There are a lot of things that I love about running a self-hosted WordPress blog. I love that I have complete control over everything; the plugins installed & available to me, and being able to create or download any theme I like without paying anything extra.
WP is, and has been for some time, the best blogging software around, in my opinion. Sure, there are other great options, too, but having tried several of them over the years, it is always WP that I come back to.
There are some things that I’m not a huge fan of, though.
As a self-hosted WP blog, I don’t have the “reblog” option. Anyone wishing to share any of my content can still do so, but it’s not as quick & simple as having that reblog option. You’ve got to copy/paste and manually create a link to my original post, if you want to do the same thing that the reblog function does.
If I want to allow visitors to comment using their WP credentials, or their Facebook or Twitter credentials, I have to enable JetPack comments. Now, JetPack has some awesome features for self-hosted WP blogs, but I feel that JetPack comments are causing more problems than they’re worth.
So I’ve disabled that part of the JetPack suite of plugins.
Sadly, this means you can’t just login with your WP account (or any of the other options JetPack comments provides), and it may mean that you will have to go through comment moderation again due to the switch back to WP‘s native comments system. I’m sorry for that, but I’m afraid I really do prefer the native comments due to the quirks and issues with JetPack comments. One of the quirks I’m hoping this fixes is the issue with long comments screwing everything up. So I’m crossing my fingers.