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  • Martijn Maris 37 posts 235 karma points MVP
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 11:34
    Martijn Maris
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    Which blog platform do you use?

    My weblog recently died... :-( Pressed the wrong buttons, had a bad day, i do'nt know what went wrong. So I need to start all over again.

    That takes me to the question, which blog platform should I use. Maybe a stupid question to ask, everyone is using Umbraco.. right? But if I look at a couple of blogs out there I see that not everyone is using Umbraco...!? And as I played a little with Wordpress this morning I ask myself the question: what shall I do? Shall I use Umbraco as I tell people always that it is the best system for everything, or use a system like Wordpress because it is simple to use and has a lot to offer related to blogging out of the box.

    Any suggestions?

    What I like to know is: which system do you use and if it is not Umbraco, why did you choose for it?

  • Chris Houston 533 posts 978 karma points MVP admin c-trib
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 11:39
    Chris Houston
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    Hi Martijn,

    I currently use blogger.com for my blogs:

    Narrowboat Blog  and the Umbraco one: http://blog.vizioz.com

    Although I am currently building my website ( and have built a lot of my clients websites ) using Umbraco. I have used Blogger as it was a case of a couple of clicks and it's up and running and I didn't have time to setup my own hosting etc when I first looked at setting up the blogs. Now I will probably keep the Umbraco focused blog with Blogger as it helps with inbound links into my own sites.

    Cheers,

    Chris

     

  • Kyle Skrinak 272 posts 327 karma points
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 14:10
    Kyle Skrinak
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    I agree with Chris, but I prefer WordPress for blogging (not for large scale CMS's, though! -- two different paradigms). I prefer having the freedom to control all aspects of the page; and a hosting account for a small WP blog is cheap.

  • Chris Koiak 700 posts 2626 karma points
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 14:36
    Chris Koiak
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    I recently used the blog4umbraco package for a client's site and found it very easy to integrate and modify to suit.

  • Sebastiaan Janssen 4985 posts 15098 karma points MVP admin hq
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 17:34
    Sebastiaan Janssen
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    I am also loving Blog4Umbraco. Especially because I didn't need anything fancy. I built in the code display javascript and the recaptcha for the comments. Other than that it mostly did what I wanted. With some styling it fit my site perfectly.

    Mind you, it is some more manual work than other platforms, but I love being in complete and total control.

  • Ricky Beard 61 posts 116 karma points
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 18:13
    Ricky Beard
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    I also use Blog4Umbraco for my blog and it works great.

  • Chris Houston 533 posts 978 karma points MVP admin c-trib
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 23:25
    Chris Houston
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    Another point on the blogs is that the blogger site seems to be indexed by Google extremely fast, i.e. within a matter of hours of a new post it will quite often be findable in their index, possibly related to the fact Google own Blogger? I don't have experience with other blog engines so I cannot give a comparison, it would be interesting to hear from others their experience with indexing speed?

    Chris

  • Claire Botman 48 posts 77 karma points
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 01:49
    Claire Botman
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    If you're an ASP.NET lover don't forget about Blogengine.NET, full featured blog with a good codebase & community & basic support for "pages".  For heavy bloggers I would use that.  Umbraco with Blog4Umbraco is a better choice for a business website with a blog attached.

  • Lee 1124 posts 3061 karma points
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 07:22
    Lee
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    I use the awesome BlogEngine.NET for my blog

  • Lee Kelleher 3987 posts 15554 karma points MVP 11x admin c-trib
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 11:48
    Lee Kelleher
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    WordPress all the way!  Reason? It's a blogging platform... made by bloggers for bloggers.  It's totally buzzword compliant - straight out of the box.

