Time to give some recognition to the kind folks at WordPress; they’re always working tirelessly to keep everything running smoothly for their bloggers. Great job, guys. 🙂
I’ve been very impressed with WordPress since I signed up a year ago. I’ve had experience with webhosting before (I still host www.sci-fimonthly.com), but really it’s been more of a hassle than I want to bother with; between creating designs, constantly changing content and the monthly fees, it’s very frustrating. When I was looking to create this blog, I wanted to find something free but powerful to solve a lot of those problems. And WordPress was it.
Now it’s completely exceeded my expectations. I set up CJWriter as a blog, but it’s really become more of a website in its own right. I host my stories here, get to talk about writing and other issues – and even more importantly, comments allow me to interact with readers in a way I never could before. I could have done this on my own, yes, but WordPress makes it so simple that there’s no need to.
There are only a couple of things I wish I could have. One is a custom favicon, something a lot of WP users having been asking for… a few people have said it might happen in the future (so send feedback!). Another is a paid upgrade to ensure that readers don’t see ads. I have no problem with WordPress running ads (that’s how they can focus on their free features), and they only appear rarely to people who aren’t logged in. But a lot of my readers come off Google and aren’t logged in, so I would be willing to pay for an upgrade to ensure that ads aren’t run on CJWriter… just a personal taste decision (so far I’ve never seen an ad myself), but hopefully that upgrade is in the works.
Statcounter is my personal favourite stats program. I’ve been using it for years and it’s completely free; you can keep track of up to 250,000 pageloads and you get a considerable breakdown, from pageloads to country, browser stats, etc. It also has an invisible option.
HiStats is a relatively new stats program. It has quite similar features to Statcounter, but it’s graphical layout is very different. It has a great look and if you like interpreting stats through a quick glance, check it out.