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Is WordPress.org the right choice for me? (16 posts)

  1. Studiocolumbo
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hi,
    I have a blog on wordpress.com and now want to start another one on .org. This because I really like wordpress and the possibilities, but want to make a more professional blog. But just to be safe, I want to check if, and how, I can do the following with wordpress.org.

    -run banners/ads from paying clients on various spots on the blog.
    -Not have ads shown that WordPress choooses, but rather only ads I sell myself
    -add a simple webshop with affiliate links (resell by linking through to other sites when people purchase through my site)
    -choose own url, so not show nameofsite.wordpress.org but rather nameofsite.com

    I basically want to create a blog about home deco, living, architecture, design etc. and intergrate this with my work as a PR consultant for home deco and living brands. I will write paid content, but also content about what I like, see, and find. Everynow and then I'll run banner ads or other ads from brands.

    I hope you guys can give me advice on wether or not wordpress.org is the tool for me.

    Thanks!

  2. Viktor Nagornyy
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Yes to all your questions. You can literally do whatever you want with a self-hosted WordPress. It does require additional babysitting that WordPress.com team takes care of on their end.

    See this guide to get a better idea of the difference between the two:
    http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/wordpress-org-vs-wordpress-com/

  3. TrishaM
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    @Studiocolumbo

    Yes, as Viktor says you have total control over sites you host yourself…..I am just piping up to clarify that "wordpress.org" is simply the repository for the WordPress software that you *download and install on your own hosting account* with a hosting company, versus the site you now have hosted with wordpress.com.

    WordPress.org is also a great resource for Themes, Plugins, and documentation to help you.

    ALSO, if you feel your question has been adequately answered, be sure to mark your Topic as Resolved so that others who try to help in the forum will know your question has been answered - this helps all forum members. Thanks!

  4. annettedrake
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Don't do it! It's the worst mistake I ever made. I switched from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and I've had nothing BUT problems. So many problems. Maybe find a different provider, but do NOT switch to wordpress.org. Problem after problem.

  5. catacaustic
    very awesome
    Posted 9 months ago #

    @annettedrake if you have any problems please post your questions in the forums here, and people will be able to offer you osme help. As this is a community of volunteers we can't help you out unless you ask us something. :)

  6. annettedrake
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Hello catacaustic.

    Gosh. Where to begin?

    I was happy with wordpress.com. But I wanted more ecommerce tools because I want to sell my books directly to readers, thus making more off each book and being able to autograph them. So, I switched to wordpress.org.

    I chose Laughing Squid as my host. I cannot afford the $129 fee, so I initially tried to move all of my content myself and could not. One of the Laughing Squid reps moved it for me.

    A couple of things happened:
    1) My business email, Write2me@AnnetteDrake.com, wouldn't allow any emails through. They were all returned. I contacted Hover, and they said it was because of the move. So, I contacted Laughing Squid and they were able to fix this. But, meanwhile, I missed several days of important emails.

    2) Now important pages don't show up. For example, one of my novels, Bone Girl, says the page cannot be found. The content is still there. It's just not linked somehow. The same is true of my past blog posts. The content is there, but not linked. I have no idea how to correct this.

    3) When my website was with wordpress.com, I checked the stats for pages/posts. Now, I have no stats.

    4) I spend a few minutes each day deleting spam. I've tried to sign up with askimet, but have not yet figured out how to do it.

    5) I have a bookstore now, but have not yet been able to set up ecwid so that people can buy my books directly from me. Frustrating! This is why I switched in the first place.

    I don't think I would do it again. So many lost hours when I could have been writing. Instead, I spent it with wordpress.org.

    Hope this information helps you understand my advice to not switch.

    Best wishes,
    Annette Drake

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  7. catacaustic
    very awesome
    Posted 9 months ago #

    It seems like all of your issues are from either the hosting (email), which they've helped to fix up, or from an outside commercial entity (ecwid). Those are issues that realyl do rest with those parties, and don't have anything to do with the WordPress sorfware. With ecwid especially, you've paid them for their system an dsupport, so they are the ones that you need to turn too for that.

    The stats are a bit of a disapointment to some people because you don't get the same stats on your own .org site as you do on .com but that's where systems like Google Analytics come in. You'll find they give a lot more info anyway, so will give you more then you were getting before.

    Akismet should be easy to sign up for. Again, even though they are sort of related to WordPress they are an externl company, so you should ask them for support. They are very good, and they'll help you out.

    The only thing that seems like it's a big issue is the pages not being found. I believe that's due to the menus not being set up correctly. When I look at the link in the menu for 'Bone Girl' it's got a page ID of 1022, but when I do a search for it, I get a page returned that's got an ID of 1324. That's why there's issues there. It's worth going through the menu, seeing if there's any other issues like that and re-adding those items back to your menu so that they'll point ot the right pages.

  8. annettedrake
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hello, catacaustic.

    I think the wonderfulness (if that is a word) of wordpress.org is something you and I will need to disagree on. For example, this morning, I cannot log onto my wordpress site. I've tried my password several times and finally, entered the password I was sent by wordpress.org support. Now, my browser won't even go to the wordpress.org/wp-admin site. It keeps sending me here. Well, that's great but not where I want to be.

    At this point, I'm thinking about leaving wordpress completely and switching to GoDaddy or some other host. It's just way more hassle than it is worth.

    I like your response in that nearly every single one of my problems with wordpress.org had nothing to do with wordpress. You do understand that I didn't have any of these problems until I switched to wordpress.org, right? I hope I communicated that.

    Okay. Love to write more, but I still have to figure out how to get into my wordpress.org site. UGH!!!

    Thank you,
    Annette

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Unless you provide a link to a page demonstrating the problem, no one will be able to offer much in the way of assistance.

  10. annettedrake
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I cannot even log in now. I type "wordpress.org/wp-admin" and it instantly jumps to wordpress.org/support. So frustrating! And these forums are great, but where is the real support? With WordPress.com, I could send an email and I would receive an answer, usually within 24 hours. Does wordpress.org offer that level of service?

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    WordPress is free software and this free, volunteer-staffed forum is the only support resource available via wordpress.org. If that is not suitable for your needs, you may want to consider hiring someone.

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I type "wordpress.org/wp-admin"

    Why? Your site is not hosted here. No external sites are hosted here.

  13. annettedrake
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Hi, Esmi.
    I simply want to try to log into my website. I type in wordpress.org/wp-admin to bring up the log in. But now, it only sends me to this support page.

  14. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 8 months ago #

    I type in wordpress.org/wp-admin to bring up the log in

    Why? Your site is not hosted here.

  15. lc235
    Member
    Posted 8 months ago #

    You should be typing in 'yourwebaddress.whatever/wp-login.php' to log in to your site.

    wordpress.org/wp-admin would never have logged you into your site so I'm not sure why you are saying you are only unable to login now (2 hours ago), whereas 6 days ago you were able to login...

  16. catacaustic
    very awesome
    Posted 8 months ago #

    Annette, you login is at http://www.annettedrake.com/wp-admin and you had that before, so why did you try to log in at a differnt URL now?

    WordPress.ORG does not host any sites. That's what you're paying your hosting company for.

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