In moving from my old blog at JRoller to one on my domain I had to choose which blogging engine to use. After evaluating a number of systems such as Movable Type, Typo, Blogger with sftp, etc… I ended up with WordPress. My main requirements for blog software were:
- all the usual stuff (comments, pings, trackbacks, etc…)
- search engine friendly URL’s
- themes with a good selection
- plugins with a good selection
- import from RSS (so I could move my old posts along with me)
- language in order of preference: Ruby, Java, PHP, and lastly Perl
- a good sized user community
So far working with WordPress 2.0 has been relatively painless and left me with a very positive impression. The installation took about 5 minutes including the apache config. The plugins have been a little problematic since many don’t yet support 2.0 but considering it was just released it’s not surprising. Lastly, they’re using some AJAX which is nice to see.
Now that I have it installed next steps will be to learn how to use subversions vendor branches so I can manage my local changes to my WordPress checkout as well as being able to easily merge changes from the official WordPress subversion repo.