I’m noticing quite a few blogs are *powered* as the tagline goes, by the Open Source product WordPress . Examples are the excellent blogs of my friends Andy Wibbels at Easy Bake Weblogs and Paul Chaney at Radiant Marketing .
And no doubt there will be more open source products available and able to be used for creating blogs, such as the product I came across today in a Ryze discussion forum, the Mambo *content management* software.
So if people I particularly respect in the blogosphere are using WordPress, why aren’t I? Especially as, being open source software, it’s free to download!
Basically, it’s because I want to have a blog that functions effectively, for posting articles, archiving them, maintaining permalinks, and also managing other files that I might want to upload, without my having to have a lot of technical knowledge or worry about fixing things that for some reason or other go wrong or just don’t work.
With BlogHarbor (and for that matter Typepad and other excellent services) I can get all that other stuff taken care of for less than $20 a month – ok, less than $10 for some services, but let’s not quibble.
Of course there are people who are perfectly comfortable with PHP programming (the code WordPress is written in), advanced HTML, web/blog security issues etc. And I can understand some of them would like the idea of using products like WordPress.
But at this point, and maybe into the foreseeable future, I have no desire to acquire the programming and operational software managing skills needed to assure me that WordPress or other open source products would work for me at least as well as BlogHarbor works.
And the business people I speak to who are interested in using blogging for business have even less interest than I do in ‘getting under the hood’ to tinker with the mechanism. They, like I, want a service where they can log on, post their articles, pictures etc, and know all the other stuff is taken care of – and if a problem arises there will be a support person who fixes it, not them, and not me.