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Pros/Cons of WordPress.com vs. Decentralized hosting (6 posts)

  1. jmnielsen7
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Hello all,

    I have a few questions about the Pros and Cons of whether it is better to allow WordPress to host your site or whether you should download and manage your own "decentralized" WordPress instance and what impact that has on traffic, user comments, and participation. This really can be abstracted to any blog platform but I'm asking here since I'm wanting to stick with WordPress.

    There is no question that managing your own decentralized WordPress instance will give you superior flexibility and control over your blog, especially as it seems plugins are not available for WordPress hosted sites (I have noted the documentation here: http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/). However I have two chief concerns of "taking my blog and going home" that at first glance would seem inferior to the online WordPress blog hosting: visibility and user comments.

    I'll deal with visibility in a moment but comments are my primary concern. If I host my own WordPress instance does that not mean that I will have to maintain my own user login database or have to settle for (potentially) anonymous user comments or "typed in" names, versus the convenient unified userspace on wordpress.com that allows any registered wordpress.com user to use their profile to comment on a hosted WordPress blog? Or maybe even if that is the default are there plugins to allow authentication against wordpress.com to allow people to comment on my personal WordPress instance?

    Secondly, as concerns visibility, how do you "publicize" your blog if it is not hosted on a centralized (and recognized) blogging name space like wordpress.com or blogger.com? Sure Google will index your site but is it more likely that you will initially get less traffic to your individual WordPress instance than if you had from the start hosted it on wordpress.com.

    I posted a completely brand new blog just a few days ago on wordpress.com and within 4 hours I got 5 likes on the opening article. I can't imagine such visibility would be available from the start if I had hosted my own instance of WordPress.

    Can anyone with some experience address these concerns and perhaps offer any advice, corrrections, or clarifications?

    Thank you,
    Josh

  2. Hi Josh,

    With regards to comments -

    If I host my own WordPress instance does that not mean that I will have to maintain my own user login database or have to settle for (potentially) anonymous user comments or "typed in" names, versus the convenient unified userspace on wordpress.com that allows any registered wordpress.com user to use their profile to comment on a hosted WordPress blog?

    You don't need to set your site to have users logged in to comment and thus don't need to maintain a list of users. Anonymous commenting is also not required. You can set that up as you wish.

    With regards to visibility, yes having your site self hosted may not generate the best traffic, but I think that you would be more concerned about getting "quality traffic". I get some likes too on my wordpress.com site, but I never know where these people come from. It's actually really easy to just click a like button. I think that the fact that there are millions of self hosted WordPress blogs out there, should convince you that they get traffic.

    There are lots of articles about the pros and cons of .org vs .com. In my opinion, the main concern with with code and maintenance. If you don't want the headache, the .com is for you.

    Have a look at this article - http://wpmu.org/wordpress-org-vs-wordpress-com/
    they cover a lot of great info.

  3. jmnielsen7
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thank you for the response Christine.

    So are you saying that, since Logged in Users and Anonymous-only comments can be excluded/disabled, comments can still be made on articles but will require a "typed named" to post? Just to make sure I understood.

    I have a blog (WordPress) and also a personal website (Joomla) and I am wondering now what benefits if any it would give me to host my own private WordPress instance instead of just adding a comments module to my Joomla site (using the Jcomments module or something equivalent)? Just trying to make apples to apples comparisons in the brave new world of PHP powered CMSes.

    Thanks!
    Josh

  4. WPyogi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Josh - you might want to look at the JetPack plugin - it carries over some of the features of .COM sites to self-hosted sites, including a comment module - http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/jetpack/

    http://jetpack.me/support/comments/

  5. jmnielsen7
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Wow, that plugin looks awesome. Thanks WPyogi!

  6. webdesignerchristian
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    [Advertisement moderated] Yes, it is possible to disabled commenting, as well as setup a captha teqhnique to combat spam. Commentators have to answer a basic math question such as 2+x=3.

    I have completely disable any commenting from pages and only posts are commented upon. Additional to self hosted, you get email accounts, file manager, database manager, adsence and so on...

    Further, you can edit the core of wordpress itself as well as themes and the plugins. Not sure if that is possible with the .com .org wordpress.

    Finally, yes to reiderate it is not the quantity of visitors it is the quality. I dont want someone looking for a car to visit my blog site on boats...

    Again, Self hosted is the way to go... I was even able to generate an app on the droid market for my wordpress site

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