gag me :p blogger is a 10 [is there an emoticon for eyes crossing while puking %p…..]
Of course Blogger is a 10. It’s owned by Google. :)
[no integrity, she muttered, minus 10 for cheating]
Well, maybe they aren’t cheating. gmail is only a 9. :)
Blogger has a lot of very good and well-known blogs. I’m not a fan of the underlying technology (especially when compared to WordPress) or the way that it’s been misused for ad fraud, link farms, and anything else you can think of, but from a PageRank perspective, it’s position is well-earned. If you consider the fact that it has literally millions of blogs hosted that all link to it automatically and the fact that nearly every single trackable online conversation (blog, forum, chat room, etc.) about blogging ends up referencing them in one way or another, you’ll see why it is and definitely should be a 10.
BTW, if you’re wondering about it, wordpress.org is a 9 and is definitely heading to the top position itself.
While the primary credits list on the FAQs page links to my current site, the link at the end of the actual post goes to my now deleted old site. Also, there’s bit of spam garbage in a comment at the end of that post that you might want to clear out.
I have another FAQ for you to consider for the list. I actually just answered this in the WP.org forum, so I decided to bring it to you while it’s still fresh in my mind.
“Should I move my blog to a paid hosting service?”
When others have asked me whether they should move from wordpress.com free hosting to paid hosting, I always ask them what it is they’re trying to gain that WP doesn’t offer. In my case, I needed advertising and the ability to directly control my theme, overall CSS, and even core functionality. However, if you can’t name something very specific that you need to do with your site that can’t be done where you’re at, then there’s probably not a good reason to move.
- It costs money.
- You’ll confuse your existing readers and probably lose some of them.
- You’ll lose any existing standings or PageRank you may have already built up.
- You’ll lose any existing outside links to your site.
- When something breaks or gets messed up, there’s only you to fix it or pay someone else to.
- You’ll no longer be included in any of the wordpress.com listings of “best of” or “best performing” blogs or other categories specific to that community.
- You’re post tags will no longer be part of the wordpress.com cloud of tags and will therefore no longer bring you any incoming visitors from people searching there.
- You will definitely miss the natural sense of community and interconnectedness that exists on the WP-hosted blogs.
- Direct control over any and every aspect of your site.
- You can put as much or as little advertising as you want.
- You can use ANY theme or plugin out there.
- You can tweak any piece of code or formatting till it’s just the way you want it.
That’s just a short list of pros and cons, but you get the idea. Self-hosting is not right for everyone any more than WP-hosting is. The decision comes down to weighing the advantages against the disadvantages.
Again, let me repeat, if you can’t name something very specific that you need to do with your site that can’t be done here, then there’s probably not a good reason to move. However, it’s really up to you.
Thanks for doing this ptvguy – you rock!
Edit: So I guess a google page ranking of 6 for a two month old blog is okay.:)
Disadvantage – You’re responsable for your own site’s security, upgrading and backups.
Woah! and those three make me stand up at attention.
But it’s not that hard either :)
Thanks ptvguy – I’ll probably make that a page and flesh it out a bit more. Might suit a longer answer. Good one for there though!
It just dawned on me that the normal installation of WP defaults to 100 categories/tags. So, unless the MU version that you have installed for free blogs has either been modded or defaults higher than that, users are stuck with that cap. Therefore, it might be worth pointing out in the FAQ–and possibly in the main documentation–that one of the advantages of using a self-created and self-managed site index is the ability to point multiple related categories at a single tag. In other words, a single tag like “content management” could have a number of site index entries pointed at it (ie., content management, CMS, Content Management System, web management, web content, content, Drupal, etc., etc., etc.)
“It just dawned on me that the normal installation of WP defaults to 100 categories/tags.”
I wonder if ptvguy is thinking about that 100 category bug WP had a while back…
Didn’t even know about that :)
I would guess that most people who compartmentalise information to that extent would be using tags (plugins such as UTW) which have no upper limit.
I would give you a link but the WP.org support forum search is timing out. :(
edit: Here‘s a mention of it. I’m running 118 categories on my 2.0.3 install and it lists them fine.
It’s rather annoying actually. I had to recode it. There’s no mention of reaching an upper limit. You just start losing categories even though you can clearly see them being added on the edit post page.
Anyway, that’s a self-hosting thing. I only mentioned it here because of the possibility that the same thing applies to the free accounts. If there’s an upper limit here, then users can’t recode to fix it. Therefore, it would pay for them to find ways to limit the number of tags–unless, of course, you’re going to go in and fix it. ;>
I couldn’t code my way out of a wet paper bag armed with swords :)
Tags can be used too though :)
A paper bag armed with swords??? ;>
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