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…