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I made a small website to catalogue games I've used in my ESL classes (teachingwhimsy.wordpress.com). I wanted to sort the games with custom taxonomies, a.k.a. groups of tags, but it turns out those are only available on WordPress.org, which requires you pay for hosting. WordPress.com gives you categories and tags; if you want more than those two groups, you're out of luck. (I've resorted to manually listing tags and categories in the sidebar, but it's hard to redesign if I change my mind.) Filtering by multiple tags is not possible.

I hope to be moving on from English teaching and will probably stop adding to the site in about a year, but I still want it to be useful - hence the requirement for a free package that'll stand on its own when I've stopped adding to the page.

Are there any WordPress.com alternatives that let you have groups of tags?

Essential:

  • custom tag groups (e.g. "esl level tags", "group size tags", "topic tags" …)
  • free, or small one-time fee
  • ready-made themes, as otherwise I'll waste time faffing around with design

Optional but would make me happy:

  • filter by multiple tags (e.g. show all posts tagged with "grammar" and "small group")

I don't need:

  • my own domain
  • a lot of space
  • an ad-free website

I've considered

  • Wordpress.com (current site)

    Pros: elegant, idiot-friendly, allows tag editing
    Cons: tagging is troublesome, idiot-friendly

  • Wordpress.org

    Pros: very flexible, many excellent plugins to help with tags
    Cons: need to pay for hosting

  • Dreamwidth / Blogger

    Pros: tag list instead of tag clouds
    (can sort tags by prefacing with a category, e.g. "cat: grammar" or "p: 2+")
    Cons: really outdated design

  • Tumblr

    Pros: plenty of themes, can customise CSS at my leisure, multiple tag search
    Cons: rudimentary tagging, search function is iffy

  • Wix (still looking)

    Pros: ???
    Cons: ???

  • I’m confused that you list "Wordpress.org" as a solution that you have considered. -- Does this mean a self-hosted solution (i.e., you have to choose and possibly pay a hoster) is fine? – unor Oct 23 '16 at 23:14
  • No, I really don't want to pay for hosting. But I spent so long looking through WP.org that it seemed a shame not to mention it. – Notiophilus Oct 24 '16 at 0:05

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