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Why WordPress?

May - 21 - 2009
Nicole C. Engard

I taught a class earlier this week where I told the participants that we were going to use WordPress to create a website. One question I got way why WordPress over Blogger? My answer was personal preference – but now I have some really great reasons for why WordPress over Blogger.

If you’re using a blogging package to create your entire website – then you can’t use Blogger because Blogger doesn’t have the ability to add pages. Blogger is purely for blogging and nothing else. WordPress on the other hand has a lot of CMS functionality and can easily be used to create a website around a blog.

The other reason I like WordPress is because you can switch from a hosted version to a version on your own server with minimal effort.

And the last and most important reason … WordPress is open source!!

I have just one problem with the WordPress.com site – I wanted to use it in my class where we were creating websites with mashups – and we couldn’t use JavaScript :( I understand the reasoning and appreciate that the people at WordPress are just trying to keep their sites secure, but it means that I had to use Blogger in my class and we couldn’t create a website – but just a blog with a bunch of posts by the attendees with snippets of JS from various sites we used to create our mashups.

Overall, I’m still recommending WordPress to students in my classes – and to everyone I talk to – but I have to find a viable alternative for my hands-on mashups class.

8 Responses so far.

  1. David Bigwood says:

    Maybe PBWorks, once PBWiki. I think you can use JavaScript. You can’t run it on your own site. not open source, but they do have both free and paid options. Looks pretty simple, I’ve been meaning to play with it a bit.

  2. I am actually moving both of my blogs on to WordPress(self hosted, though) and I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner. Blogger is limited and I hate that!

    Good post, and I agree about telling people to use WordPress over Blogger.

  3. pollyalida says:

    I’ve been using WordPress for this same kind of workshop and for the same reasons. But I ended up installing WPMU on my own server and using that for the classes. And since I can trust the folks in the classes (I hope!), I turned on the javascript option so they can get a sense of what they could do if they get their own hosted server. I also really like the flexibility of choosing my own themes and plugins.

    That said, I’ve created some websites on wordpress.com for organizations that couldn’t host their own installation. They’re not as customized as I’d like them to be, but they meet those clients needs.

  4. pollyalida says:

    p.s. Would love to take your mashup class! Sounds like fun.

  5. Nicole says:

    Polly, I love that idea!! I’m going to see if I can get that set up on my server.

    As for my class – I’m giving it in lecture form at a few conferences around the country throughout the year – so maybe you’ll get to see it.

  6. pollyalida says:

    Will you be doing this at Internet Librarian this fall? I’m doing a workshop, so will definitely be there. :-) Let me know how you make out with the WP MU idea.

  7. Nicole says:

    I will be there, talking about mashups and signing the book!! See my calendar or presentations list.

  8. Many thanks for sharing. Big wordpress fan myself!


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