W is for WordPress


WordPress is blogging software.  There is the WordPress hosted version, which is much like blogger.com.  Then there’s the self hosted version, which is what I am using.  My blog is hosted somewhere in California at a company called A Small Orange.  (If you decide to get set up there, please mention that I sent you!)

Here is a photo of my blog, on a MacBook, in an Apple shop in Turin:

Why did I choose WordPress? 

It’s highly configurable.  There are a lot of templates out there that are free to use.  If you don’t like any of the free ones you can modify your template to make it something that works for you.  I haven’t done much template modifying mainly because I don’t have the time.  I don’t know css very well and WordPress uses css extensively.  If I wasn’t spending so much time knitting I’d probably be spending time learning css and getting better at html.  Choices choices!

WordPress is an online blogging tool, which is great if you want to blog from someone else’s computer, anywhere in the world.  Everything is on your remote server which you can reach from anywhere with your user name and password.  Very handy!

WordPress has a huge user community with lots of help and information online.  There are plugins and bits of code that are freely available to improve your site.  It’s kind of like making virtual model trains.  OK, maybe that’s a terrible analogy but it’s what popped into my head.

There’s also an iPhone version so that you can post where ever you are and whatever you are doing!

I’m thinking seriously about changing my current template.  It’s getting a little stale.  I have a couple of templates that I like a lot.  They are here and here.  What do you think?  Better than the current one?

Before I change templates I have to upgrade again.  DB upgraded to version 2.6.3 a few weeks ago and that went super smooth.  Maybe I will do that this weekend and then try out a new template.  Don’t be surprised if you see something completely different soon!

2 thoughts on “W is for WordPress

  1. Lorraine November 19, 2008 / 00:42

    The black background with white text is much harder to read.

  2. RedScot November 19, 2008 / 14:34

    I have to admit I am fond of the black background, but a lot of people do find it ward to read… I changed mine from black a while ago. I do keep looking at wordpress, but until they add an option to change the colours on their templates, I’ll stick to Blogger!

    I do like your present 3-column template, though but the layout of the black one is lovely!

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