4 Reasons on Why WordPress.com Is The Best Blogging Platform Ever

Today, I have blogged for more than two years, using WordPress.com blogging platform. In my opinion, and based on my experience, I have to say that WordPress.com is the best blogging platform ever. I have no advantage to promote WordPress.com. I just so satisfied, that I can’t help writing this post as my appreciation to WordPress.com team. Now, I want to share my reasons to love WordPress.com, and claim them as the best blogging platform ever. Here they are…

1. They have a bunch of cool features

You want to create a blog in seconds? Just go to www.wordpress.com/signup, fill some forms, and you’ll get your blog in seconds.

You are curious about the number of human visitors that read your blog? They have a cool stats page with so many information, like which posts that are read by visitors, the referral site that the visitors came from, the link on your blog that is clicked by visitor, the number of pageviews you get on any specific posts on any given day, the summary of pageviews on your blog, etc.

You are sick of any spam comments on your blog? Say goodbye to spams, since the WordPress founder himself invented Akismet, the world’s best comment and trackback spam technology. It blocks spammers from leaving comments on your blog.

You want to schedule your post? They have scheduled post feature, that helps me to update this blog on 6.00 AM everyday.

You want to change the appearance of your blog? They have over 75 attractive themes, and you can switch themes instantly with just a click of a button. Moreover, you can customize the theme a bit, like the header image, the sidebar widgets, etc.

You want to stick your post to the top of your blog? They have sticky post.

You want to add a photo gallery, Youtube video, mathematics equation, or source code? They can do it.

You want to store many images or media? They give you 3 GB for you to store your stuffs.

You want to create a private post, or a password-protected post? They can do it.

You want to get more traffic? Once you do a new post, your post will be listed on Google search engine.

Those features is like the top of an iceberg… There’re so many other cooler features inside WordPress.

2. They’re open and safe

In order to use WordPress, you don’t have to spend any bucks, or in other words, that’s totally free.

There are no disturbing ads on your blog. Your blog is 100% free from any ads (at least I have never seen an advertisement that is set by WordPress.com in this last two years).

They support open-ID, and XML export/import, that makes you easier to change your blogging platform someday if you want.

They run hundreds of servers in three datacenters (Chicago, Dallas, San Antonio) with instant copies of all your data and uploads in each. This allows them to serve your blog very quickly, and also if something catastrophic were to happen, like Chicago falling into Lake Michigan or Dallas being hit by a meteor, your blog would be okay.

3. They keep improving

They add new features/themes/updates every month. You’ll get some surprises from them, as they keep improving their features. And, the most powerful one, that makes me fall in love with WordPress is…

4. They have excellent support

I give four thumbs up for their support. If you have questions about using or extending your blog, they’ve got some of the most responsive support around. They’ve got friendly fellow users in the forums and on our support team who will help you out. There is great documentation, a support contact form, and the forums are active 24 hours a day.

Once, I found a bug on their site, and I sent a support message to them. Many other organization will take easy on my messages, or give me a reply that’s automated by a machine, but not for WordPress.com. Surprisingly, they took my messages seriously, and replied my messages before 1×24 hour time. And, the most surprise is my message was replied by a human rather than a machine or a system. Their team themselves gave reply to my message (assume that I am noone at WordPress.com, just a customer that use their platform). Till today, I still save their message to me, as follow:

[WordPress #SMR-706407]: [images] [charleschristian.wordpress.com] Image Caption Doesn’t Work in Blog Surfer

15 Agustus 2008

> I just wanna inform you that the cool feature "Image Caption" that

> was released some time ago doesn’t work in "Blog surfer" page at

> WordPress.com dashboard. Is that a bug or the blog surfer just don’t

> support the image caption?

The shortcodes aren’t converted in the Blog Surfer, so seeing the code as you do is how it’s designed.

