I thought that it would be appropriate to start this blog with a post to let everyone know that this is the new home of m3wb.me
So why did I move back to wordpress?
Not gonna lie, the price is a huge driving factor. I can host a blog here for free if I want and if I don’t mind having “.wordpress” in the url. If I don’t want that in there, I pay $25- 30 a year for the custom domain. And that’s it. Pretty decent. Keep in mind that I’m talking about hosting at wordpress.com (not .org — that’s a different animal)
Ghost on the other hand (hosting with Ghost Pro, not independently) doesn’t have a free option and the basic plan, which I have now, costs me $96 a year and that does NOT include the domain name. For that I pay $18 to Hover (the best domain host I’ve used).
Some surprisingly important little details: I like the WP user interface better. Ghost’s split screen view is cool, but the ‘markdown’ can be annoying at times. WP is more intuitive if you’re familiar with every other piece of writing software in the world. The free themes for WP are clean and work very well on all platforms, mobile to desktop. I felt that I had to buy a theme that I liked with Ghost.
Now we’re left with the minutiae: I want a dated archive of my posts, WP has is Ghost does not. I like to write a post and schedule it to publish later, I can do that with WP, not with Ghost. Lastly, I LOVE the “Read More” tag what WP has. I can control the length of the blurbs that show up in the post stream exactly how I want, which is something that I’ve always gotten frustrated with in the past.
Since there’s no free hosting plan with Ghost, that blog will no longer exist and I won’t be able to leave the posts up as archives. So I’m planning to copy over some of my favorite posts as well as some more popular posts so that they’re still accessible here.