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I currently have a Blogspot blog and I'm thinking of making the leap to a self-hosted WordPress one instead. Everything I've seems to suggest this is the best way to go for the best possible experience, but main concern is customizability.

I've messed around with a few Blogspot blogs and I know that you're given pretty much full access in terms of changing the look of your blog. I can get in there pretty "deep" and do whatever I like.

When I've read about WordPress, though, a lot of people complain about the lack of customization. Is this true? Are they getting confused with the non-self-hosted version? Just how much visual customization will I get in a self-hosted WP blog? I'd really like to know that I have full control over how things look before I take the plunge!

Thanks a for any help.

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The front-end customization options in self-hosted WordPress are absolute. You can edit whatever you want in PHP/HTML templates and CSS style sheets.

While WordPress comes with single theme ("Twenty Ten" at moment) the availability of third party free and paid themes for it is huge.

See:

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"a lot of people seem to say that you only get access to the CSS once you've paid."

I think you're confusing WordPress.com with self-hosted WordPress. WordPress.com is a blog service similar in concept to Blogger. Self-hosted WordPress is a different beast entirely, and you have full access to the code running your blog.

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