In my 7 Step Business Blog e-book and in the business blogging teleclass course I’ve been running recently, the blogging platform I recommended is BlogHarbor. Because it works.
In spite of my recommendation, by the conclusion of the teleclass course at least three participants had decided that WordPress would be a better platform for their business needs.
Knowing that these individuals had access to the skills necessary to make the choice work, I applauded their decision. WordPress is an excellent product, as I have acknowledged previously.
But I still maintain that, in spite of the attestations of some of the legion of WordPress users and admirers, it’s not “easy”. That’s not always an easy story for me to carry when there is anyone around who claims that they find it easy.
So I was pleased to read Andy Wibbels’ recent comment – in a post promoting a teleconference (now completed) on WordPress – on why he doesn’t find WordPress “easy”, even though he is a user and a fan.
I use WordPress because I like to tinker. And a control freak.
I’m a geek at heart (example, I spent the weekend trying to get GEOS
to work on a Commodore 64 emulator on my Windows XP PC). I use
WordPress because I like to get under the hood of software and bang
around and see what kind of trouble I can get into. I don’t know enough
to code but I know enough to fix things, add things and (sometimes)
WordPress is simple, but not always easy.
Andy goes on to say why WordPress is “fantastic” and lists various of the virtues he ascribes to it.
Although he uses WordPress, is a fan and is clearly gearing up to provide a course on WordPress, currently, as far as I know, Andy still shows people how to set up a blog in Typepad.
Just as I show people how to use BlogHarbor even though my deswalsh.com site is on WordPress. Basically because a non-techie business owner without an inhouse web developer can be quickly up and running with their blog.
There are other factors too, such as the outstanding support you get if your site is hosted by BlogHarbor: that gives me a lot of comfort in recommending the service to clients, because I know they won’t be left on their own to sink or swim.
But as I say, if WordPress is the right solution for a particular client, I will fully endorse that.
I also recommend strongly to clients that, if they use a blog hosting service such as Typepad or Blogharbor, they get their own domain name and map it to their blog. That way they won’t have to get a new domain if they decide to switch service, or perhaps to install WordPress, or Expression Engine, or whatever the flavour of that month is.
I don’t know when Andy’s course on WordPress is scheduled to happen. Easiest way to find out is to watch his blog – here’s the feedlink.