Why I won’t be moving to WordPress.com

I’ve been looking at switching host providers from Yahoo for some time.  I did a test migration to WordPress.com but discovered that they really don’t seem to get that many people would like to control their own blog.  For a simple blog, WordPress.com would be fine but you might as well go with Livejournal.com, Facebook or some other blogging system then.  I don’t see what value WordPress.com offers.

  • No javascript is allowed in widgets:

My code has gone from my widget

If you paste code into a widget, save and when you look again it has gone then the system has removed it.
This is done for security reasons.

Anything that has a line like this:
<script type="text/javascript">
or that uses Form or Input tags for instance is not allowed. There are other tags but the effect is the same – they disappear.

There are no exceptions to this.

  • You can’t add plugins to your wordpress blog:

Where is my plugins tab?

Unfortunately, there isn’t one to be found!

For various reasons we do not permit the uploading and use of plugins here at wordpress.com.

The hosting is simply for your blog even if you would pay $$ for email services.  Sure, they have a hack that will allow you to redirect to Google Apps but you might as go with Google’s Blogger then.  Perhaps I’m just not getting the point of WordPress.com (not to be confused with WordPress.org).  Can someone enlighten me?

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