Love WordPress

When you have forgotten what it was you were going to write about, there’s always the blogging itself! Guess there will be quite a few of this type of posts amongst those remaining three hundred something blog posts. This guy had forgotten where he’d hidden the peanut … he was frantically digging in the snow, but I think somebody else took it.

I do have a few in my drafts folder still, but some mornings I feel that I just want to write freely. Those drafts will come in handy on days when my mind is completely blank. Some of them are made up from the suggested topics that WP provides us with, others are my own.

For those who didn’t know, there are two types of WordPress. There is WordPress.COM, that is a totally free-of-charge blogging platform. A very easy and straightforward sign-up procedure and away you go … blog your heart out! Then there’s WordPress.ORG. Β That’s free too … meaning the downloadable software is free, BUT you have to have a web host and a domain. That’s where the money comes in. I have Kattsby.com hosted on GoDaddy.com and it costs approximately $50 a year.

The other day I was pondering if it was worth it. There are features and functions in the free wordpress.com that you actually can’t get in the self-hosted one. For example, in the free one you can set it so that you can reply to your comments from your email … you don’t have to go to the actual blog site. Not many people have taken advantage of it, but it’s there and I loved that while I had it.

Of course, you can reply to comments from email here too, but then you have to have a third-party comment system like Disqus or IntenseDebate and I’m not too keen on that.

Another thing — but that’s just about this blogging challenge — when you have the free WP, and tag your posts with ‘postaday2011’, they get listed in a page they have, thanks to the global tagging system. That doesn’t work with the ones outside .COM, like mine.

However, the more I thought about it the less tempted I was to go back to the free WP. The freedom you have of changing the layout of the whole thing … all the plugins and so on. Almost anything you can think of is already thought out. The theme I have now [Suffusion] … and that’s a story of its own … is so unbelievably well thought-out so you can make it look just any way you want it, without knowing the slightest little bit of CSS or .php.

Here’s a really good page where they compare the pros and cons between WP.COM and WP.ORG: LINK.

So there … now you know my thoughts about WordPress and I’m sure this post will draw one helluva crowd LOL. Every day, I have to remind myself that this is not aΒ competition … I can write whatever I want. I feel the same way about the photography — it’s not a competition in any way and if I just want to shoot ducks, that’s okay too.

Do you ever feel like you want to write, without knowing really what to write about??

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23 thoughts on “Love WordPress”

  1. Look forward each morning to receiving your blog in my Inbox. Today's post was helpful because I was considering WordPress.org so now I can check the link and see if it is for me. Did not know how to Tag the Post a Day so had not been using this as a tag. Thanks for the info.

    1. Heart-warming words …

      Yes, there are many pros for the free version — that global tag system is brilliant. In my case though … I'm too much into changing colors, fonts and stuff like that … every now and then I just love to give it a make-over and I've decided that that means more to me.

    1. Hej Julie-Ann,
      That squirrel was really upset … he kept digging up that snow drift where he probably had hidden some nut.
      I started Kattsby in the free version but thought it would be so 'cool' to have it on its own domain name since it was available..

  2. I was advised not to use wordpress.com when I started my blog because I was told I wouldn't have the plug-ins necessary, it would never be my own blog because it had the wordpress name in it etc., so I have been considering wordpress.org for some time now, but still haven't made a final decision. So thanks for the link – I will check it out.

    1. Barb,
      Yes … there is the 'name thing' … I had had a self-hosted WP blog before, so I sort of knew what I was missing, but there's a LOT of pros and cons to weigh. Especially now with this Daily Post-challenge … it feels like you're not really part of the same community.. because of the tag feature..

      1. Which do you prefer? What do you mean when you said "… it feels like you’re not really part of the same community.. because of the tag feature.."? I didn't understand. Sorry to be a pain; I just want to fully understand the pros and cons of both sites.

        1. not pain at all LOL

          I do prefer this, the .org or self-hosted.

          What I meant was that it's the free WordPress that's 'hosting' this Daily Post challenge. When you tag your post with «postaday2011», it gets listed in THEIR blog … but only if you have a wordpress.COM blog.. Hence, when I do that here [tag my posts] they would never show up there. So instead I try to comment on their blog posts and other bloggers as best I can..

          That tagging feature is neat, because you can click on a tag and see all blogs about that word. Here's an example: Let's say I tag a post with the word 'people'. Then I can click on that word and get this result http://en.wordpress.com/tag/people/

          That wouldn't work in .org but it's not all that important LOL

  3. Thanks for this great post. I had both kinds of wordpress blogs – free blog and one I paid for. The one that was hosted had TONS of features and excellent plug ins. Then I did something — and everything got jumbled together and I took it off-line. I'm glad I had it so that I could compare the two but I was writing 3 blogs and that was too many. Alas — I have the 2 going now and that is just plenty.

    I do miss the upgrades, plug-ins and themes though!

    Good work! – Marge –

    1. Thanks Marge πŸ™‚
      Yes, I had it before too. Took it down …don't remember, but I think I got discouraged because the domain name I'd chosen …somebody else had the same name and she was selling something. It wasn't really going anywhere either so …

      Then I signed up for .com with Kattsby here, but I missed so much all the stuff — most of all the ability to change things in the CSS code — colors, font, whatnot… The visual part of the blog is important to me πŸ™‚

    1. Jackie,
      Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by πŸ™‚

      That saying about writing for self, I heard at the end of one Criminal Minds episode, and googled it while I still could remember it.It hit home with me right away…

  4. I have been enjoying how you keep changing your blog design, a new header here, a different colour there… most people I know wouldn't have the patience. Your facility with computers and technology is a special skill!

    1. I probably have too (?) much free time at my hands … also, that about changing comes and goes in cycles. I've always been like that … I can go almost overboard with something for quite some time. Luckily I don't know how to make my own themes for WordPress because then nothing would be written — I'd be engrossed with that instead. I'll never bother with that … I'm happy with this Suffusion theme that I have now. I can do whatever I want with it…

  5. Hi Kattsby.
    Just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed reading your latest article.
    I have only been with WordPress since 12 Jan but I have already written 50 blogs. Once I start I cannot stop…
    anyway have a nice day and thank you again for taking the time to give us pleasure

    1. Wow, thank you so much for your kind words! That's really heart-warming to hear that you enjoyed my post. I've been with WordPress on and off over the years. Can't stop either πŸ™‚

  6. "Do you ever feel like you want to write, without knowing really what to write about??"
    No more than 3 or 4 days a week… πŸ™‚
    You have a nice place here. I think I will be returning with some frequency.

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