My blogging platform indecision (plus a new theme!)

UPDATE: This post is not really applicable anymore since this is not a WordPress site.

Over the past several months I've been searching for the perfect blogging platform, a place to share all sorts of things that need more than 140 characters. In my search, I've gone from Blogger, to WordPress, to Tumblr, back to Blogger, and now, as you can see, I'm back to WordPress. I realize all of this switching back and forth is not a very good way to attract readers, and because of that, I haven't been blogging very much at all. But now that I'm confident with what I have, I will be posting a lot more. I'm not 100% sure exactly what this blog is going to be about yet, but hopefully that will be become more clear (to you and me) in the near future.

Also, now that I'm back to WordPress, I decided to develop my own theme. Here it is. You're looking at it. It's based on Thematic by Ian Stewart. I will be posting more information about it (and where to download it) in the next week or two so stay tuned!

Even though I ultimately chose WordPress as my blogging platform, there are things that I liked and disliked about each platform. Below is a brief description of what I think of each platform. Feel free to leave comments letting me know what you think of each platform as well.

Tumblr

This platform is great for simple blogs. If all you're doing is posting text, photos, and videos, Tumblr is great. But as soon as you start trying to edit the HTML of your posts, you start to get real irritated. Tumblr's HTML [sic] editor is excruciatingly annoying. It strips (and sometimes converts) pretty much everything except the most basic tags. It won't even let you make a <table> element! However, one nice thing about Tumblr is the themes. Themes are about the only extendability that Tumblr offers, but there are a lot of nice looking ones and they're pretty customizable (although the user interface for doing so is not very good). But ultimately, as soon as I started putting workarounds in my theme to emulate tables with <span> elements and CSS classes, I knew I needed something else.

Blogger

I've actually used Blogger on and off for a long time. It has always been pretty customizable, but it hasn't always been very easy to do so. And it has not always been very extendable. But now with the new Template Designer and Gadgets, it's obvious that they're trying to be more like WordPress. Unfortunately, Blogger has not always been as easy to use as I'd like it to be.

WordPress

Not only does WordPress allow for more customization and extendibility than Blogger and Tumblr combined, it has a simple, robust, and easy-to-use interface for managing all of it. There are thousands of themes and plugins to choose from, and developing your own is really easy, mainly because WordPress is a very well-written application. (Most of my appreciation for WordPress came from when I started messing around with developing my own themes and plugins.) On top of all that, you can host it on your own server without really knowing anything about how to run a server. You can install and upgrade all your themes, plugins, and even your entire WordPress installation right from within the web interface! Isn't that neat?

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