When I setup a new CMS, whether it’s WordPress, Joomla or Drupal, I’ve always installed it manually on a web host. This time, I decided to give wordpress.com a try.
After toiling with it for a several days, I finally gave up and moved the site over. Why?
- Ads. The free version of their service included ads, so I went ahead and signed up for the trial of the ‘Premium’ service.
- Little customization available. I’m used to being able to the make changes at the file level, but this isn’t available on their service. Instead, the most you can do add custom CSS, which isn’t nearly good enough for our purposes.
- Maintenance. When there are broken elements in a theme/widget (particularly ‘free’ ones), fixing them often requires access to the back-end, so unless the issue is CSS-related, you’re out of luck!
- Cost. The ‘Premium’ (read: ad-free) service is about $99/year, whereas I got a year’s worth of hosting plus a free domain for about $42 by moving over to GoDaddy.
So, now I’ll be going through the arduous task of customizing the theme to get it just the way I want it.