Switching to WordPress.com

Right around the Christmas break, I decided it was time to revive this site. I had an idea for a blog post and I logged in to create it. Instantly I was hit with the dreaded, “you have updates”, message. I ran through updated the core, then the plugins, and by the time it was over I had lost interest in what I was actually going to write about.

After this, I decided it was time for a change and you might say laziness took over. I did want to host it, I didn’t want to update it, and most of all I didn’t want to worry about it. So that left the typical SaaS choices. Squarespace, WordPress.com, etc.

Since I was already on WordPress I just stuck with it. I already knew the setup and it was the path of least resistance.

Almost two months after making this switch I’m so glad I did. I no longer have to worry about the constant bombardment of people trying to hack the site, worry about multiple plugins breaking, and ensuring all my data is backed up.

I give them money, and they handle it. It’s a beautiful system.

There are some downsides but I haven’t hit them yet because of this being my personal playground. WordPress.com restricts editing themes, I can’t add JavaScript and forms, (outside of their contact form), but I can edit the CSS, and with the business plan pick any theme I want. Commercial or free. This site has gone through many many different themes over the years and that is a huge selling point for me. This site is literally like a box of chocolates, it’s possible every time you visit it’ll look different.

The conversion was also simple and it impressed me. I did an export from my existing site and uploaded that file. Moments later all the content and images had been transferred. The part that really shined was moving the domain. I had to set the name server and they automatically carried over all my other records. I had a bunch and I was dreading that part.

As I’m getting older, the fun of tinkering with and hosting my own sites is dwindling. Some will call me lazy, but I just want to share and get back to the things more important in my life.

4 comments

  1. I’m glad I’m not the only developer who feels the same way about not wanting to deal with the everyday things. I’ve been switching between my self hosted wordpress sites to static generators and other things for a few years now, but I’m very happy with the one blog I’m currently hosting at wordpress.com. I still enjoy playing with the hobby sites, but don’t like the hassle of dealing with anything I’m not actively working on. I want to write and forget. Glad to see that your transition was smooth

    1. This has been something I have been struggling with to some extent. All the major blogging platforms that let you just spin something have shortcomings that I can’t seem to get past. 🙂 For now I have been using Medium (which completely strips you of individuality), but am finding more and more that I want to blog in the context of my company. In those situations I find it difficult to stick with the mainstream platforms. It’s a tough situation. (Just posting my thoughts, not sure there’s an answer.) 🙂

      1. > All the major blogging platforms that let you just spin something have shortcomings that I can’t seem to get past.

        Embrace the shortcomings! It actually makes it a little fun, sort of like when you first started Twitter and trying to condense your thoughts down to 140.

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