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Thursday, August 05, 2004 
Advice solicitation 
For the two or three people who actually read this regularly: What's your favorite blogging platform, and why? I've been meaning to get off Blogger for, um, a long time, but haven't ever really taken the plunge. A year ago I downloaded and installed MT, but didn't implement it, and now they want money, which I'm reluctant to pay. Especially since some of the other platforms are getting more widely-used and looking pretty spiffy. I like the look of Expression Engine, as seen at pesky'apostrophe and Sixth World, and popular among the goddesses of Moxie; it costs money too, but every site I've seen with it is just neat-o keen-o, and there's a free 30-day trial. Greengrl is using WordPress, which is free, free, free!, and has some of the functions I've been desperately wanting (categories, a little calendar doofunny), but I'm not sure how good it is with redesigns and skinning (my other majorly-craved feature). That "free" thing motivated me to download and install it yesterday, and poke at it a bit; the PHP-handled stylesheets gave me a headache, and I don't know how much one can do to change the way the comments look, but it has a nice interface and the installation was almost as easy as promised. (It would have been easier if I'd remembered all my database information, which is my own darn fault.)

I'm thinking I'll stick with WordPress, and see what I can do with it; but before I invest heaps of time editing the imported entries and assigning categories and trying to figure out the templates and all that, does anyone have any particular testimonials for or warnings against what they're using, or what they used to use and moved away from? Is ExpressionEngine worth the money, especially since I'm not exactly high-traffic and trend-setting? Is there anything else out there I should look into?

So, hey, talk to me. I'll be here all week, don't forget to tip your waitress, and don't feed the squirrels, even if they ask.

[ at 2:26 PM • by Abby • permalink  ]

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