> One more, while I’m writing my post in this support text box (which

> is appear at the top of the "blog surfer" page), sometimes my page

> focus move up and down, and it disturbs me a little. I don’t know

> what’s the problem, maybe you know? FYI, I use Mozilla 3.0 as my

> browser.

Where is this happening? On specific pages or your blog, in the dashboard?

Nick

Automattic | WordPress.com

———————————————————————————————-

16 Agustus 2008

Thanks Charles, we’ll look into that🙂

Hanni

WordPress.com Support

Hey, I sent one message to them, and I received TWO replies by two different people! They received my complain, and fixed it in a short amount of time.

Yesterday, I found a great and honest post from WordPress.com blog. The founder itself that wrote that post. Here is the post.

WP.com Downtime Summary

Today WordPress.com was down for approximately 110 minutes, our worst downtime in four years. The outage affected 10.2 million blogs, including our VIPs, and appears to have deprived those blogs of about 5.5 million pageviews.

What Happened: We are still gathering details, but it appears an unscheduled change to a core router by one of our datacenter providers messed up our network in a way we haven’t experienced before, and broke the site. It also broke all the mechanisms for failover between our locations in San Antonio and Chicago. All of your data was safe and secure, we just couldn’t serve it.

What we’re doing: We need to dig deeper and find out exactly what happened, why, and how to recover more gracefully next time and isolate problems like this so they don’t affect our other locations.

I will update this post as we find out more, and have a more concrete plan for the future.

I know this sucked for you guys as much as it did for us — the entire team was on pins and needles trying to get your blogs back as soon as possible. I hope it will be much longer than four years before we face a problem like this again.

Not so many organizations that is honest and brave enough to take responsibility on their mistakes. WordPress.com is one of them. They respect their customers, they’re so transparance to us, explain us about what’s happened, they promise to treat us better, they provide a solution, and they give a quick response. Well done WordPress.com team!

Once I realize, I have written a three pages post, and have spent more than one hour to write this post. Though my English is not so good, I still manage to write this post in English, sothat everyone in WordPress.com team can read this post, and know how I so appreciate on what’s they’ve done. I hope (and I believe) they continue this good run, and so WordPress.com can surely be the best blogging platform.

Many thanks to WordPress.com team.😀

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About Charles

Seorang alumni Fakultas Ilmu Komputer UI. Suka mengoleksi buku-buku dan membagikan inspirasi-inspirasi yang didapatkannya. Mencintai matematika dan logika sederhana. Hobinya adalah mencari inspirasi dan membagikannya. Seorang biasa yang percaya bahwa dia memiliki Tuhan yang luar biasa.

7 responses to “4 Reasons on Why WordPress.com Is The Best Blogging Platform Ever”

  1. Cahya says :

    Blogspot.com masih merupakan rival terberat dari wordpress.com, kalau dari sisi fitur menurut saya masih lebih unggul blogspot.com

    Seperti dengan akses ke HTML dan CSS sepenuhnya serta kontrol redireksi pengumpan sindikasi penuh adalah semua dari hal minimal yang diperlukan kalau kita ahli dengan kode, semua itu rasanya belum ada di wordpress.com.

    Mengenai galeri saya kira keduanya sama bagus, Picassa dari Google yang mendukung blogspot juga sama bagusnya dengan multimedia galeri di wordpress.com. Bahkan kita bisa mengatur berbagai bentuk publikasi blog dengan album Picassa sendiri – ini belum ada di WordPress🙂

    Export and import?

    Saya pernah mengimpor blog dalam skala besar dari blogspot ke wordpress dan dari wordpress ke wordpress, penilaian saya: sama baiknya (tapi belum pernah mencoba sebaliknya, tapi masing-masing menyediakan fitur untuk itu).

    Theme?

    Saya rasa wordpress.com masih terbatas walau selalu bertambah, sedangkan blogspot.com … bayangkan, nyaris tak terbatas dengan kemampuan orang berkreasi.

    Support?

