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WordPress.org vs .com

It’s been a few weeks now since I switched from wordpress.com to host my own blog and although I initially struggled to grasp all the setup, I’m now feeling pretty confident that I made the right choice and to be hones it’s proved a lot easier than I expected. In essence, .org gives you more control and flexibility over your blog site however you need to have the site hosted and that means shelling out a few quid!  I settled for a premium template theme called Photography from the Theme Foundry.

Of course I’ve had a number challenges getting to grips with some of the configuration as especially the CSS (cascading style sheets) and the way the Photography template uses them.  The biggest issues have been working out how to change the text alignment from left to justified – still, all sorted now!  Instead of just a blog, I thought I’d take the opportunity to build a new website and the Photography template theme has proven ideal for this purpose, so much so that I’m building a second site UKstreetPhotography using it also.  The other thing I’ve been surprised but pleased by is the standard and variety of the WordPress plugins – there one or more for almost everything you can imagine.  I’ve been especially impressed with Akismet, Extra Sentence Space, Fast Secure Contact Form, Fluency Admin, Link Library, Now Reading Reloaded, Organize Series, WP-Copyright-Protection and WP Category Post List Widget. One I can’t seem to get working though is WP Columns.  I’ll keep tweaking and adding things as I get more experience but it’s fun and a lot more enjoyable than I ever imagined it would be.  I’ve also only just discovered the Just Write facility which opens WordPress’ text entry screen full width – which is nice!

Coming back to the Photography theme template, I think my next customisation will be around the galleries so that I can have multiple gallery pages. Watch this space!

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Posted by ian on March 13, 2011

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