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Who Else Wants To Switch From WordPress.com to WordPress.org?

by Jonas Huckestein on February 23rd, 2010

You might have noticed how I’ve changed the blog recently. This is because I made the switch from a free hosted blog at wordpress.com to a self-hosted (at bluehost.com) one. Here’s the story.

I was doomed from day one. I settled for the wordpress.com blog instead of a self-hosted wordpress installation because it seemed much easier and I was lazy. I took the blue pill (which is the one that doesn’t free you from the matrix, btw). Hit the jump for a quick rundown of what I did.

Reasons For Switching

Among others and in no particular order:

  • Crappy Social media integration. WordPress.com does not allow custom JavaScript anywhere on the site. Thus, adding social media buttons (other than the supported ones) only works with static anchor images which direct the users away from my site.
  • No feedburner integration
  • Hilarious pricing (if you want to host your blog on more than one domain, you pay 10$ per domain)
  • Insufficient analytics features. The wordpress.om analytics show nothing expect for the number of hits.
  • No custom plugins.
  • No custom theme modifications (except for css) and small selection of themes

How to Switch

I won’t go into detail on how to perform the switch since other bloggers have done so well and extensively. Check out these posts to get you started:

Things to Consider

  • Comments by wordpress.com users will no longer include their Avatar or link back to their blog.
  • You will probably waste hours of time configuring your new blog
  • Blog name/description/settings are all lost
  • All wordpress.com features that have you include a shortcode (such as [digg=someurl] or [tweetmeme] or

    [/sourcecode]) will initially not work.

  • Embedded youtube videos won’t work.

Things to Take Care Of

If you have any questions about any of the above steps, please let me know.

All of this being said, it’s been a rough day but I’m happy that I moved and I’m very content with the result. Now this page can grow :)

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3 Comments
  1. It’s great to have the flexibility and control that .org offers vs. using the .com version of wordpress.

  2. Really helpful. Can I ask how you got bullets to be boxes instead of Xs and what do you think of All In One SEO pack for this theme. Is it necessary or does theme have enough built in?

  3. Linda permalink

    Hi-
    Great article. Question: Do you know what to do with the old wordpress.com blog once you have migrated it over to WordPress.ORG? I am not sure if you need to delete the blog or just leave it.

    Thanks.

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