Wednesday, August 11, 2010

blog wars

The blogoshpere has changed much since I started blogging. Blogger, which ruled the platform in the beginning, finds stiff competition from WordPress and now DotNetNuke. While Blogger maintains an advantage in simplicity, WordPress and DotNetNuke offer hosting advantages that the serious blogger will want to take advantage of.

In February 2008 Michael Kizer made the switch from WordPress to NetDotNuke.You can read his posting  to read his thoughts on why the switch.However, his blog postings end in October 2009, which makes me wonder. Did he loose interest in NetDotNuke or just run out of thoughts on the remodel project that was the subject of the blog? And, if buzz on the internet determines popularity, then the new kid on the block, NetDotNuke, is not quite ready for prime time.

LinkedIn gives a thumbs up rating to WordPress.The big advantage of WordPress over Blogger is explained like this: is not only a platform for blogging (I run two blogs with it), it can be used as a Web site with or without a blog (I also am starting a new Website and Blog with it for my daughter). There are many free Wordpress themes to run blogs with thousands of developers offering plugins (Widgets - add ons) for almost anything imaginable. 
NetDotNuke may have and advantage in skins available for showing off your blog, but WordPress has an advantage over NetDotNuke in simplicity and add ons.

Of course, if simplicity is all that you are after, then Blogger can not be beat. Blogger is a good beginning tool. It also permits multiple blogs and a dashboard that allows the blogger to jump back and forth between blogs with the touch of a key.

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