Why I Shifted Back to WordPress.com

It was in the year 2010 that I first created a free blog at WordPress.com. Didn’t have my own domain back then and used to post on ehtis subdomain, but eventually got one a couple of years later. That was the time I started to think I’ve outgrown the features that I need on the hosted platform, and would need to move to my own self-hosted WordPress install—AdSense and the ability to add popup plugins was on my mind.

Fast forward to 2015, after years of being on a self-hosted blog, I began to realize that I didn’t actually need the features which were initially on my mind, for a personal blog. Taking care of updates, themes, server administration (I have my own VPS server) and uptime was an unnecessary labor for a personal blog, where the intention is just to write and not worry too much about customization, geo-targeting and capturing leads. I finally made the switch and following are the main reasons for it.

Stability and Uptime

It wasn’t like my VPS server was going down every other day, the situation wasn’t this bleak, but my web host used to be a target of an occasional DDoS attack, resulting in degraded service or downtime for a few hours. Most mid-level hosts don’t have the bandwidth to thwart several Gb/s attacks, and this is where WordPress.com shines. They have the bandwidth to deal with waves of traffic and hold their own against the menace of DDoS—many top websites rely on them to serve millions of page views. The infrastructure is obviously scalable, which includes load-balancers, memory and bandwidth to name a few.

Here are a few uptime stats which I’ve gathered:

Recent stats of all Automattic websites
Recent stats of all Automattic websites
WordPress.com uptime stats from 2014
WordPress.com uptime stats from 2014

WordPress.com has almost 100% uptime since October 2014, not even one day of downtime in 10 months. You can check out the complete history here, which shows 99.97%+ uptime since September 2012, the only anomaly was February 2013 with a 99.91% figure.

Where your blog gets ranked in Google depends on several factors, uptime and speed are one of those signals. You’ve got them covered here, so just focus on creating quality content!

Security and Updates

Critical security vulnerabilities can strike your installation any time as they’re discovered. Recently an XSS bug was discovered, which prompted the release of version 4.2.3 on July 23rd. Goes without saying how much damage they can cause, from sensitive information leakage to defacements.

Yes, you can set your blog to auto-update, but that may cause issues with your theme or plugins in some cases, so many like to take the manual route. Being on WordPress.com’s hosted platform, there’s a bit of peace of mind in this regard, you’re not exposed and the platform is timely updated.

Reader and Community

Just like other social media sites, WordPress.com has its own ecosystem of bloggers and readers who can find relevant content through the Reader. It’s a nice little way to get more visitors to your blog, who I’ve found will be more engaging than the search engine audience. Expect a comment if they find your content interesting!

I’ve been having a good time in the community, moving has also helped me learn many new features of the platform which is helpful because I’m trying to get into this amazing company Automattic—the brains behind WordPress.com. 🙂

And Wait, Everything is Not Perfect!

These were the prime reasons which prompted me to move my personal blog. Your scenario can be different, perhaps you’re looking for a platform where you have the ability add third party plugins. You could be looking for revenue through AdSense (there’s a WordAds program here too, just in case) or just have a requirement which is not supported here. In that case, you’re free to go the WordPress.org route, have your own hosting and customize all you want! 😉

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Ehtisham Siddiqui

Blogger and a techie. WordPress, cricket and aviation freak. Love traveling!

6 thoughts on “Why I Shifted Back to WordPress.com”

  1. Great post … because I just shifted to WordPress.com yesterday after being self-hosted and having some of the same issues as you. Your post is an amazing coincidence. But I’ve got to start from scratch again as I’m not confident on moving my self-hosted blog across. So I’m trying to contact my followers 1 by 1 to come across to my new site. It’s nice to know I wasn’t the only person having issues self-hosting, I feel a lot more confident knowing someone else had the same sort of problems. Hope you are successful back at WordPress.com.

    1. Thanks for the good words, Cathy! 🙂

      The previous blog that you had, did you change its domain name? Leaving it the same (and pointing it here) would have helped, and you wouldn’t have had to tell your followers about the new address either. Still, good luck for the move! 🙂

      And I think there are different use-cases for both the platforms. I have a couple of other blogs which are self-hosted, as they’re heavily customized and dependent on a few plugins. On the other hand, reblogging, Reader, ease of use and stability is unmatched at WordPress.com.

      1. Thanks, I’m not very good with computer issues and was scared I would have ruined my blog somehow. But I am learning more as I go along. Thanks for commenting back!! See, I’m meeting new people already!

  2. Those are exactly the reasons why I moved over to WordPress.com too. I only need a simple blog and portfolio, so there’s no need for all the freedom and extra work a self-hosted site provides. And the community is a big extra bonus, I would say that’s the mayor thing what makes WordPress stands out among the competition.

    Though sometimes I miss not being able to tweak a few things in php or javascript… 😛

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