My post Why I Hate WordPress 2.5, about the newly released version, touched a nerve. If I’m not mistaken, there were more people that disagreed with me than agreed, though most disagreers seemed to admit they were not power users. (Am I mistaken?). One person, whose very short comment was deleted, signed themselves “Fah Q”. (Pronounce it quietly, in case you’re at work.)
Obviously, some people took exception to my views, but I’d like to point out a few things: (1) The post wasn’t called “Why WordPress Sucks”; (2) I’m entitled to my opinion, and I did invite others to respond; (3) I still love WordPress. In fact, here are some of the reasons why I love WordPress, and will continue to love it over any other CMS/ blog platform:
- It’s open source.
- There is a lot of online documentation at the WordPress Codex.
- There is community support through the WordPress forums.
- There is additional peer support, thanks to all the bloggers who write tutorials. What other platform have you seen dozens of blogs spring up around? Maybe I haven’t looked for it, but in four calendar years, I haven’t stumbled across any slice of the blogosphere as dedicated to another platform.
- WP is flexible and its use goes beyond just blogs, as per 48 Ways to Use WordPress.
- You can implement advanced features, particularly via Custom Fields.
- There is a plugin architecture and lots of third-party free and paid plugins. You can learn a great deal about creating your own plugins by studying what’s out there. This is a fast-track method over spending months poring over documentation.
- There are literally hundreds (thousands?) of free themes. There are also many premium professional themes (some free), that make your site look like a magazine rather than a blog.
- There seem to be far more designers online who can build a custom WP theme for you.
- WP has true future-dating in the timestamp. (Though possibly not in V2.5, as I had difficulty with this version.)
- Overall, WP has an architecture that you can very easily contribute to, learn from, and even making a living from, all the while enjoying warm community support.
Sure, other platforms have many of these features/ factors, but collectively, WordPress seems to be the only one that has them all. That’s why I picked WP and spent the last three years learning how to customize installations, and writing about some of my findings. (I’ve been posting numerous “WordPress Hacks” tips here at Performancing and will continue to do so. I’ll also be releasing some research-supporting WP themes.)
So do you use WordPress (self-hosted), and if so, what made you choose WP over other blog platforms? If you have a love for something other than WP, what is it, and why do you think your choice is better than WP?