Accessibility of wordpress.com Versus Wordpress on a Hosted Site


Richard B. McDonald
 

Hi!

 

I am wondering about the level of accessibility of 1) putting up a blog on wordpress.com directly versus 2) having Wordpress installed onto a hosted site and blogging their?  To illustrate this difference, in the first case, the URL would be something like “myblog.wordpress.com.”  In the second case, the URL would be something like “myblog.com.”  That URL difference does not, per say, have anything to do with the accessibility of the website as far as using Wordpress to blog.  It just illustrates the difference between the two approaches.  On the one hand, going directly to wordpress.com is free whereas the hosted site would involve some minor fees; but that is not critical here.  The hosted site (e.g., bluehost.com) is professionally managed, is itself decently accessible and has great customer service.  And, the hosted site has “one click” installation of Wordpress scripts and also keeps that installation constantly up to date.  I do like the simplicity of having a clean URL like myblog.com as I would have with the hosted site, though.  So, the central question here is if there is much of an accessibility difference between these two different approaches?

 

Thanks,

Richard


Hope Williamson <ladyhope@...>
 

The only thing I dislike about wordpress.com is that it makes you use the rich text editor. Oh that and they charge for domains, even if they're already registered. In other words, they charge a fee for you to point the domain there. They also charge you if you want to use plugins, or change your theme using HTML in any way.
I'd stick with the hosted site. That way you can install any plugins and/or custom tweaks you want without paying extra, other than your yearly hosting fee of course.


David Goldfield <david.goldfield@...>
 

Hi.

In my experience with Wordpress.com, which is what I use to compose and publish my Web site, I have not been charged any fees for pointing my domains to a Wordpress.com page. I actually own three domains, which all point to my main page on Wordpress.com and I've had no issues in doing this. My domains are registered using Namecheap.

While I don't mind using the rich text editor I know there is also a way to compose using a standard editor with HTML code. These two editors can be changed by selecting the appropriate radio button on the composer screen.

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 2/7/2019 6:19 PM, Hope Williamson wrote:
The only thing I dislike about wordpress.com is that it makes you use the rich text editor. Oh that and they charge for domains, even if they're already registered. In other words, they charge a fee for you to point the domain there. They also charge you if you want to use plugins, or change your theme using HTML in any way.
    I'd stick with the hosted site. That way you can install any plugins and/or custom tweaks you want without paying extra, other than your yearly hosting fee of course.




Richard B. McDonald
 

Hi Hope!

Thanks for your below. This is very helpful. It sounds like, in the end, using a hosted site might be cheaper than wordpress.com. And, I understand you to be saying that there is not really a difference as regards accessibility between wordpress.com versus word press on a hosted site, right? Importantly, in your below you say that wordpress.com makes you use the "rich text editor." Is that different than the "classic editor?" I am brand new to wordpress, but I have read that accessibility is much better with the classic editor. Finally, I understand that you are saying that on a hosted site I *could* use the classic editor, right?

Many thanks,
Richard

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Hope Williamson
Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2019 3:19 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Accessibility of wordpress.com Versus Wordpress on a Hosted Site

The only thing I dislike about wordpress.com is that it makes you use the rich text editor. Oh that and they charge for domains, even if they're already registered. In other words, they charge a fee for you to point the domain there. They also charge you if you want to use plugins, or change your theme using HTML in any way.
I'd stick with the hosted site. That way you can install any plugins and/or custom tweaks you want without paying extra, other than your yearly hosting fee of course.


Steve Nutt
 

Hi Richard,

 

I wouldn’t go wordpress.com, you have to pay for all kinds of add-ons.  Like if you want to install plugins, then you have to upgrade to the business package to do it.  Self-hosted and you can whack any plugin into your Wordpress installation.

 

All the best


Steve

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard B. McDonald
Sent: 07 February 2019 20:49
To: jfw@groups.io
Subject: Accessibility of wordpress.com Versus Wordpress on a Hosted Site

 

Hi!

