wordpress.com IS BLOCKED IN CHINA
wordpress.org is a slightly different animal. This is where you can get under the bonnet of WordPress. Using this version you can install WordPress on any appropriate server. In addition you can add features, personally backup your site and customise it to your needs. You can turn this version of WordPress into almost any kind of site you like.
wordpress.org IS NOT BLOCKED IN CHINA
However, there are a few little points that need to be acknowledged when considering using wordpress.org in China.
Download and Install Page Specific Menu
Register Website with Baidu
Which server I should use?
If you are using WordPress in China, you can also put your server outside China. This way you can set up a basic website pretty quickly and not have to concern yourself with any PRC politics of any nature.
But won’t my site be blocked if it’s outside the great firewall? Maybe. Some hosting companies are blocked by the firewall, and some are not. If you want to read our advice on where to place your server + deal with some of the issues with setting up WordPress in China check out our recent article. We’re not publishing a list of China safe servers as this information can change regularly. If you’re interested in setting up a WordPress site for use inside the PRC then probably the best thing to do is drop us an e-mail when you’re ready and we can give you an up to date guide.
Choose a Chinese hosting Service
Developing a website for the Chinese market takes more than just building it, it takes hosting your website on a Chinese server. Using a hosting service outside of China can make your website run slowly and get it blocked by the Great Firewall of China. You might be thinking that hosting a website on a Chinese server is difficult if not impossible. Luckily, Bluehost now has a sister site called Bluehost China that offers internet hosting services in China. While the Bluehost China landing page is in Chinese, the control panel is in English (It is basically the same backend you would find on the American version of Bluehost). Also, Bluehost China offers English customer service. With that said, you should still have someone who speaks Chinese to help you set up your Bluehost China account (or you can read my upcoming post on building a website on Bluehost China).
How Do I Check What Is Blocked In China?
If You Are Currently Oustide China and you want to know if any specific website is blocked, then use www.blockedinchina.net . This won’t be able to tell you if a particular service provider is blocked, but you may be able to use it to give you an indication of which site you can’t access from within the PRC.
If you are interested to know more about the details of China’s internet restrictions, then the most comprehensive source of information greatfire.org