WordPress 2.5 is scheduled for release and the buzz on the web is that the transition is going to be another difficult one. Like the previous upgrade to the 2.3.x, themes will be broken and plug ins will be rendered useless. It’s part of the carnage of progress.My blog clients don’t have to worry. When WordPress 2.5 is released, I’ll go through these steps, work out the kinks and when I upgrade their blogs to 2.5 the only “surprise” in store for them will be whether their chosen theme makes the transition.
The biggest problem I can see in the PR war between the two platforms is that it’s been my experience that Six Apart (Moveable Type/Typepad) customers are much less tech savvy than WordPress users... they don’t understand blogging basics such as trackbacks which is an important part of building a successful blog.
So we have two camps in this war… in one corner we have Moveable Type and Typepad users… who don’t understand why turning on trackbacks for each and every post is important. Their “flagship” blog is sporting an Alexa ranking of 55,035.
In the other corner, we have the tech savvy crowd backing WordPress. Users in this camp include heavy hitters such as Micheal Arrington of Techcrunch (Alexa ranking 926) Darren Rowse of Problogger (Alexa ranking 3,529), Daily Blog Tips (Alexa ranking 14,490) and the Blog Herald (Alexa ranking 33,003)
I know, I know… Alexa is skewed towards the tech savvy user…. which is why it’s a valuable resource in this discussion.
For my non-techy readers… Alexa is a type of traffic spy device provided by Amazon. You install the toolbar and Alexa tracks your web surfing activities and ranks sites in order from 1 to 10,000,000 + and displays this ranking in the toolbar. Alexa detractors point out the “regular people” don’t usually have the tool bar installed so results are skewed and instead of displaying the ranking of a site’s traffic, instead the tool bar displays the ranking of a site’s traffic amongst the most tech savvy of web users.
I’ve already placed my bets on the optimal blogging platform for me and my clients…. because when faced with the choice of a platform backed by the tech savvy and a platform of choice for the “less tech savvy”…. I’m going with the platform with the big guns behind it.
My parents bet on Beta as the format of choice for home video recording more than 25 years ago…. they still have that beta max machine in their basement today. I didn’t want my clients stuck with the “beta” equivalent of blogging platforms. Therefore, my choice was influenced by several factors. First, WordPress has incredible community support. Combine that strong community support with the caliber of bloggers choosing the platform, and WordPress pulled into the lead. However, the final “straw” in making my decision was when Template Monster began offering WordPress Themes. Commercial backing + strong user community = winner in my book.
I know there are other GOOD blogging platforms out there, but rather than be a jack of all trades, master of none… I made what I believed to be the BEST choice for my business. Speaking of which, I don’t see Drupal’s developers taking potshots at WordPress. Instead, they’re heralding the migration of Popular Science Magazine to their platform. Way to go Drupal!