We are in the process of exporting our blog to a web host, which will give us more opportunity to expand our design and content. We really do appreciate the opportunity of having a free blog on wordpress.com, however there are limitations with wordpress.com versus wordpress.org. The easiest way to explain this is to quote from the WordPress FAQ’s relating to this matter.
WordPress.org is open source blogging software that is freely available to anyone to download. The software must be downloaded and installed onto a computer. WordPress, being internet software, must be installed on a web server–that’s a computer that is set up to serve web pages over the internet–and your personal computer probably isn’t a web server. So, to make the free WordPress software work, you have to own a web server or rent some space on one. That’s called hosting and it’s not usually free. There are plenty of good hosts out there who will let you install WordPress on their web servers for a reasonable fee. You can then do anything you like with your own copy of WordPress: install plugins and themes, etc.
WordPress.com is different. It’s a web site that provides blogs hosted free of charge. The software on WordPress.com is very similar but not exactly the same software you can download from WordPress.org. It is a multi-user version of WordPress that allows many thousands of blogs to be hosted on a single web server. The free blog hosting does not come with the ability to upload plugins or themes. Because any change in the software affects every blog on the system, some of the things you can do on your own hosted WordPress blog are disabled here. Some of these features may become available in the future as paid upgrades, comparable with traditional hosting fees.
- Ability to upload themes
- Ability to upload plugins
- Great community
- Complete control to change code if you’re technically minded
- You need a good web host, which generally costs $7-12 a month
- Requires more technical knowledge to set up and run
- You’re responsible for stopping spam
- You have to handle backups
- You must upgrade the software manually when a new version comes out
- If you get a huge spike in traffic (like Digg or Slashdot) you site will probably go down
- It’s free and much easier
- Everything is taken care of: setup, upgrades, backups, security, etc
- Your blog is on dozens of servers, so it’s highly unlikely it will go down due to traffic
- Your posts are backed up hourly
- You get extra traffic from blogs of the day and tags
- You can find like-minded bloggers using tag and friend surfer
- Your login is secure (SSL) so no one can get into your account if you use wifi
- Limited customization of themes (though we’re adding more every day)
- You can’t hack the code behind your blog
It will take us a while to figure out all the details on how to make all this work. But our goal is to create a really fun, informative blog/website that is enjoyable to visit on a daily basis with interesting stories about our community and the people who inhabit it. We are working on having a Peterson’s Live Web Cam that is accessible 24 hours a day, from anywhere on the planet with an internet connection. We’re also pondering on adding other fun things like simple games that you can play while you are on your *ahem, lunch, *ahem at work.
To visit our new blog site, click HERE.
Which happens to be our old savepetersons.com website. We will getting a new domain to replace that one however, as we are working very hard not to have to use it again.
Thanks for visiting,