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Why did YOU choose WordPress? (51 posts)

  1. fonzievision
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Over other platforms like Movable Type?

    I'm curious.

  2. I chose WordPress because it's open-source and community supported, and because of that whole MovableType v3 license debacle.

  3. RustIndy
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    First reason, customizability. The templating system pre-1.5 is admittedly a bit clumsy, but it was still pretty easy to do. The new builds just keep getting slicker with regards to the theming capabilities. And XHTML standards compliance is a Good Thing (TM).

    Second, ease of use/admin/maintenance. Self-explanatory - it was the easiest to work with, extend, and the least confusing for non-geek users.

    Finally, the highly active support and development communities.

    And really finally, extensibility. Plugins are easy to write (well, easy to start, at least - I'm not that good at PHP yet) and seamlessly integrate new stuff into just about any part of the software.

    Not to mention how classy "WordPress" sounds to the ladies :D

  4. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It chose me :)

  5. lstelie
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hello,

    1) It's PHP/APACHE/MySQL
    2) It's Opensource (that not only means free, but that mean WP will be able to be maintained ven if the original team gives up)
    3) it's cool and elegant
    4) it works !
    5) I can do with it pretty much anything I want (it's not a closed stuff)
    6) there is a very good and active community around it
    7) Saying "I have a WP weblog" attract women

    Luc

    nb: I'm not very sure of point #7

  6. RustIndy
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    It's true, it's true - women are very attracted to WordPress blogs. I can prove it :)

  7. indieb0i
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I chose b2 because it was OpenSource and php/mySQL based. I had looked at a couple others (such as MT and Greymatter), but I wasn't thrilled with the idea of using Perl, etc. I liked the idea of dynamically creating the pages, and b2 was easy to setup and use. When WP was announced as the official successor, it was a no-brainer for me to switch.

  8. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    fonzievision ..... any particular reason for asking ? Do you use WP ?

  9. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    One night last September, an extraterrestrial spacecraft landed in my backyard. I realized it had to be from another world, because moments later a strange, unearthly being emerged from an opening in the hull. He, or she, or rather it, was gold-skinned, with about a dozen six-foot long tentacles for arms and legs. And it wore a black top hat. Strange, that.

    As I was about to ask if it wanted to be taken to see my leader, an ethereal voice emerged from what I took to be its mouth. It said:

    "Start using WordPress."

    Then the alien turned around, went back into its ship, and flew off into the sky.

    True story!

  10. fonzievision
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ahah. Podz . I'm just curious to know, having adopted WordPress myself very recently (from typepad).

  11. Kitta
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I liked that it used PHP and was opensource. MT looked complicated, while WP looked simple (in a good way) and sexy.

    "7) Saying "I have a WP weblog" attract women"

    That's true for me at least. ;o)

  12. goddess
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    After blogging manually for a few months, I wanted something that did auto-archives. I tried CuteNews, which was extremly easy to use, but their archives SUCK. Then I tried MT, which was extremly difficult for me to use. WordPress is a happy medium for me. It has the features I want and is easy to use and customize.

  13. fonzievision
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Where did y'all learn how to customise WordPress and Kubrick?

  14. bellan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I choose it because the website looked lovely and read well. I've tried a few blogs and I reckon this is the best.

    I'm just about to set up a mail list. What is the WordPress of mailing list software?

  15. Madsen
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Used to have a blog at blogdrive.com and didn't really like the look of it so I changed to WP...big mistake...my WP looks like cr.. aswell, due to the fact that I don't have any CSS or php skills (obviously not WP's fault!!).
    My lack of coding skills makes me feel like I'm tied on hands and feet...I see a lot of greatlooking WP blogs and I know how I would want mine to look like, but again the lacking skills in coding prevents me from applying the look and features I want.
    I've made so many changes to my Trident template, that I simply don't have the energy to install the extremely cool Kubricks theme and start all over again...Kubrick is really the only theme available I like "out of the box" and which doesn't need a lot of things done to it to suit my taste.

    Anyway...for complete newbies who don't have the time to learn coding properly, WP can be quite painful customizing. Beginners should, imho, start with maybe blogdrive.com or modblog.com, learn some code and learn how to customizing those blogs a little, and from there move to WP and be creative.

    Best thing about WP and the community is how extremely helpful everybody is and how kind the fellow WP users are.
    People I don't even know, have taken the time to write me tutorials, posted answers to my daft questions and have tried to help out in every possible way...and I'm extremely grateful for that.
    People have spent a lot of time helping me out. I'm a slow learner when it comes to coding ;-) I hold a candidate degree in biology, but for some idiotic reason I'm simply too daft to master coding CSS/php...maybe it's because I've haven't spent enough time doing it or...well...maybe it's just not meant to be one of the things I do well (...God knows there's a lot of things I'm not very good at!)

    Just to avoid any confusion: WP is great...It's my coding skills that blows....to say the least. I know the basics and it's getting better, but I'm still looking for that great revelation where everything falls into place.

