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Blogger's Remorse: Do I really want this WordPress software?
old_expat

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 6:11 am on Feb 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've neen putting off starting a blog for over a year. I'm pretty sure that it will be read, and probably generate a bit of Adsense $. I read all about Wordpress and perused the plugins.

So then I bit the bullet and installed it. Things went pretty smooth until it cam plugin time. In the process of activating plugins I lost access to the plugin page. It's there .. but all I get is a 404. Okay, I went to the WP forum and posted the problem.

But that got me to thinking. First off, that thing is a monster compared to the my standard svelt sites .. megabites of disk space! And a mySQL database.

So have I made a mistake? I think I can figure out how to get the syndication stuff going.

Although I installed 2.3.3, I'm also concerned about exploits.

Should I just do a 'website' that looks like a 'blog'?

 

vincevincevince

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 7:03 am on Feb 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

Personally I suggest that you use one of the services which, although being offsite, uploads pages to your server via FTP with each post. I think blogger.com does that, and if I remember, it does it pretty well.

That way you gain a lot in security, without becoming much harder to update.

old_expat

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 12:19 pm on Feb 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

I had/have a nightmare with blogger. I started one blog, but when I go back to it, everything on the admin panel is in Thai .. no english at all. And I can't read Thai. I'm in Thailand, but the blog is in english.

bill

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 7:13 am on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

A quick search for Blogger language setting [google.com] seems to have a few solutions for you.

old_expat

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 10:40 pm on Feb 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Bill, thanks .. was finally able to delete the blog .. all 1 page of it. :)

Your advice probably lowered my BP by 10 points. ;)

Basically, I've decided to go more of a narrative journal route .. so much simpler for what I want to do.

snsetd

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 1:38 pm on Apr 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is it not possible to design and manage a blog using DreamWeaver? This is a serious question. I am new to blog design and have just purchased DW CS3, hoping that I can learn it and drop WordPress.

reprint

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 1:53 am on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

It is probably possible to use any tool to create and manage a blog but whats wrong with WP? Better yet, what is it you are looking for? Write out a list of criteria and then find the best solution.

I havent seen any security issue with WP but then i keep it up to date and the plugins up to date. The new version 2.5 makes that even easier.

ergophobe

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 5:40 pm on Apr 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

The WebmasterWorld blog [webmasterworld.com] is maintained with Notepad or the like. The problem with a non-dynamic site is that you can't have comments and you may have quite a headache keeping your navigation up to date.

If really just want a web log, then of course you can use anything and just keep appending or prepending text.

snsetd

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 1:11 am on Apr 10, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the insight. I am grateful to have found this site. I can see that I just need to keep learning and reading...and keep my hands off the throttle until I figure out how to drive.

anallawalla

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 12:38 pm on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

old_expat, Your experience sounds so different to mine. I have cPanel/Fantastico, so I install WP sites at the click of a button. I don't have to wonder how many MB or MySQL DBs it consumes. It just works. Add plug-ins via ftp and they all work. Syndication is built-in, so you don't need to worry about it, unless you want to add more syndication services. Maybe all you need is to find a cPanel/Fantastico web host and then worry about writing content, not the platform.

OddDog

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 6:44 pm on Apr 16, 2008 (gmt 0)

old-pat sounds to me as if you had a problem with the modrewrite....

old_expat

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 7:25 am on Apr 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

old_expat, Your experience sounds so different to mine. I have cPanel/Fantastico, so I install WP sites at the click of a button. I don't have to wonder how many MB or MySQL DBs it consumes. It just works. Add plug-ins via ftp and they all work. Syndication is built-in, so you don't need to worry about it, unless you want to add more syndication services. Maybe all you need is to find a cPanel/Fantastico web host and then worry about writing content, not the platform.

I gave up on CPanel about 6 months ago. It's too automatic for my taste and requires too much of the RAM on my VPS. And it was party to one of the <iframe exploits that was going around about 8 months ago.

I found a very good (HSphere) host that charges a very reasonable fee and offers me more help than I accept.

@odddog - you could be right. :)

jimh009

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 7:43 am on Apr 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

WordPress is a superb platform, in my opinion, compared to other solutions.

I have no complaints about blogspot, it's fine for a basic blog, especially if you don't need your own domain.

But wordpress is soooooooooo flexible. If you take the time to figure out how to customize it, which is surprisingly easy, you can do most anything with it...from making it a CMS platform to simple blog and everything in-between.

The new wordpress 2.5.1 is especially nice, as it removes the need, at least for me, for a number of plugins I was using. And the fewer plug-ins you have to use...the better.

old_expat

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 12:40 am on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

It's just that waaaaay to often I see a headline about a major exploit of WordPress.

ergophobe

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 4:58 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

>> It's just that waaaaay to often I see a headline about a major exploit of WordPress.

You might check out this thread:
[webmasterworld.com...]

But before making any decision, wait for IncrediBILL to weigh in (I think this is called 'comment baiting' ;-)

incrediBILL

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 5:15 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

Comment baiting indeed...

You have to ask just one question:

"Will I check the WordPress site daily for the latest vulnerability updates for WordPress and all it's plug-ins and install patches the minute they are released?"

If the answer is no, use Blogger instead!

Even if the answer is yes, use Blogger instead because the hackers will already hacking WordPress sites long before the vulnerability is fixed.

Most people aren't aware that Blogger will publish to your own domain on your own server so you don't have to use the blogspot address.

Does Blogger have all those cool plug-ins?

Nope.

Do Blogger blogs get hacked upside down every other day?

Nope.

Actually, I'm not a Blogger supporter, not my favorite software by any means, it's just that it's a hosted service and all the hacking problems and issues are THEIRS and not mine. Therefore, using that logic, any 3rd party hosted blogging solution will probably fare better than most of the OpenSource hack-o-matic blog software out there.

My $0.02

Write_2_Plz

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 9:47 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

I work with C-panel and fantastico as well and LOVE wordpress! I've been using it for my blog for 3 years and have recently built a new site using wp as a content management system -- a little tougher, but still simple and easy to update!

It indexes well, its flexible, and the plug-ins are nice.

I'm actually in the process of converting my other site, which was built in frontpage, to a wordpress site!

incrediBILL

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Msg#: 3577593 posted 11:28 pm on May 5, 2008 (gmt 0)

built in frontpage, to a wordpress site!

Out of the frying pan, into the fire.

Never had a frontpage site hacked but the only WordPress site I ever ran was constantly being probed for vulnerabilities.

Don't shoot the messenger ;)

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