11 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. I’ve found that site generators are two of: easy to use, cheap/free, reliable.
    Possibly the best combination is to put WordPress with W3 Total Cache on OpenShift, pointed to a CDN like CloudFlare or CloudFront.
    But, I’m currently using Pelican:http://getpelican.org which is crazy geeky and only sort-of works for me.
    I’ll throw together a POC of that middle option this weekend, if I end up with time to kill. If you don’t get an email from me about it, I’m too busy hiding in a bottle.

  2. WordPress. But I’m not a heavy blogger, so don’t know how it would stand up under major use or pressure. On the other hand, Jonathan Turley uses it, and I haven’t noted any major DNS problems with his blog. I’m still trying to figure out what those folks from Ukraine, the Russian Federation, Egypt and Brazil make of my blog on local northern Illinois history…

  3. I used Movable Type for nine years and switched to WordPress three years ago. WP has a lot more bells and whistles and its templates/themes are easy to add to, unlike MT. But I really left MT mostly because I hadn’t upgraded for a long time and the process looked like it would be really arduous. If I was going to have to work at it to get more nice stuff I figured I’d go to WP for the ease of use.

  4. WP for ease of use. Even I, if you can believe it, have been able to manage WordPress.

  5. WordPress.com is pretty awesome for being a free thing and very user friendly.
    I moved to wordpress hosted by bluehost with some performance assistance from Hyper Cache [and some other stuff] basically because I became concerned about host control after learning some stories [now foggy in my memory banks] of political enemies ganging up on them and getting free hosts to remove/block content.
    Bluehost is user friendly and has reasonable tech help (as far as I can tell) but their cheapest host plan was crap (I had “database unavailable” issues) and I had to bump it up a notch. Service interruptions are now a non-issue. But truth be told, traffic is also quieter in post-recall times and I’m no longer so nice to the Dem Party every day which probably turns away the loyals.

  6. I’m sure everybody here knows this, but just to note that wordpress.COM is run by WordPress so most things are taken care of for you, but there are very few options. WordPress.ORG involves hosting and installing your own wordpress site, so you can customize at will, but you also have to have plugins in place (Akismet) to deal with spam etc.
    It’s dead easy to install and lots of people have multiuser WP sites, but I know that in years past multi-user sites with lots of traffic have sometimes had issues with WP. Don’t know if there are still any problems. Haven’t seen complaints recently.
    I believe there are good migration tools to go from Typepad to WP, but haven’t used them myself so I can’t speak from experience.
    Blogger is a kludged mess of scotch tape and baling wire from a coding perspective. I’d advise staying away from it even if you’re a single-user low traffic site.

  7. I have two sites under one domain in WordPress (.org, each hosted by Hosting Matters, whose work is exemplary). One site gets no comments at all, but it gets read. My commenters all add their remarks to the Facebook status I post the blog link in. The other site is a baseball blog which gets a fair number of comments during games. Nothing like the big guys and their 500 – 1000 comments, but there’s a small group which has been frequenting the same site for years, and when it went on hiatus I started this one. Anyway, I’ve had no trouble with the multi-user aspects.

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