Maybe you've noticed, but things on this blog look a little differently than they used to. Recently we decided to switch to using the WordPress blogging platform here on our website. I wanted to take a couple of moments and outline five reasons why we switched and hopefully give you some insight into your own blogging platform. While I consider myself a huge WordPress fan my goal isn't to get you to switch, but to show you the mental process we used which might cause you to think you through your's as well.
1. Updates - One of the biggest problems we had with our previous blogging platform, dotnetblogengine.net, was the lack and ease of updates. Most of the updates that we wanted to and needed to accomplish were just too cumbersome to do on a regular basis. On top of that this system required one of our developers to spend his time internally to fixing and propping up our blog, which isn't the best for business.
2. SPAM - This kind of goes hand-in-hand with reason number one, but we needed a way to counter the onslaught of comment SPAM we were receiving. On any given day we would get around 150-200 SPAM comments. Unfortunately we couldn't get Askimet, a popular comment SPAM filtering add-on wasn't working with our old version of our platform. Needless to say after one day on WordPress with Askimet turned on - No SPAM!
3. Open-Source - WordPress is an Open-Source platform, our previous platform was closed and therefore only a handful of developers touched the code on a regular basis. WordPress has a army of volunteers who love the platform and give time, energy and resources to make it better. In fact every WordPress user has the ability to effect the code if they wish.
4. User-Centric - We wanted to create a blog in which it was easy for our employees to log-in and create their own content. WordPress uses TinyMCE as its editor, and this editor everyone has seen from time-to-time on the web. This make WordPress a great choice to make content easier to produce.
5. Multi-Site Blogging - We have decided to create alternative blogs to this one. We will announce one of those soon. The content on that particular blog just wouldn't fit well on this one, so we felt as though an additional blog was needed. WordPress has the ability to create a network of blogs, so from one blog install you can create several instances of wordpress. I know that's a mouthful, but what it does is takes less room on our servers allows authors to log-into one location instead of several.
We strive to help businesses by making technology work, and in many cases we have to ask ourselves the same questions we ask our clients. We are really excited about our new blog and wanted to share it with you.
What blogging platform do you use? Why do you like it or not like it?