    Comment spam-protection via Akismet (although you do need to register an account on WP.com)

    Then there's the plug-ins ... what can I say, whatever you can think of, there's most likely a plug-in for it! (best of all it's all open-source and "hackable")

     

    With all that said, my biggest problem with WordPress is that it's so popular that it's highly vulnerable - many millions of users - it's big target for hackers. Hence all the security problems.  But if you stay up to date, then the risks are lower (which is so easy now with the built-in auto-upgrade functionality)

     

    ... then for non-blogging sites, there's Umbraco! :-D

  • Rasmus Berntsen 215 posts 253 karma points c-trib
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 14:15
    Rasmus Berntsen
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    Wordpress for blogging and Umbraco for (almost) everything else!

    Wordpress is very simple to use, easy to install, lots of plugins, free templates, very cheap hosts etc. etc.

  • Niels Hartvig 1951 posts 2391 karma points c-trib
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 14:49
    Niels Hartvig
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    I'd go with Wordpress if it's just a blog and nothing else. It's stellar.

    For anything else, I'm biased :-D

  • Warren Buckley 2106 posts 4814 karma points MVP ∞ admin hq c-trib
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 15:14
    Warren Buckley
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    My blog - creativewebspecialist.co.uk is built with Umbraco (think v3.something) with custom XSLT/templates & controls to suit my own needs rather than any blogging platfrom restricting me.

     

  • Kim Andersen 1447 posts 2196 karma points MVP
    Nov 11, 2009 @ 21:42
    Kim Andersen
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    I'm also on Wordpress, when it comes to blogging. For everything else, it's Umbraco off course.

     

    I actually thought of moving my blog from wordpress to Umbraco, but haven't done it yet. And I'm not sure if I will ever do.

    Wordpress is just so easy to use when it comes to blogging, and there is a s*** load of plugins to use for free.

     

    /Kim

  • Martijn Maris 37 posts 235 karma points MVP
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 21:41
    Martijn Maris
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    Thanks for all your replies!

    Then I think I will give Wordpress a try. Although it stil feels a bit unnatural, using a PHP product while being an ASP.NET developer. Although choosing for Wordpress feels more like choosing for a product rather than choosing for a language. At the other hand, choosing for Umbraco as a blogging platform will also give me the opportunity to build plugins and modules that can also be used on non-blogging websites that I create. So that could be a win-win.

    Most important for me is the amount of time I would like to spend setting up my blog, maintaining and extending it. Most of the time there are also customers waiting... so I think an easy system as Wordpress is not a bad choice after all.

  • Niels Hartvig 1951 posts 2391 karma points c-trib
    Nov 12, 2009 @ 23:34
    Niels Hartvig
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    Wise choice!

    It's really awesome to try something completely new every once in a while. A new platform, a new language.

    There's no silverbullet in Web CMS and if for nothing you'll always get inspired.

  • Aaron Powell 1708 posts 3045 karma points c-trib
    Nov 13, 2009 @ 00:05
    Aaron Powell
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    I rolled my own blog engine on top of Umbraco and LINQ to Umbraco :P

    www.aaron-powell.com is almost completely composed of LINQ to Umbraco

  • Jukka-Pekka Keisala 78 posts 192 karma points
    Nov 29, 2009 @ 10:39
    Jukka-Pekka Keisala
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    I have been happy Wordpress user for few years now. If I would start bloging now I would probably setup in wordpress.com so I would not even have to think about updates.

  • Kyle Skrinak 272 posts 327 karma points
    Nov 29, 2009 @ 16:05
    Kyle Skrinak
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    Although it stil feels a bit unnatural, using a PHP product while being an ASP.NET developer. Although choosing for Wordpress feels more like choosing for a product rather than choosing for a language. At the other hand, choosing for Umbraco as a blogging platform will also give me the opportunity to build plugins and modules that can also be used on non-blogging websites that I create. So that could be a win-win.

    If you're a .NET developer, it does matter what framework you use for your blog; and then again, it doesn't. Frameworks can become unproductively insular. WordPress is a "best practice" implementation of a blogging system, so there may be value in seeing how it's done in WP/LAMP and cherry-picking the best aspects of that system for use in .NET/umbraco. I generally wish I saw more good-idea stealing and less framework chauvinism, all around.

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