    OK...I'm rambling...time to stop

    To sum up: I chose WP because of the helpful and kind folks here in the WP community...

  16. joan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    This is my first foray into blogging and I wanted to use something that was installed by myself so that my content was stored on my domain, not elsewhere, and that allowed me to eventually completely customize my blog.

    - it needed to easily work as a photoblog, as this was my primary intended use
    - php/MySQL and simple to manually install into my database
    - ease of customization because I have no experience in this area
    - OpenSource & free are very nice bonuses
    - the supporting community is fantastic and very active

    Researching my various needs and desires for my blog, it came down to WordPress and MT. As it turns out, my host has actually banned MT because it was causing too many security issues, but that was irrelevant to me, as WP had already won out.

    In conclusion, in my very short blogging experience (2 days), WordPress rules.

  17. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I ran into Matt Mullenweg at a tupperware party in Pouce Coupe, BC. He told me about this cool thing he was working on. I didn't have a clue about what he was talking about, but I let him talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk and talk about it. I just had to download it and see for myself what it was all about.

    It was so easy to install, even a moose could do it. So I did. Been hanging out here ever since.

  18. joan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    NuclearMoose, it seems a lot of you here are from BC. I dwell in Vancouver suburbia so hello to my fellow British Columbians. :)

  19. robinlu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    After setup apache/MySQL last week, I was learning how to use Perl. My friend suggested me to look PHP also, then I downloaded PHP and setup a MediaWiki yesterday night.
    I think blog maybe is better since Wiki is too big. By googling "blog + MySQL + PHP + Apache", I found WordPress. I like the style of wordpress.org, nice and clean. so WordPress is my final choose.

  20. orangeguru
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    1. Dynamic Pages - no stupid rebuild, posting into the future

    2. Template system (since the 1.3 alphas)

    3. Good community

    4. very active development

    5. free & OpenSource

    I tried many systems before and installed several different systems for friends and some clients. Used to do a lot of MT stuff ...

  21. nicokaiser
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    1. PHP, MySQL (dynamic pages)
    2. despite 1. it's fast (static pages possible if someone writes a working staticize-replacement)
    3. open source, well supported, good community
    4. nice templating system
    5. open, so I can add nearly any feature I want (see 1., 3.)

  22. Jack
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I thought it meant Wonderfull Program... and after that mistake I saw no reason to search further.

  23. lazymonster
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    There is a great community here. There are lots of people who help around. It's open source too and the development is quite fast I think. I like the admin pages, they're well organized (in 1.5)

  24. kyte
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Never used MT, couldnt be bothered with what seemed awfully complicated. Use Pivot for a couple of years. Had a hissy and deleted the blog and a week or two later was about to reinstall Pivot but thought I would just have a look about at what was available. WordPress looked decent, I didnt expect to do more than test it out for a week before returning to Pivot, but..I'm still here. And making themes. (it was much more complicated in Pivot, though I did it there too)

  25. webchief
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I had an account at Livejournal for a while, got bored of it fairly quickly. I still liked the idea of a blog and also felt the urge to redesign the look and functionality of my site. I did a search (keywords forgotten) that led me to find WordPress, and I decided to give it a try. I was satisfied with my criteria of "free" being met, and got hooked by the ultimate customize-ability. Just like many others who have posted above me, I have enjoyed the vast amount of information that has been found within this forum and community!

  26. NuclearMoose
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #


    1. PHP, MySQL (dynamic pages)
    2. despite 1. it's fast (static pages possible if someone writes a working staticize-replacement

    With 1.5 you have the ability to create "static" pages without need for a hack or plugin.

  27. DianeV
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    > With 1.5 you have the ability to create "static" pages

    Unfortunately, too late for me, but it doesn't matter.

    WP: like Joan, I wanted the software to run on *my* server so that it could be controlled by *me*. Heard great things about WordPress, tried it, installed it. End of story. :-)

  28. tzar
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    having tried about 5 other blog"thingies", I came across something where the support discussion was realistic, guiding and very enthousiastic. Add to that a claimed under 5 minutes installation (which in reality was 2 minutes 38 seconds, yeah, for real!), WP had my attention... from there on: no looking back!!!

  29. jadler
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have used Greymatter and Movable Type before, now I switched a new web host that has cPanel with Fantastico. WordPress is one of the blog systems available for easy installation (a few clicks), and it seemed like the best one. MT worked fine, too, but it is not open source and they have started with licence thingies.

  30. mamabean
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I have used a number of tools in the past to include Blogger, Greymatter, and MT. All served their purpose but with Greymatter and MT, the constant rebuilding of pages everytime I had to make one tiny little adjustment was becoming tiresome. I then switched to pMachine. Liked it a lot but development was slow to non-existent (at the time at least). A good friend got me into trying WP and I have been with it ever since. Customizing is a breeze and it was easy to learn. Gotta love it!

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