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Wordpress has a desperate need to think on widgets for the sake of its users
I assure you that wordpress does not have a desperate need although you may think you have one. WordPress.com is a multiuser version of wordpress. It is not the same software as regular version that you can get from wordpress.org
At wordpress.com we are all hosted by wordpress and we are all working on the same shared WP multi-user blogging platform therefore, there are restrictions on what we can do without affecting all other blogs. The security of all the blogs here is paramount and until such time that wordpress can guarantee that scripting languages will not be harmful they will not be permitted.
There is a "please read me first before posting" sticky post at the head of this forum. It lays out the differences between wordpress.com and wordpress.org and it seems clear to me that your needs will be better met by hiring a web host and using a blog template from http://wordpress.org
After you hire a web host and have him or her upload your free blog template from wordpress.org then you can import the contents of your wordpress.com blog into it and cope with your own security risks without involving over 700 thousand other blogs.
Any blogger answering questions on the support forum does so to their best ability and I have done that. However, we do not discuss matters of corporate policy on the forum.
You will have to take this up directly with staff by sending in a feedback using the button on the top right hand corner of any blog page.
Thank you, in advance for your cooperation and good blogging to you. :)
i also think that wordpress does not offer a lot of things other bloghost offer is because it's available elsewhere, and as such users have the choice. other than the security issues and reasons. our blog host offers alternative features, which sets it apart from other blog hosts.
However, we do not discuss matters of corporate policy on the forum.
Is this so?
If you check the forum searchbox you will find that matters of corporate policy cannot be discussed on the forums and must be taken up directly with staff.
On the bright side, making this pleading to staff will not be difficult for you because you can simply copy and paste into the feedback form.
Bye now :)
You're absolutely right, wp.org isn't suitable for everyone. The closest fit for the level of service you want (install a wide range of widgets without having to worry about doing your own software upgrades) would probably be Typepad. Yes, you have to pay, but the reality is that nobody's going to give you that level of service for free. And, since Typepad exists, it would make little sense for wordpress.com to duplicate it. If you refuse to use a Six Apart service because you have some form of loyalty to Automattic, that's really your issue rather than anyone else's.
Thanks Wank and Timethief for your time and replies. WordPress has its own merits and we're so used to it that we cannot think to switch to any other service provider. As a loyal user of Automattic, I feel we can certain things what we wanted by demand as well as by request. Let me just do the same, take this to feedback, plead them, demand them.
Timethief and hromanager, from my perspective both of your points have substantial merit. Many of us do have a strong blogging loyalty to WordPress.com, and yet we do still often yearn for additional perks. It's a tension that, for the most part, we need to accept and live with. I left Blogger, which provides much of what hromanager longs for, but I've been pleased as punch about moving here to WordPress. As a sidenote, as time goes on, WP does continue to add more perks (e.g., widgets such as maps, audio, video, slideshows, etc.), and with a little of one's own HTML ingenuity, each author can, in some instances, adapt outside resources into one's own blog. Sunburstkamel, Lorelle, Raincoaster and Engtech are just four great examples of bloggers who do just that---and who also share their efforts with the rest of us.
I think that this little thread has been a very useful one to think about. My thanks to all.
Best bet would be to bring this directly to staff's attention. Please remember that they do have the VIP program which would give you the features that you're looking for. $250 a month sounds like a lot but when you compare it against the cost of a full time employee or monthly retainer for a consultant which would be watching over your site and servers and all that, it's a lot less. Plus you get the backups, the multiple servers for load balancing, etc.
We'd surely look into it DrMike. This is what the kind of reply we were looking for. As You know, Money shouldn't be a constraint for a user who would want to derive the maximum benefit out of it. We just put forward that the number of options either as a paid service or free service need to be boosted by our guys and at the same time increase the number of options for an easy payment, best bet would be to add a credit card. One thing which we'd like to clarify and ensure everyone reading this thread is that we love to use wordpress and we continue to be and any remarks are just a suggestion for an improved QoS. We belong to a perfect business community and as you know business needs are endless. We forecast a tremendous increase in blogging by business communities in the near future and we're already suggesting many of our coallegues as well to blog on WP. This is just to let you know how much appreciation and consideration we do have for WP. We've forwarded this thread to WP feedback and would definitely hope they would hear to us positively.
To be honest, it's a matter of how much you want to put into it. If you want to mess with the templates and whatnot, running the software from wp.org is the way to go. If you just want to blog and not worry about dealing with files and upgrades and security and the like, it's wp.com.
It is fairly easy to outgrow what we have here at wp.com. Please rememeber that even I moved my blog off site for a few months.
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