From my pal, Susan at Collage Creative — What You Can’t Do on WordPress.com (a cautionary tale)

WordPress Official LogoRecently, I did some web development work in WordPress for a friend’s business and brought in the help & expertise of my pal, WordPress & CSS goddess, Graphic Artist, as well as flute & saxophone musician extraordinaire, Susan Langenes of Collage Creative.

Here’s the rub — both Susan and I had done design on lots of self-hosted web sites using the downloaded WordPress Open Source software, but our client was already on WordPress.com, and liked that UI and wanted to stay there. And the reasons for doing so were understandable — your WordPress site is always backed up for you, Automattic, the parent company running WordPress.com, handles most of the security against malware and attacks, they do all the updates, etc. Sounds like a sweet deal, right?

And knowing we couldn’t do any back-end PHP or JavaScript fiddling with code at WordPress.com, everything just had to be in customizable CSS, we figured we’d limit our changes to just that and party! Right?

Well… not exactly.

Turns out there were many more pitfalls that make WordPress.com a much different animal than a self-hosted WordPress.org site. Susan has done an excellent job of detailing what we both went through in getting the web site to where the client wanted it, after much g-nashing of teeth, in this pithy post over on her site, You Can’t Do That On WordPress.com. Much good info for anyone who wants to take a customization job over on WordPress.com. Enjoy. And thank you, Susan, for the great write-up and mentioning me & this blog.

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