After a brief stint using wordpress.com, I’ve once again moved my blog back to my own hosting. I stopped using my own install of wordpress because of the fairly constant security vulnerability upgrades and extremely painful upgrade process.
WordPress Version 2.7, released Dec. 11th, 2008, promises an integrated upgrade process:
We heard how tired you were of doing upgrades for yourself and your friends, so now WordPress includes a built-in upgrade that will automatically notify you of new releases, and when you’re ready it will download them, install them, and upgrade your blog with a single click. [WordPress.org]
My preference would actually be to have a WordPress-mu install to host a number of different blogs me and Ainsley have, with the same one-click upgrade option, but mu has yet to be updated to reflect the wordpres 2.7 changes. Furthermore, the whole wordpress-mu project feels like a hack upon an hack, despite the fact that it’s the engine powering WordPress.com.
I may get around to retheming at some point, but for now the inove theme suits me fine enough.