Is WordPress (.com) currently accessible in Saudi Arabia?

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  • #672325

    davidderrick
    Member

    Does anyone know?

    Thanks.

    The blog I need help with is davidderrick.wordpress.com.

    #672560

    wpgaurav
    Member

    Yes! It is available in Saudi Arabia. Try this search to get few blogs operated in S.A. http://www.google.com/search?q=site:wordpress.com+saudi+arabia

    To read arabian blogs http://ar.wordpress.com

    #672562

    wpgaurav
    Member

    http://susieofarabia.wordpress.com/
    is a blog of an American-Arabian woman, who blogs from Jeddah.

    #672678

    davidderrick
    Member

    Thanks.

    #672679

    davidderrick
    Member

    … although those blogs might be using proxies.

    #672730

    davidderrick
    Member

    Actually, I can report that I am now in Saudi Arabia and (as I suspected) I can read, but not edit or write my blog.

    #672732

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    There’s always Tor or Post by Email.

    #672733

    davidderrick
    Member

    Tor is a good idea. Thanks. The position in Saudi Arabia is that editing is blocked … most of the time. There are few minutes every hour when you can slip through the firewall. I’m not sure whether this is a minor concession or just inefficiency. I remember the same situation here several years ago.

    #672734

    davidderrick
    Member

    … and it isn’t that simple either because Tor is blocked!

    #672738

    raincoaster
    Member

    Try Post By email then, or possibly an offline blog editor like Blogdesk. And yes, officially it’s blocked there, same as in China. There are ways around that. Tor is a good one, but there are lots of proxies you can use: Anonymous has a list of them.

    #672741

    davidderrick
    Member

    Thanks.

    #672742

    alwayssunni
    Member

    Everyone I know in Saudi Arabia has satellite internet that doesn’t go through KACST’s censors. It’s technically illegal, but very common, and I’ve never heard of a Westerner being punished for it. You might want to consider doing that.

    #672744

    raincoaster
    Member

    Good idea! And I recall someone saying the universities don’t lock WP.com out of their connections.

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