face the same problem that you are experiencing on the WordPress Mobile App.

          The only difference is that the one that is designed for the computer has more features.

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      1. Only on my Chromebook and phone. Is it different? I am getting a PC this month. I can’t access my Office 365 on Chromebook. My phone doesn’t have the storage for all of Microsoft programs. Chromebook works with Google Docs. Google Docs have advantages, but certain features are better in Microsoft. In my opinion.

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  18. So I have bot com do I still need a hosting website. How do I get noticed.? How do I drive people to my site. How do I get an analytic site to evaluate my blog? I am confused, and I feel like I am falling deeper in the confusion pot.

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    1. 🙂 Ren’ee, just by your question alone, I can tell that you are on one of the paid plans on WordPress.com.

      Why?

      Because a person who is on the self-hosted version of WordPress will already know the answers to those questions that you asked.

      So, in spite of having a dot com, you are on the WordPress-hosted version.

      In order to utilize Google Analytics on WordPress.com, you will have to be on the Premium plan and upwards.

      The person who is on the self-hosted version of WordPress already has access to all of those things and more.

      There is a link in my article that already explains the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

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      1. Thank you. Did I do a bad thing? Should I have joined the other? Yeah , I am mad that I cant download plugins or SEO. I cant afford 300 dollars for the business version I don’t have. Man the struggle is real. I hope I didn’t throw money in the web for no reason. Boo and hoo.

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        1. 🙂 While self-hosting your WordPress blog has its advantages, it has its disadvantages too; for example, being responsible for your website’s security.

          If you are not tech-savvy, stay with WordPress.com.

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          1. Renard, I read your link. I sure am sticking to dot com. I just wish I had the business. If I get more visitors I may contemplate it. Thanks again and you deserve kudos, all those blogging years! I am a late blogger. Partially, to old to learn and there is a story someplace in there. Uh- guess I need security. Suggestions?

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  19. As always Renard you display a well written and executed blog. I love this topic and the fact that you notice what WordPress Bloggers do and why they leave this platform to publish their blogs elsewhere. In my own opinion , it has to do with curiosity, some want to use other softwares to write, edit and publish blogs that they enjoy. Great blog post once again brother👊

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  20. I just don’t have the time to put in on wordpress.org or believe me I would do it. Possibly, next year, once I get more familiar with blogging and construction of the site. Block editor makes it real easy. I would like to have Google Analytics for more in-depth stats.

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  21. Thank you so much for this blog. I’ve been writing blogs for the past 6-7 months and I really love this platform.This is the best decision I’ve taken so far. Yes, I need to explore more on this platform and improve.🤗

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  22. i do not understand why so many people hate the block editor. the alternative sites have nothing like this and i prefer the customization without coding. wordpress has come so far and there is so much to do here. i must admit curiosity gets me too because i love tech, software, and new features.

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    1. 🙂 Some people love simplicity.

      The previous WordPress editor was simple; if one was able to use Microsoft Word, they were able to use the previous WordPress editor.

      The Gutenberg Editor (also known as the Block Editor) does things differently; it required learning a new way of putting blog posts together.

      Truthfully, learning how to use the Block Editor is not that difficult.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. i don’t think people like change just as much which ties into this. learning how to navigate something new in a space they’ve always been in is frustrating.

        you’re welcome ☺️

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  23. Surely, I love blogging on WordPress since it is easy to have an audience but it is not advisable to upgrade a blog without huge number of audience and visitors.

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  24. Hi only blogging for jus over a year so have no experience of anything else but I find it really simple to use and I don’t pay anything I might consider upgrading at some date in the future but suits my needs for now 🙂

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  25. I am using a self hostd WordPress. Meaning I am on Wordpres dot org. I have more freedom there and I get to do alot more compared to a hosted wordpress. I took the time to learn how and now alot is ABC stuff for me.

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