Politics

WordPress Joins the Censorship Game

It is becoming increasingly taboo to offer any sort of criticism of Islam. Of course, hateful anti-Christian sites are evidently totally okay, but not sites critical of Islam.

I was browsing Milo’s Telegram channel when I saw the following article:

The next stage in tech overlords’ censorship: De-platforming un-PC blogs

It’s no longer just Facebook, Twitter, and Google who are censoring online content that offends political correctness. WordPress.com, a blog-hosting site that offers anyone the opportunity to create and publish a blog at no cost, has decided to de-platform – in other words, kill – a blog that has been operating for 15 years: Creeping Sharia.

You should read the article, as it will outline the difference between what is offered by WordPress.org and WordPress.com.

Simply put, the WordPress software is open-source. You can download it from WordPress.org and install it on a web server. WordPress.com is a host that uses the software and offers free domain names with their hosting packages.

Anyone that creates a free blog on WordPress.com usually gets an address like http://yourname.wordpress.com. The site Creeping Sharia evidently had their free package, and because they told the truth about Islam, their site had to go. Chateau Heartiste was another site hosted on WordPress.com, and got nuked because feminazis didn’t like it.

Exporting Your Blog

If you are like me and use the software with your webhost, you should be fine as long as your host is fine. I (stupidly) use GoDaddy and so far there haven’t been any issues, but that could change.

If you use the free plan, you can’t install plug-ins, which sucks. What you need to do then is export your blog to another service or host. Read the support article below to see how to export your blog.

Export

You can use the Export tool to back up all of your content or move your content to a new WordPress.com site or to a new self-hosted WordPress site. Manual Export or Guided Transfer? Free, self-directed exports are ideal for people who merely want to save a copy of their content, or who are comfortable migrating to other hosts without help.

This isn’t exactly an elegant solution, unless you just want to move your blog somewhere else, which I recommend you do. I wouldn’t even bother with WordPress.com’s paid packages at this point. They’re obviously asshole leftists who have no problem censoring their users, so screw them. Otherwise, if you do this you’ll have to export your blog every time you make a new post. That sounds like a pain in the ass.

Then you’ll need to import your content into another blog service. The other biggest blog host is Google’s Blogger, which I also do not recommend, for obvious reasons. You can go for a free service, or you can go for paid hosting, which may include a domain name.

Finding A Host

Epik.com offers domain names and hosting packages. They’re also friendly to us deplorables, as they’re the hosts for Gab. They might be pricier than others, but you won’t have to worry about some dillweed whiner asshole mass flagging your site or whatever.

Here’s a PCmag article on the best web hosts for 2019:

The Best Web Hosting Services for 2019

Even more so than paying their taxes, there’s one thing that businesses must do: have a website. In this always connected world, even local brick-and-mortar businesses need to be discoverable via the web. A company needs a page with a location and business hours, and, in some cases, ecommerce pages for selling products.

It has a table with various features and a link to their review of each service. I’d pay special attention to whether or not the host offers easy WordPress installation. Migrating your site to another WordPress site will be far easier for most tech newbies. Squarespace is also a good choice for people who aren’t tech-savvy, as they make it easy to set up a site that does include blogs.

Not everyone can or wants to pay for a site, so you can always try a free blog service instead. I’ve personally used LiveJournal and EasyJournal (of which is defunct, I guess). There’s also Tumblr (I’ve used this as well), although it’s still chock-full of idiot feminazis and other leftists. Don’t bother with Medium – they’re even worse than WordPress. Robert Stacy McCain had a fantastic blog there, and it was deleted because he hurt some feminazi’s feefees. There’s also Webs, which makes it easy to design a site, and you can create a blog there too. There’s Weebly, but they’re affiliated with Square (I think that’s in regards to their eCommerce features), so that might be iffy, since Square has already discriminated against conservatives. Then there’s Wix.

I got really nostalgic earlier today and wrote a long post about the Internet back in the late ‘90s. Back then I built sites at Geocities, Tripod and Angelfire. Geocities is obviously gone (thanks Yahoo) but Tripod and Angelfire are still online. Bravenet is another one I used back in the day, and they’re still operating too.

This post also has some excellent suggestions:

The best free blogging sites

Using a free blogging platform makes having your own corner of the world wide web easier than you might think. Sure there’s the extended character count on Twitter to share your opinion, but these days people have a lot more to say, which is where which is where free blogging platforms come in very handy.

You’ll have to choose whichever will allow you to import your old WordPress blog, however. This’ll require some reading.

Choosing the Right One

Whichever one you choose, you’ve got to have the following features:

  • Ability to export content
  • Ability to back up content
  • Comment moderation
  • Enough space for media
  • Enough bandwidth for media

The first two are really important, in case you end up dealing with another mass-flagging campaign from some disgruntled leftist.

WordPress Plug-Ins

If you choose to go with a self-hosted WordPress site, there’s a couple of plug-ins that you might find useful and helpful. I use Updraft Plus to back up my blogs. There’s a free version and a paid version – the free version is good enough for most people. You will also need a place to send your backups – you can have them sent to a server of your choice, sent to you via email or sent to a third-party cloud service. I used to use Dropbox, but now I use Google Drive (ugh, I know). I think you can also use OneDrive.

I use JetPack to view statistics on my blog and to enable posting from the WordPress apps (and third-party apps like iAWriter). JetPack is by Auttomatic, the same people that own WordPress.com, and you might feel a bit iffy about using it. If so, you’ll probably have to use your blog’s dashboard to make posts, which isn’t that bad…just a little inconvenient. Akismet Anti-Spam keeps your comment sections from getting flooded with spam. Classic Editor replaces the new Guttenberg editor with the original one, as some people don’t like the new one. The WordPress Importer will make it easier for you to import your old blog entries.

One More Tip

I’ve gotten into the habit of using third-party apps to write my entries. I use iAWriter on my MacBook to compose blog posts, and then export it to my WordPress blog as a draft. You will usually have to have the JetPack plug-in installed to use third-party apps to publish your entries. Apps like Desk will work without it, but you have to make some tweaks to your WordPress installation.

I managed to make it work on my Dell desktop by installing iCloud (to get access to the iAWriter folder), then by installing a Markdown app.

I had to mention this because once you do this, you’ll have copies of your entries on your computer…it might not be as well organized as an actual blog, but you’ll at least have copies of your content on your computer or on your cloud sync service.

Conclusion

This is absolutely not surprising to me. I’ve basically been waiting for something like this to happen, and I am so grateful I have a self-hosted WordPress blog. It is absolutely worth the money. I could say something about ‘you get what you pay for’ but even paying customers are being discriminated against in some cases. Even so, it’s better to just pay for hosting and a domain name, as these packages usually come with features that allow you to back up or migrate your content.

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