    Hmm… saya kurang tahu, tapi wordpress.com memang memiliki komunitas yang cukup solid dibandingkan blogspot.com

    Yang saya sukai dari wordpress.com namun tidak dijumpai pada blogspot.com adalah kesederhanaan sistem implementasinya, dan pembatasan yang dilakukan.

    Blogspot terlalu memberikan banyak kebebasan bagi pengguna (bisa dibaca dari TOS-nya), membuat penggunanya bisa berkreasi dengan bebas memanfaatkan blogspot. Kadang ini malah jadi senjata makan tuan, terlalu banyak kode membuat rerata blog di blogspot.com nyaris jauh lebih berat diakses daripada wordpress.com yang membatasi penggunanya dalam banyak hal – hasilnya server yang tetap ringan dan kencang untuk diakses🙂

    • Cahya says :

      Satu lagi, sistem komentar blogspot adalah salah satu yang paling parah yang pernah saya temui – mungkin ini jadi poin yang jauh mengurangi kata suka dibandingkan poin-poin yang sudah mendukungnya😀

    • Charles says :

      @Cahya:

      Yup, saya setuju kalau dikatakan blogspot adalah pesaing terberat WordPress saat ini. Sebenarnya untuk akses CSS bisa dilakukan di WordPress, namun itu adalah fitur premium/berbayar. Saya setuju, kadang ada baiknya tidak semua hal/kustomisasi diberikan kepada pengguna. Contohnya bisa dilihat di Friendster, yang memperbolehkan akses HTML, malah membuat tampilan sebagian besar profilnya menjadi “ga karuan”, mulai dari background yang terlalu ramai, tulisan yang tidak terbaca, gambar2 yang membuat lambat, dll…

      Untuk sistem komentar, tentu saja WordPress lebih unggul. Kalau di blogspot, mungkin yang mau kasih komen aja bisa ga jadi kasih komen karena ribetnya sistem comment-nya. Belum lagi banyaknya spam yang masuk karena filter spam yang kurang baik.

      Satu hal lagi yang saya tidak sukai (entah ini kelebihan atau kekurangan) dari blogspot adalah mereka mengizinkan pemasangan iklan/Google AdSense. Ini memang baik untuk blogger (bisa mendapatkan uang dari blognya), tetapi membuat tampilan blog menjadi kurang baik. Parahnya, hal itu membuat banyak orang membuat blog di blogspot hanya untuk memasang iklan-iklan seperti itu dan mendatangkan traffic agar banyak yang klik iklan tersebut. Makanya, di blogspot banyak sekali “blog sampah” atau blog-blog yang berisi konten-konten yang tak sepatutnya yang bisa mendatangkan banyak pengunjung (seperti konten pornografi misalnya).

      Tapi intinya, di mana pun ngeblog-nya, yang terpenting adalah kualitas tulisannya kan? Jadi, selama isinya berkualitas, di mana pun platform-nya akan tetap berkualitas.

      Thanks untuk tanggapannya ya…😀

    • Cahya says :

      Saya juga kurang suka dengan kontan yang “tidak menyenangkan” di blogspot, karena kalau sudah theme blog diganti, fungsi pelaporan blog jadi susah.

      Wp.com punya sistem pelaporan penyalahgunaan blog yang lebih bagus (harusnya dicontoh oleh mesin blog yang lain) – sehingga ada kontrol komunitas untuk menciptakan konten yang bermutu🙂

  2. pathya says :

    i ‘m in love with WORDPRESS😀

    WORDPRESS bring BLOGGER in the unlimited blogging activities..!!

  3. A.J.I says :

    ngeblog di wordpress lebih profesional

  4. ambonkaart says :

    Isi artikel ini sebagian copy paste begitu aja dari wordpress kayaknya.
    Kalau kamu bisa kasih review yang sifatnya pribadi (spt contoh balasan email kamu) dan bukan sekedar copas, mungkin lebih bagus. ^^

    Salam kenal…

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