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making the case for wordpress over sharepoint

  • i just started with a new organization. I was brought in to create a blog and was told I’d be given whatever resources I need to create it. I have been working with wordpress for years building many blogs and thought the platform would be the smallest of my issues as I bring an older culture into some new ideas.

    However, now that I’m on the job, I’m being told by IT that they won’t support wordpress because they fell sharepoint is just as good and they’ve already invested in it. I do not believe that to be the case. I believe they aren’t “fans” of opensource and don’t understand WordPress so it scares them.

    I’d like some suggestions on building the case for WordPress to the high level people (and yes I realize I have the option to quit and find another job). I have a lot of this information already but want to put the question out there in case others have good information to share. I’m thinking any good case studies, aggregate statistics (where can I get numbers on installs that include self hosted and not just wordpress.com), functionality not available in sharepoint and impressive sites that use WordPress for starters.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • For starters, Sharepoint is Microsoft. I’d expect any true blooded IT droid to run screaming on that alone. 😉

    Reading some of the Sharepoint marketing stuff, it looks like it’s mostly set up for internal corporate communications. Nothing inherently wrong with that, and I may be wrong, but that’s the takeaway for me.

    I don’t have the statistics you’re looking for. I’d argue that a primary reason to use WP over SP is that WP is a true blogging tool that everyone else acknowledges as being a true blogging tool. It has all the connectivity to the rest of the blogosphere built in. It looks like a blog. And it’s not Microsoft.

    When the New York Times wants to post articles online, how do they do it? WP

    http://www.nytimes.com/

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