WordPress: Best CMS for blogging
What is the best Content Management System for blogging? There are so many choices, one can easy get stuck in analysis paralysis, so I’m here to make the decision for you. In reality, it doesn’t matter that much which CMS you choose, as long as you can get on with it and start writing!
I recently decided to expand this website, Chris M. Welsh. I’m going to start posting entries with tutorials, opinions, and the latest news in web development.
My needs for the site were simple. I wanted to maintain some static pages and post updated content in the form of a blog. I considered starting a project in Django or Pylons, two web frameworks written in the Python programming language. I have a passion for coding websites from the ground up, with complete control over everything. However, my time is worth money, and I needed to treat myself just like a client and evaluate my options objectively. I wanted the site to be:
- quick to deploy and customize
- easy to maintain
I chose WordPress, an open-source CMS written in PHP. What else is great about WordPress besides the two things above?
- great editing and publishing system
- excellent theme and template community
- RSS, pingback support
- comment spam filtering
…and much more. It may not be as super-customizable and complex as Drupal, but I almost consider that a good thing. It’s an excellent, easy-to-use option for most people who only require basic functionality.
In the past, I’ve heard about security vulnerabilities in WordPress. Fortunately, things have pretty much stabilized over the past couple of years, but there are still protective measures you can take. I will post soon about increasing the security of your WordPress installation. The most important thing is to keep your installation up to date, and WordPress makes this very easy for you.
There’s a reason why WordPress is the most popular blog software in use today, with tens of thousands of new installations every day.