I started out building websites back in about 1998 I guess, with Microsoft Publisher, and although things have changed a lot since those days I still find the process of building a website interesting and exciting. I almost never open Microsoft Publsiher anymore unless it is to make a tag for my wifes scrapbooking projects and I now have settled on WordPress.
The move from just static sites to blogs took a while but a few years ago I started a couple of blogger blogs and then moved up to my own Movable Type installation and now I have transferred almost everything to WordPress. WordPress to me is fantastic because the software gives me options that would take years for me to develop myself.
You don’t believe me? Well here is a list of why WordPress is king:
1. Easy to install – I have installed WordPress a few times and all I need is hosting, a MySQL database (included with my hosting) FTP access and a web browser to do the click click click thing. No problems and it works all the time as long as the host is stable.
2. Lots of themes – No matter what kind of look that you want for your site, someone has created that look as a wordpress theme, just download, unzip, upload and select
3. Lots of plugins – There are plugins for everything from autoblogging to RSS and tagging and I am finding more and more useful WordPress plugins everyday. I search Google and find what I need.
4. Consistency and process flow – If I find a new extension or a new SEO method that I can use or even a new theme (as I did with Manidog that i use here), I can quickly go through all of my blogs and add that change easily to all of them at once. I set up a little process flow and 10 minutes later I am done. I even use a little process to upgrade WordPress itself when I upgrade and this way nothing is ever missed.
Since everything is in WordPress and my Firefox has links to all of my blogs it is very easy for me to add content when it is time for that and to update and upgrade when it is time for that and the two never have to meet. If I find something great to post I just post it and move on. There are no HTML tags to worry about and no uploading process so the new content is a thought and a click and that allows me to be a lot more creative.