WordPress.com just announced an old feature that most of its longtime users should have known already. It’s the so-called “Custom CSS” thing (you can read it here). “Infinite Theme Styles with Custom CSS”? My ass! Google doesn’t charge Blogger (Blogspot.com) users any cent for offering complete theme customization, yet WordPress.com, however, make this ‘tiny’ feature available only as a paid upgrade? I said it’s ‘tiny’ because it doesn’t involve any uploads that might be a better reason for them to charge people. They could have just offer stuff like that absolutely free!
Seriously I think WordPress.com should learn more from Google. No, I’m not saying Google’s Blogger platform is better where in fact WordPress.com do offer more features but definitely there are a few things WordPress.com should learn from the Blogger platform. First, like what I’ve said above, they should not charge users for little thing as simple as customizing the theme. Seriously why make users pay when they are actually make your place looks more beautiful? Even if it’s free bot users and you will benefit from the freedom.
Second, domain name mapping also requires a user to pay for such feature, where in Google’s Blogger, again, the custom domain mapping comes free of all costs. While it’s nearly impossible to scientifically say that this feature is more advanced than customizing CSS, it’s still a very simple thing that doesn’t require you to have a hi-school diploma to use it. It may be cheap but it’s still expensive if we consider that it’s not doing much other than redirecting your blog from a 3rd party host to your own domain without worrying too much about getting a dedicated host.
The third one is you can only add up to 35 authors per blog. 35 might be overkill for most people but I’m expecting it to be at least half of what the Blogger platform is offering, which is up to 100 authors. It’s true that I as the author of this article don’t use such feature (as well as other two features mentioned above) but it doesn’t mean my points are unjustified. I think for a blogfarm like this, WordPress.com should at least have the “follow” feature in order to compensate this, just like the Google’s Blogger has (though this can be added via Google widget).
Seriously WordPress.com is just charging its users too much, well not in terms of the amount we need to pay for upgrades but the numbers of upgrades that we need to pay for. They already charging people for getting larger hosting space as part of their premium features, not to mention their VIP hosting too (the rest of WordPress.com premium features are available here) so why must they be greedy to charge users for almost half of the features. Maybe there are people who think I should not complain too much since I’m using the service right now. I’d say it’s lame. It’s because I’m the user that I have the right to complain. Think again.
I know business thing is a business thing and there are things that can’t be offered for free, but the point is, if there are people who can offer them for free, why can’t us? If it’s me I’d rather not say selfish things like “If you don’t like it then go elsewhere” or “it’s our way or the high way”. As far as I know all WordPress.com users are given 1GB storage for media. My idea is, if it’s too much to offer the above free for all users I’d prefer them to cut the storage capacity into half and make the above features free. Besides it’s not like we can’t do hotlinking to images or other multimedia content.
- Infinite Theme Styles with Custom CSS – WordPress.com (en.blog.wordpress.com)