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14.8.07

Two days with Wordpress 

After my earlier disappointment with the new Blogger, I did download Wordpress for the new Journal of the Medinge Group, which will be announced this month. It has a lot of great features, but for someone who can occasionally hack some HTML—I was, after all, one of the earliest in this part of the world—it proved limiting.
   For example, will sometimes miss hard space characters, it will get confused if you manually feed in your own span class tags, it will take out some of your hard returns in your code—things that the everyday user won’t ever need to bother about.
   When and editing the Journal, it was important to have a very high level of which, ironically, despite its amateur image, allows. The Blogger crew has also ironed out a lot of the things that frustrated me at the time of the (forced) changeover. They obviously listened, but the fact they did so ex post facto is annoying: I should never have encountered the bugs. As a layman, I still don’t see much of a gain with new Blogger from the old, other than the auto-save.
   I love the Wordpress , the ease of , the tidy comment forms, the ability to add pages that are not to do with the blog, the incredible community, the support—all the things that have made it the blogging platform of choice for so many.
   I’m going to leave the Journal on Wordpress as it is the right choice for it, especially as it allowed me to make contents’ pages for the articles. I still don’t consider myself that “serious” a blogger to require non-blog pages published using the program here, so it looks like there’ll be no change on the back end at this work blog.
   Therefore, based on my limited experience so far:
• Blogger: good as a beginner’s tool and pretty good if you have your own web design skills and can do your own non-blog pages. CSS stylesheets aren’t as tidy and you are stuck with a very boring Blogger comment form;
• Wordpress: great for everything, especially adding non-blog-entry pages, but is a bit smart-alecky on its interpretation of HTML code. Great community, easy-to-use interface, really a great choice as an all-purpose, robust tool—and new versions don’t seem buggy;
Vox: limits comments to other Voxers and the look and feel are limited to the templates they provide, but a great way to share videos, music and books without any knowledge of code.
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Jack: Your comments about Wordpress tweaking well-intentioned custom HTML is right on target. If I have any complaints about the platform, which I use to power all of my blogs, it is exactly what you point out. I use some heavy hand-coding when I post photo galleries, for example, and often find that if I don't save the post in exactly the right manner, 90% of the code is stripped (which is odd since it is comprised primarily of link and image tags). In a similar manner, have you ever tried to use a div tag + inline CSS? Wordpress always converts my div tags to p tags and my pixel designations to point designations. Then there are the stripped semi colons...

Silliness I say.

Regardless, I am a huge fan of Wordpress and highly recommend it for sites of any size. I've learned to work around the annoyances (and trust that they will eventually be fixed in future versions of the software) and find everything else about the platform fantastic.  
It sounds like you should turn off the visual rich text editor in WordPress (it uses TinyMCE which will mess up your code if you put any in). If you are comfortable with HTML, you should be fine.  
Thank you for the suggestion Joe -- I will definitely try that out! Hopefully it will do the trick.  
Peter, I think I have had that div issue. Joe, thank you for your suggestion from me, too—I will have a look for that setting.  
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Entries from 2006 to the end of 2009 were done on the Blogger service. As of January 1, 2010, this blog has shifted to a Wordpress installation, with the latest posts here.
   With Blogger ceasing to support FTP publishing on May 1, I have decided to turn these older pages in to an archive, so you will no longer be able to enter comments. However, you can comment on entries posted after January 1, 2010.


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