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WordPress.com vs. Self-Hosting

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My presentation from WordCamp Montreal regarding the differences between self-hosting a WordPress installation and running your blog on WordPress.com.

My presentation from WordCamp Montreal regarding the differences between self-hosting a WordPress installation and running your blog on WordPress.com.

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  • welcome and intro (keep it short)\n
  • first things first\n
  • last talk before lunch - will try to be done early\n\nnever come between a WordCamp and food\n
  • questions at the end, at lunch, and at the happiness bar\n
  • title of the talk\n
  • what you may be expecting - a competition\n
  • like a team sport\n
  • or a boxing match\n
  • or a fight\n
  • it’s more friendly than that\n
  • like shaking hands\n
  • or hugging it out - both are useful, both are awesome\n
  • let’s talk about features\n
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  • you may think that these limits just knock WordPress.com out of contention for you - why would you want less?\n\nless can be more\n
  • plugin conflicts, self-inflicted problems from changing things, hunting to find that code you mistyped or misplaced\n
  • the environment is controlled\n\nthis is another way to say that you don’t have to worry as much\n
  • there’s even additional stuff on WordPress.com that goes above and beyond stock WordPress\n
  • here’s a key difference - what happens when you need help?\n
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  • there’s a cost comparison involved, as well - what are you getting for your money?\n
  • for ease of comparison, we’ll use American dollars\n
  • from an informal poll of colleagues and friends, this is the average cost of a year of shared hosting, which is what most people will use for their WordPress blog\n
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  • otherwise known as - FREE\n\n(next slide)\n
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  • you can move from one to the other any time you want using WordPress’s built-in export and import tools\n
  • self-hosted WordPress and WordPress.com can also work together\n
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  • come to the happiness bar - we’ll talk\n
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    • 1. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    • 2. first things first
    • 3. lunch
    • 4. questions
    • 5. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    • 6. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    • 7. features
    • 8. self-hosting• (almost) complete control• any plugin• any theme• customized code
    • 9. WordPress.com• limited control• plugins/features selected for you• 100+ themes & premium options• no code customization
    • 10. self-hosting• (almost) complete control• any plugin• any theme• customized code
    • 11. WordPress.com• limited control• plugins/features selected for you• 100+ themes & premium options• no code customization
    • 12. WordPress.com• early access to new WordPress features• built-in community of millions• WordPress.com-specific features • Publicize - push to social networks • Email subscriptions/post-by-email • Writing Helper
    • 13. support
    • 14. self-hosting
    • 15. you
    • 16. WordPress.com
    • 17. cost
    • 18. $100/year
    • 19. self-hosting• a domain of your very own• shared system resources• no WordPress-dedicated support
    • 20. WordPress.com• a domain of your very own - $17• design customization - $30• no ads on your blog - $30• money to spare
    • 21. $0/year
    • 22. free
    • 23. self-hosting
    • 24. WordPress.com• a something.wordpress.com domain• 100+ themes to choose from• hosting on the WordPress.com grid• dedicated WordPress support
    • 25. What’s right for you?
    • 26. What do you want?
    • 27. self-hosting• sandbox• custom plugin/theme development• the ultimate in flexibility
    • 28. WordPress.com• niche blogs• experiments• personal blogs• small business sites
    • 29. have and use both
    • 30. moving
    • 31. working together
    • 32. jetpack.me
    • 33. happiness bar
    • 34. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    • 35. questions
    • 36. Ryan Markelryanmarkel.com @ryanmarkel
    • 37. Ryan Markelryanmarkel.com @ryanmarkel

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