Three months with WordPress

So what do I think, three months after changing from “Textpattern”:http://www.textpattern.com to “WordPress”:http://www.wordpress.org? It’s a bit of a mixed bag actually. WordPress has some nice features

what I like

* templates
* all the options on the write post page
* the gazillion plugins
* the simple, elegant plugin system
* the need to learn some php
* the ease of creating a static page
* the ease of adding categories on the fly
* the ability to edit my templates using Transmit

what I don’t
* the complexity in creating sections
* the sometimes weird way it interprets paragraph breaks
* the need to learn some php (Textpattern’s tags are much more elegant)
* I miss Textpattern’s extra fields

“The Blog Studio’s”:http://www.theblogstudio.com site is still on Textpattern, and will not be changing any time soon. The different areas of that site pull data into different sections – something that would be trickier to do in WordPress. The thing that’s really floating my boat these days is “Expression Engine”:http://www.expressionengine.com. We’re involved in a couple of projects with EE at the moment, and I am *totally* blow away.

It takes the graphical loveliness and ease of use of WordPress’ back end, and combines it with the power and flexibility of Textpattern. Then cranks it up to 11. This is one impressive CMS. At $249 for a commercial license, it is cheap cheap cheap. I’ll write more about it as I get to know it a bit more. This program is going to make my life a whole lot easier.

5 thoughts on “Three months with WordPress”

  1. Yes, WP 2 has a pretty kickin’ admin interface. If we were just talking about WP 1.5, there’s nothing too specialy going on there.

    You say the plugin system for WP is nice, are you referring to all the hooks they allow? The act of adding a plugin is much less painless in txp, I’d argue.

    Don’t you miss txp’s presentation forms? They’re tops in my book.

  2. Expression Engine is a brilliant CMS, I’ve used it on a few projects before and I’ve found it easy to use and set-up aswell as the client liking the system (which hasn’t always been the case with WordPress).

    WordPress does allow extra fields but I don’t find the system they employ particularly intuitive.

  3. Justin: Forms are very cool, but with they’re just php includes and/or WordPress loops (depending on how you use them). That being said, they are very easy to use.

    Regarding plugins, I really meant the user side of it.

  4. > but with they’re just php includes and/or WordPress loops (depending on how you use them).

    Sounding like a true WP convert :)

    Loop, what the heck is a loop? txp doesn’t burden you with such techno mumbo gumbo. While sure, txp’s custom forms are kinda like WP loops, they’re about a million times easier to create for re-use.

  5. I am _so_ glad to see a new EE convert showing up. It feels like the best kept secret on the web, sometimes. Also, it bares pointing out that EE has a _free_ version for non-commercial, personal purposes.

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