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7th anniversary on WordPress – Not itching yet!

August 16, 2013

sevenyears

hmm – so I’ve been using WordPress.com for 7 years now. How time flies!

This is definitely the longest I have spent associated with any content technology and clearly I am not alone. This recent post illustrates that of all sites that run on a content management system, 54% of them are on WordPress.

These are the top five reasons why WordPress.com remains the ‘best fit’ for my personal CMS needs …

1. The mobile experience

wp-androidBack in 2006 I would have been laughed at (and probably was) for predicting that a lot of my future blogging would be done via mobile devices. Less than a decade on, that is exactly what I am doing on a regular basis. The majority of my blog posts over the last couple of years have been initiated and developed during moments of downtime via my phone and/or tablet. WordPress for Android is excellent and a great example of how to adapt content management processes for different form factors and mobile publishing scenarios.

2. Consistent ease-of-use

As a basic content editing and management environment, WordPress remains very easy to use and the steady drip-feed of enhancements keep it going in the right direction. I like the fact that the main structure of the interface has remained pretty much the same since first signing up in 2006. This consistency is central to maintaining ease-of-use and the reason why I still find the Microsoft ‘ribbon’ completely infuriating so many years after its introduction and naturally gravitate to the likes of WordPress and Google Docs as the starting point for most content creation these days.

3. Simple but informative stats

statsIt may not be immediately apparent but I have used this blog a lot over recent years to experiment with search optimisation and the simple ‘stats’ capability provides excellent and immediate tracking of search phrases and referrals through which results can be assessed quickly and easily. The WordPress stats and dashboard capabilities give just the right amount of information without overwhelming users but also enable you to drill down further into the detail should you wish to.

4. Superb spam protection

If you’ve ever published a site with commenting un-moderated or unprotected then you’ll know just how fast the spam arrives and how relentless it is too. Therefore, I am very appreciative of the excellent job Askimet does for free on this blog.  Of those many thousands of comments it has blocked so far only a handful have made it through onto the blog pages and that has saved me considerable time and effort over the years.

askimet

5. 100% uptime

Although I can’t say the same for versions of WordPress that I have installed for work related projects – which have been vulnerable to hacking attacks if not kept up-to-date – this blog on WordPress.com has, to the best of my knowledge, never failed. It has certainly reinforced my faith in hosted solutions and raises the question why any small to medium size organisation would take on responsibility for hosting and maintaining basic applications themselves.

My original intention with this blog was to explore a range of topics and maintain a consistent narrative over at least a decade.

There are undoubtedly posts that I disagree with now and comments, that with the benefit of hindsight, I probably should not have made but everything will remain as originally written.

Someone whose views I don’t always agree with but whose consistency in the fickle world of politics I admire is Tony Benn. No doubt it is his legendary diary keeping that enabled him to maintain such a clear narrative and he is very well-respected for it too.

While greater transparency and consistency from our politicians and other leaders would be refreshing today we are unfortunately at a point in the life-cycle/hype cycle of social media when abusive behaviour online is on the rise and no doubt this will mean more people keeping thoughts and opinions to themselves – even if they were worth hearing.

Those of us who have been communicating online since the arrival of usenets in the 1980s are very familiar with trolling but it would seem that each new generation of web user has to go through the same learning curves and the rest of us suffer the consequences as they do so 😦

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