WordPress Dot Com Goes Down Taking Millions With ItPosted on Timeless 4 comments
Wow, WordPress is getting a lot of negative or Badpress, (pun intended) these days.
In an earlier post, WordPress blogs being hacked I described the stress that I felt when I could not get into and edit my WordPress blog. I was wondering if the sky was falling! But, cooler heads prevailed and I came out of that knowing more about WordPress.org and how to protect my data etc.
The problem as I see it is just the nature of electronics and the ever growing number of people using them. Not to mention the people out there that want to reek havoc on the rest of us through hacking, just because they can not figure out how to be happy any other way.
That is why I was not angry at WordPress, as they were the ones being attacked. The advantage that I have is that my blog is self hosted. Meaning, I have control over what happens to it. I not only own the content, I also own the URL. I can move it and have it hosted wherever I want to. I do not have to rely on WordPress.com to keep their heads out of the clouds, (another pun intended) and keep my site up and running.
So, as I said, I was not angry at WordPress, but when I got up this morning and read about WordPress.com going down and taking millions with it, I was pretty upset. Not for myself, but for those out there that have not heeded the warnings about hosting their sites on free services. There is a difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org, WordPress.org provides the blogging platform but you then have it hosted at your discretion. WordPress.com gives you none of those freedoms and it is not helping you in other ways that you will see below.
I think that many are afraid to change, or do not want to take the time to change. Some may feel that they have spent a considerable amount of time promoting that blog, and feel like they cannot let go of it. Well, what if that site crashes or worse shuts down now you have lost your blog site altogether. So, it is maybe difficult to make that decision for some. The bottom line is you just have to bite the bullets and do it. You will be a lot better off in the end. Luckily it is not that hard to change your site, it does take some time, but there are many how-tos on Youtube that can walk you through it. The rewards will be many.
One advantage of switching is that you have more control over your ranking and Google will reward you for that. Having your site hosted by one of those free sites is like having a replicated site for your direct sales business, and Google does not like them. To boost up your self hosted site you are in control of the SEO, search engine optimization, and thus have more control over your success.
If it is self hosted, like I said you not only own the content, you also own the site name, or URL. The advantages of that is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want with your site. You can have whatever theme you want, advertise whatever you want, and with all of the plug-ins and widgets that are available you can jazz it up to your liking. So, for me the benefits definitely out weighted the cost.
Have a great day and I wish you happy blogging whatever you choose to do,
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