tl;dr Now that social media is king, post-WordPress blogging systems don’t want to deal with comments, outsourcing them to services such as Disqus. But blogs are better with comments, and WordPress’ native commenting is worth a look. Static-site generators have been turning the heads of developers who blog ever since the Ruby-powered Jekyll was first … Continue reading What is WordPress’ secret sauce?
We can argue who invented blogging, or when, but I’m going to peg it at the late 1990s, which means we’re coming up on (or have just reached) the 15th anniversary of blogging as a medium of expression. The same Wikipedia page I link to above offers these milestones: Open Diary began in October 1998 … Continue reading Blogging: Still revolutionary after all these years
I just switched this WordPress.com blog over to the Twenty Twelve theme — freely available for WP.com and self-hosted WordPress.org blogs. It’s refreshing. It’s clean. And I’m tired of Twenty Eleven (and Twenty Ten before that). Funny how that happens. Continue reading I really like WordPress’ Twenty Twelve theme
By any stretch, the eclectic, all-things-geeky BoingBoing.net is big — and not just for a blog. The site describes itself as “A Directory of Wonderful Things.” It is indeed. It indulges in what’s hot — steampunk, the Maker movement, all manner of Rube Goldbergian gadgets — but also champions things, people and places that are quite wonderful (and not always well-known, or known at all) from around the world.
According to its own site, BoingBoing drags in 5 million unique visitors per month, though Quantcast pegs BoingBoing.net traffic at 2.1 million uniques and 9.2 million page views for March 5-April 3, 2013.
No matter how you dice it, BoingBoing is pushing a lot of bits. And over the last several years they’ve done it in two blogging CMSes: first Movable Type and now WordPress.
I learned about the switch on BoingBoing itself, and the article I wrote at the time caught the attention of BoingBoing lead developer Dean Putney, who offered to answer my questions about the site’s transition from Movable Type to WordPress and the Disqus commenting system.
The interview was conducted in April 2012, so let’s file it under “better late than never” and get to my questions and Dean’s answers:
Q: What prompted the move of BoingBoing.net from Movable Type to WordPress?
A: When I started working for Boing Boing, they were having lots of issues with Movable Type. I hadn’t worked with it before, but I really liked Boing Boing and wanted to help them, so I spent a lot of time learning its weird innards and fixing things piece by piece.
Movable Type was slow and painful and regularly had problems, but it worked and there was no real reason to make a big switch at the time.
Then Six Apart — which had already been barely supporting Movable Type as it was — was sold and rebranded as Say Media. They all but straight out said, “We’re not going to work on Movable Type any more.” This coincided with my completing my undergraduate degree and coming onto BoingBoing in a larger role.
I proposed we move to WordPress because I predicted that Movable Type would become an orphaned platform. That’s pretty much happened, and we’re now seeing a long overdue exodus from MT. It feels good to have been at the forefront of that.
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That’s what I love about WordPress. Continue reading Wordpress – easy as prebaked pie
I believe that it’s fairly easy to turn just about any Linux server into a WordPress installation. There is even a port of WordPress for OpenBSD. I thought that I’d try to run Movable Type on OpenBSD, but getting PHP and Perl working with the Web server looks incredibly difficult. If somebody else did this … Continue reading Catching up with Wordpress