Day before yesterday, we posted an article about how WordPress was king of the blogging world, and how close to impossible it would be for it to lose its position. Amongst the comments, trackbacks, emails, and pingbacks directed our way, we find it necessary to clear up some points. For sake of communication and clarity, we’re using bullets to explain:
Most importantly: that wasn’t a review of WordPress. Just a discussion about how WordPress amongst others “spoils” developers!
- WordPress isn’t necessarily the best engine, just the best platform. The difference is, it might not have the best code and features out there, but as a product together with its community, resources, and developers, it’s the platform for you to use.
- The reason why WordPress will find it much easier to remain at the top compared to others that have taken the fall is that it’s open source, friendly, and free. That means people are more willing to help it out. Business 101: “open & flexbile” companies take much more and much longer to fail than “closed & rigid” companies do.
- We’re not saying WordPress will remain the best product, but that even if a far better product came out (like the promising new-comer: Habari), WordPress will remain the tool of choice simply because of how widespread and prevalent it has become.
- WordPress is not a company, it’s an open-source project. Automattic is the company. They come together, but WordPress is a separate entity, that continue developing and improving with or without Automattic. Don’t confuse the two.
Now for people saying that was a rather unfair article coming from staunch WordPress contributors and users, maybe this will help change your bind. We’re not blind-believers. WordPress has it’s shortcomings, but we feel its benefits far outweigh these:
- Inflexible hosted WordPress. Stop right there. WordPress is the product, and technically has nothing to do with WordPress.com. WordPress.com is an Automattic project, and even its limited, paid implementations far exceed those of other large competing services like Blogger and Xanga.
- WordPress is heavy. There is no denying it. WordPress isn’t optimized at all, since as some of the developers used to (incorrectly) say: “It’s just a blog.” But that’s changing, and you can take a look at WordPress 2.1 for more proof.
- WordPress breaks standards. Yes, in the past WordPress has “broken” syndication standards, but that’s fixed now – isn’t that what matters?
- Drupal. That’s corporate stuff.. None of our business. Again, that’s WordPress.com & Automattic, not the WordPress project.
Some WordPress alternatives: