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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'?
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.
If really just want a web log, then of course you can use anything and just keep appending or prepending text.
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. :)
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.
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?
Do Blogger blogs get hacked upside down every other day?
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.
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!