As you know, my main blog runs on TypePad. Because of certain difficulties mapping TypePad blogs to domains in the ‘co.za‘ namespace, I was forced to host the sites for my businesses with a hosting service provider. My preferred platform for these sites is a blogging engine (either as a standalone or built into the existing site) so I took a look at the options available. There are quite a few.
Some of the blogging engines (some of them are really better described as content management systems and are more comprehensive than their simpler cousins) I considered are WordPress, b2evolution, Mambo and Drupal. All of these systems are open source and are just four of the many wonderful options available.
Ultimately I have decided to investigate WordPress 1.5 and Mambo more closely. No particular reason except for the fact that I just like them both. Mambo is pretty involved and is going to be my system of choice when I can afford to upgrade TherapistDirectory.co.za in due course. As for that site and my other sites, I have (or will soon) set up basic WordPress blogs.
When I first started looking at WordPress, I saw it as a simplistic piece of software and only really fit for simple sites. I soon realised that my own ignorance was limiting me and my view of what could be achieved with WordPress. I have now come to see WordPress as a remarkably flexible tool which can be used to create amazing sites that go way beyond what you would expect to see on a simple blog.
I am really excited about using WordPress for my business sites and I look forward to learning enough html/php/relevant skills to create something really cool. It might just take a while though. 😉