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.

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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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  • WordPress.com vs. Self-Hosting

    1. 1. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    2. 2. first things first
    3. 3. lunch
    4. 4. questions
    5. 5. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    6. 6. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    7. 7. features
    8. 8. self-hosting• (almost) complete control• any plugin• any theme• customized code
    9. 9. WordPress.com• limited control• plugins/features selected for you• 100+ themes & premium options• no code customization
    10. 10. self-hosting• (almost) complete control• any plugin• any theme• customized code
    11. 11. WordPress.com• limited control• plugins/features selected for you• 100+ themes & premium options• no code customization
    12. 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. 13. support
    14. 14. self-hosting
    15. 15. you
    16. 16. WordPress.com
    17. 17. cost
    18. 18. $100/year
    19. 19. self-hosting• a domain of your very own• shared system resources• no WordPress-dedicated support
    20. 20. WordPress.com• a domain of your very own - $17• design customization - $30• no ads on your blog - $30• money to spare
    21. 21. $0/year
    22. 22. free
    23. 23. self-hosting
    24. 24. WordPress.com• a something.wordpress.com domain• 100+ themes to choose from• hosting on the WordPress.com grid• dedicated WordPress support
    25. 25. What’s right for you?
    26. 26. What do you want?
    27. 27. self-hosting• sandbox• custom plugin/theme development• the ultimate in flexibility
    28. 28. WordPress.com• niche blogs• experiments• personal blogs• small business sites
    29. 29. have and use both
    30. 30. moving
    31. 31. working together
    32. 32. jetpack.me
    33. 33. happiness bar
    34. 34. WordPress.com vs. self-hosting
    35. 35. questions
    36. 36. Ryan Markelryanmarkel.com @ryanmarkel
    37. 37. Ryan Markelryanmarkel.com @ryanmarkel

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