Why do I use #WordPress for my blog?

By | November 26, 2013

Last week at #SPCON13 in Amsterdam I was asked by not one, not two, but THREE people why I used WordPress as my blogging platform as opposed to SharePoint.

As a “SharePoint guy” should I not be drinking the blog Kool-Aid?

I think not, and here’s why:

  • SharePoint sucks as a blogging platform
  • As somebody with development experience but no desire to pick up Visual Studio, the simplicity of WordPress is extremely attractive
  • The WordPress community is HUUUGE and provides plugins, widgets and themes for almost anything, mostly for no cost
  • Did I mention that SharePoint SUCKS as a blogging platform?
  • Just because I am a “SharePoint guy” does not mean I am wed to SharePoint as the answer to anything. Being a good “SharePoint guy” actually means understanding when SharePoint (or Office 365) is not the answer.
  • Hosting SharePoint (outside of Office 365) is expensive. Hosting WordPress (self-hosting in my case as I do not use wordpress.com) is almost free. I pay about $20 per year for my WP platform.
  • Public websites in Office 365 are way more complex than they should be
  • Offline editing for WP is very simple. I use BlogDesk (other clients are available). LiveWriter and other solutions for SharePoint are way too crappy.
  • Finally, did I say that SharePoint sucks as a blogging platform?


more to follow…

3 thoughts on “Why do I use #WordPress for my blog?

  1. René Modery

    You should mention that SharePoint is not quite suitable as a blogging platform! Actually, you might have said that there….

    I always believe in using the right tool for a job (there may still be multiple suitable tools), and SharePoint is just not a blogging platform. It does many things very well, some things not so well, and others… well, it certainly isn’t a eierlegende Wollmilchsau (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/eierlegende_Wollmilchsau). WordPress is one of the best (maybe THE best, I let others decide) platforms for blogging. I used another blogging platform before, and when it was outdated at some point, evaluated what I should migrate to. SharePoint was never really an option, moved to WordPress as well in the end (and am quite happy with it)

  2. Andrew Kerry-Bedell

    Agree,I have seen many Microsoft Partners move off SharePoint even for their main website, let alone their Blogs. There is a reason around 23% of all new websites globally are built on WordPress – simplicity of use and functionality built in by the massive global WordPress development community. Nuff said!


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