WordPress is the most popular web software used for content management today. One of the reasons for this is the low barrier to getting started. WordPress is not only free, but it is easy to use and there are tons of resources available for theming and expanding a website. But, that ease of use and over abundance of resources can also work against the new user. While the first blog is quick to setup, where do you go from there? How do you make the site your site? How do you get people to visit, engage them once they are there, and get them to come back? And how do you even know about all this? These questions are what Paul Thewlis tries to answer in his book WordPress 3 For Business Bloggers. Note that this is a new and updated edition of his book that was published in 2008.
The publishers, Packt Publishing, sent me a copy of the book for review, and it had the honor of being the first book I read on my new Kindle. One of the things I really like about books from Packt is that they are available in multiple formats including print, PDF, ePUB, and Amazon’s MOBI format. But, back to the book itself.
WordPress 3 For Business Bloggers is well suited as an introduction to what can be done with a WordPress blog for most people. It succeeds in taking the new user beyond the initial install into the world of plug-ins and theme customization. While I am not really fond of the chapter on HTML and altering themes, I can see the necessity of familiarizing yourself with it. I just think that it is too much for most people and too prone to error. Seriously, you are better either in the hands of a real designer or finding a theme that doesn’t need behind the scenes tweaking.
Episode 6 of The Social Media Monster podcast is a conversation with my guest Tom Sliker on website platforms, the differences between WordPress and Drupal, and why a site builder might choose one over the other. Tom has developed on numerous platforms, has worked in all levels of IT operations, and has been my friend for about 15 years.
Video to kick-off the discussion : WordPress is Better Than Drupal: Developers Take Note
Mentioned in the show
- Trends: WordPress vs Drupal vs Joomla
- Trends: Drupal, Joomla, WordPress, .NET Job
- Drupal training videos by Lullabot – www.drupalize.me
Three different Drupal distributions
A good how-to book for Drupal
Using Drupal by Angela Byron, Addison Berry
This is the presentation I gave at the Type-A Mommy Bloggers conference in Asheville, NC, last month. Unfortunately I only had about 45 minutes as I would have loved to have gone into a lot more detail. Additionally, the conversations around these issues with those who attended the session were fantastic. So, please don’t hesitate to leave comments and ask further questions. And always feel free to email me.
Also, the presentation got a little garbled in places when it uploaded to SlideShare. So, here is a link to the PDF of the full Building Blocks of Better Blogs presentation. Enjoy!
Next weekend I will be at the Type-A Mom conference in Asheville, NC. On Saturday, September 25, I will be speaking in the Dad Track titled “Building Blocks of Blogging”. I will be discussing the different blogging platforms, their relative advantages, and then some of the must-do steps to make sure your blog is noticed and secure. The session is currently scheduled for 1:15 pm in the Alexander Room. Please stop by and say hello. And yes, of course, I will be doing a give-away! That’s right – prizes.
I can’t wait to meet everyone at the conference. Well, first of all Asheville is one of my favorite places in the world and I will take any opportunity to go there. The scenery is beautiful, the food is good, and the people are warm and friendly. But seriously in this case I am really looking forward to networking with all the people attending the conference. I have been harassing many of them on Twitter for quite a while, so it will be nice to finally meet them.