WordPress 3.0 Thelonious. Say goodnight, Drupal
by Andrew Kandels
I recently got a chance to do some professional development with the latest WordPress 3.0 "Thelonious" release and it blew me out of the water. For a while now, Ive been doing some work on the side in web design/development (I love to code, but Im a designer at heart) and I use WordPress almost exclusively. I have to say, Im very excited about the new features, menus in general, and their apparent redirection towards content management and less of a sole focus on blogging.
For me, working with Drupal for an extended amount of time was painful. If a client wanted a complete CMS, it was hard to argue that a blog was their best solution. Often times, Id green light Drupal just to avoid my least favorite word: Joomla (aims gun at head). Dont get me wrong, these are fine products; its just that sometimes if you need to write in space, a pencil works better than a quill connected with a straw to an ink tank connected to a vacuum connected to a car battery. Is it really necessary to have a settings page with more options than there are hairs on my body?
Oh, and as someone who's written extensions for all three of the PHP-base CMS players, you can not beat WordPress. I had my CATS JobSite page up and running in an hour — svn and release management included. Did I mention that Joomla has like 5 names for ‘plugin? As if figuring out whether to call something a plugin, extension, addon, toolbar, module, etc. wasnt hard enough, Joomla just grabbed the top 5… and Im done with the complaining.
Back to point: if you need a blog, use WordPress. If you need a website your mom could add content to, use WordPress. Need more proof? I dare you to find a sexier video from an open source project.