Advice on whether WP.com is for me

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  • #117160

    raincoaster
    Member

    That’s in Firefox for sure, but not so much in IE. In fact, many blogs that look great in FF get all squashed and deformed (Garland users, I’m talking about you). I shudder to think what those blogs would look like in IE with ads on them.

    There was talk of putting ads beneath each post, but before the comment box. I for one hate that idea with a passion.

    #117163

    atthe404
    Member

    Apropos the huge variations between the appearance of a lot of WP com blogs between the different browsers – I can’t tell you how much it saddens me. While it is true that the differences in implementation of the box model – among other things – make life very difficult and frustrating for web designers, the consistent application of a few very simple principles can easily eliminate the problem. This is a truth which WordPress has never embraced. There are some developers; *cough*; who could tell them how to do it. But they have never asked.

    #117198

    drmike
    Member

    @firesprinklers, actually you can set the font style with the CSS upgrade just for reference. Or just use font tags although that would cause an issue with validation.

    @atthe404, wordpress is open source. If you don’t know where the trac system is to open a ticket, all you’re doing is complaining without doing something about an issue that you see.

    Just like a politician. ;)

    #117259

    atthe404
    Member

    I have never believed that trac is the right place for design related issues. If there are fifty themes in use, lets say 7 major browsers, and a number of errors in each it would be swamped. Furthermore fixing positioning glitches on a case by case basis just makes things worse. I would like to see WP com move to a different theme system altogether. But that is a policy choice.

    #117261

    timethief
    Member

    @atthe404
    I’m interested in hearing what kind of a theme system you think would do the job better. :)

    #117262

    drmike
    Member

    But TT knows that this isn’t the place to be discussing policy, right?…

    #117264

    timethief
    Member

    Yes I do. Sorry — I wanted to edit my question above but the 10 minutes had expired.

    #117267

    atthe404
    Member

    Ok. I won’t answer. :)

    #117268

    timethief
    Member

    @atthe404
    I have a contact sub-page on the blog linked to my username. http://bloggersblurt.wordpress.com/about/contact/
    We could “meet” there if you’re interested enough to do so. :)

    #117269

    weirdscience
    Member

    well my response will be somewhat simple but I will say that I do like wordpress a lot. I can’t compare it to other blogs because I’m still quite new blogging. I think that considering i’m an idiot when it comes to computer stuff, the fact that my blog looks alright (well I think so anyways) is a testament to the user friendly aspect of wordpress. also, the support on the forums is ace and most issues I have are resolved quickly. :)

    the ad part, however, DOES bother me. I appreciate the money aspect of it from the wordpress point of view but I really hope that if it stays, users can pay to ensure it doesn’t go on their blog. if ads are a major issue, then think hard before signing up, imo.

    #117330

    anneaspey
    Member

    Well, after much thinking about it, I decided to go with a WPMU site that doesn’t do ads. I wish I could’ve stayed at WP.com, but ads are too much of an issue. Any WP.com staff members lurking about might want to consider the “no-ads” upgrade that weirdscience recommends.

    #117331

    timethief
    Member

    I hear you and I understand where you are coming from. Best wishes to you. :)

    As far as a “no-ads” option goes. This is not a new idea. This was suggested last summer and it is occasionally brought up again every once in awhile. It seems perverse that when the majority response to Matt was that the best feature at wordpress.com was “no ads” last summer that what’s been suggested since then is paying to get ads off blogs. That being said it seems to be the only recourse other than leaving wp.com.

    #117332

    drmike
    Member

    Any WP.com staff members lurking about might want to consider the “no-ads” upgrade that weirdscience recommends.

    I would suggest sending in a feedback via email to support at this domain else staff doesn’t hear you all of the time. Like standing in teh middle of the innerstate complaing about traffic.

    #117333

    anneaspey
    Member

    OK. I just figured that since I am blogging from a different site, I shouldn’t be using the feedback button. It asks for your blog URL, and although I have one here, it’s not an active blog.

    Oh, well, maybe they’ll listen, anyway. I would’ve been willing to let them run ads on my blog, if only I could have blocked ones to which I am morally opposed.

    Thanks again!

    #117334

    timethief
    Member

    Whether or not your blog is active isn’t really a consideration. If you want to use your feedback button and state your case then do so. Other bloggers have also expressed concerns about some ads that they consider to be objectionable.

    #117335

    anneaspey
    Member

    I did send feedback. I’ll let you all know if I hear anything back!

    Thanks so much for all the help here, especially as I’ve ended up somewhere else.

    #117336

    timethief
    Member

    I’m glad you will let us know what you hear.
    You’re welcome and happy blogging! :)

    #117337

    anneaspey
    Member

    I have heard already!

    Alex said, “We’re aware of concerns about Adsense, and are working on some new features that should help.”

    So that sounds good for you and all the future bloggers looking for a home. I don’t want to move twice, though, so I’ll probably be staying with Autiblogger, regardless of what happens here. Too bad things didn’t happen a little faster. Sigh.

    Happy blogging, all!

    #117338

    timethief
    Member

    Thanks for the update anne and happy trails. :)

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