 

I am wondering about the level of accessibility of 1) putting up a blog on wordpress.com directly versus 2) having Wordpress installed onto a hosted site and blogging their?  To illustrate this difference, in the first case, the URL would be something like “myblog.wordpress.com.”  In the second case, the URL would be something like “myblog.com.”  That URL difference does not, per say, have anything to do with the accessibility of the website as far as using Wordpress to blog.  It just illustrates the difference between the two approaches.  On the one hand, going directly to wordpress.com is free whereas the hosted site would involve some minor fees; but that is not critical here.  The hosted site (e.g., bluehost.com) is professionally managed, is itself decently accessible and has great customer service.  And, the hosted site has “one click” installation of Wordpress scripts and also keeps that installation constantly up to date.  I do like the simplicity of having a clean URL like myblog.com as I would have with the hosted site, though.  So, the central question here is if there is much of an accessibility difference between these two different approaches?

 

Thanks,

Richard


Steve Nutt
 

Hi,

I believe you can install the Classic Editor plugin to a wordpress.com site, but you are still limited to what plugins you can install, so for the most part, I'd agree with you.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Hope Williamson
Sent: 07 February 2019 23:19
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Accessibility of wordpress.com Versus Wordpress on a Hosted Site

The only thing I dislike about wordpress.com is that it makes you use the rich text editor. Oh that and they charge for domains, even if they're already registered. In other words, they charge a fee for you to point the domain there. They also charge you if you want to use plugins, or change your theme using HTML in any way.
I'd stick with the hosted site. That way you can install any plugins and/or custom tweaks you want without paying extra, other than your yearly hosting fee of course.


Steve Nutt
 

Hi,

 

The other way you can do that on pages, is to change from Visual to Text.

 

All the best


Steve

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of David Goldfield
Sent: 08 February 2019 02:05
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Accessibility of wordpress.com Versus Wordpress on a Hosted Site

 

Hi.

In my experience with Wordpress.com, which is what I use to compose and publish my Web site, I have not been charged any fees for pointing my domains to a Wordpress.com page. I actually own three domains, which all point to my main page on Wordpress.com and I've had no issues in doing this. My domains are registered using Namecheap.

While I don't mind using the rich text editor I know there is also a way to compose using a standard editor with HTML code. These two editors can be changed by selecting the appropriate radio button on the composer screen.

David Goldfield, Assistive Technology Specialist WWW.David-Goldfield.Com

On 2/7/2019 6:19 PM, Hope Williamson wrote:

The only thing I dislike about wordpress.com is that it makes you use the rich text editor. Oh that and they charge for domains, even if they're already registered. In other words, they charge a fee for you to point the domain there. They also charge you if you want to use plugins, or change your theme using HTML in any way.
    I'd stick with the hosted site. That way you can install any plugins and/or custom tweaks you want without paying extra, other than your yearly hosting fee of course.
 
 
 


Hope Williamson <ladyhope@...>
 

Yeah you can change that for the particular post you're writing, but it seems to be a temporary setting. Whereas on my hosted WP site I set that setting one time and it keeps it.


Steve Nutt
 

Oh sorry, I didn't realise it was only temporary. Bummer. But they'll have to do something now, since the new editor is not very accessible at this point.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Hope Williamson
Sent: 08 February 2019 20:54
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Accessibility of wordpress.com Versus Wordpress on a Hosted Site

Yeah you can change that for the particular post you're writing, but it seems to be a temporary setting. Whereas on my hosted WP site I set that setting one time and it keeps it.


Suratim
 

hello,
does anyone have experience accessibility with elementor plugin page
builder on wordpress self-hosted?
please let me know if you guys have tips and trik regarding
accessibility at elementor plugin page builder on wordpress
self-hosted

regards,
Suratim

On 2/8/19, Richard B. McDonald <richardbmcdonald@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi!



I am wondering about the level of accessibility of 1) putting up a blog on
wordpress.com directly versus 2) having Wordpress installed onto a hosted
site and blogging their? To illustrate this difference, in the first case,
the URL would be something like "myblog.wordpress.com." In the second
case,
the URL would be something like "myblog.com." That URL difference does
not,
per say, have anything to do with the accessibility of the website as far
as
using Wordpress to blog. It just illustrates the difference between the
two
approaches. On the one hand, going directly to wordpress.com is free
whereas the hosted site would involve some minor fees; but that is not
critical here. The hosted site (e.g., bluehost.com) is professionally
managed, is itself decently accessible and has great customer service.
And,
the hosted site has "one click" installation of Wordpress scripts and also
keeps that installation constantly up to date. I do like the simplicity of
having a clean URL like myblog.com as I would have with the hosted site,
though. So, the central question here is if there is much of an
accessibility difference between these two different approaches?



Thanks,

Richard




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