Thoughts on WordPress

Wow — I received some absolutely lovely comments from visitors on my kitty post below. My kitty and I want to thank each and every one of you, and kitty-boy thinks that he should have his own weekly picture day on my blog. What do you all think? ;o)

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A big “Thank you!” to a few more who have recently subscribed to my blog (Yay for AW friends!):

Kira Connally at Loving Twilight
Jen Nipps at Creatif

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My husband and I are in the process of creating a website for me to use to showcase my writing passion, and other random things about me. I mentioned in a previous post that I want to keep my TemlynWriting website as my actual writing business site, and not use it for my personal portfolio and other information. I’m looking forward to premiering my new site, and considering moving my blog to the new site as well.

I’m considering relocating my blog from Blogger in an effort to try WordPress. Does anyone reading here have any experience with it? Good, bad, indifferent? I love the various themes, and have already picked one that suits my personality. I also am a bit enchanted with all of the options, like having people who comment be able to leave their e-mail addresses, so I can reply directly to them, and know that they’ll see my response, rather than posting a response in the original comment box on my blog, and wondering if the people will return to view it, or responding on their blogs with something that makes absolutely no sense on their blogs, meaning they’d have to refer back to my blog anyway.

I know that Haloscan has this e-mail option that can be added onto Blogger, but I don’t really like my comments being on a completely separate “entity” of a site; I prefer them all being in one place. Plus, I can’t quite figure out how to paste old comments onto Haloscan once it’s in my template. I’ve tried. I just don’t think it’s for me.

So, WordPress.
Discuss.

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I'm a wife and mommy first, as well as a social media consultant/manager, editor, and writer. I'm also editor of Musical Reviewer and Houston Theatre Blog.

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6 comments on “Thoughts on WordPress
  1. It looks like you’d have to have your own hosting and know a bit about PHP and SQL to use their software…

  2. Julia says:

    Hi Kira! Thanks for your helpful comment. It seems as though you even checked out their website to offer advice, so thanks for that!

    I just realized that I had accidently edited out a bit of text that I meant to have in that post; I just added it back in. I’m in the process of creating my own website, aside from my business of writing services. This new website is where I’d be hosting my WordPress blog. My husband actually just found that our host provider has a shortcut to WordPress built in, so it seems it may just work. I do like Blogger, but there are a few things about WordPress that are very interesting, so I may just give it a whirl. I know a few people who use it; they really like it, and their blogs look really nice. :o)

  3. Tim W. says:

    Hi Julia,

    I actually just completed a video tutorial on blogging that will be published in a few months on http://www.vtc.com, so I can help you with WordPress.

    With all due respect to Kira, you really do not have to know much of anything about either PHP or mySQL to install WordPress. And if your web host has an auto-installer script for WordPress, then so much the better–click and go! 🙂

    Although WordPress is undeniably very powerful and I strongly considering running it on my own web host for my blog, I just could not deny the ultra-high visibility afforded by Blogger.com and BlogSpot. If you are looking for a wide audience with your blog, you’ll get a better head start (in my opinion) staying with BlogSpot for a while.

    However, please don’t hesitate to send me an e-mail message (tldubb@gmail.com) if you have any further questions about WordPress; I’d be happy to help.

    Regards,
    Tim

  4. AGK says:

    Hey — my blog is done in WordPress. So, you see it can be customized and is very user-friendly.

  5. Barbara says:

    I use WordPress and love it. Easy to customize, very user friendly, lots of plugins and a very active development community. It’s easy enough for a newbie to learn, but powerful enough for a more advanced user. All in all, two thumbs up!

  6. Barbara says:

    Interesting theme have mentioned. With pleasure I shall support.
    And in general, good blog

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