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New Blog Platform

November 11, 2011

Well, it’s been a while since I posted and I must apologize. Apple, at whose altar I normally pray, threw me for a loop with the release of iCloud. I have been using iWeb since I started blogging, but Apple announced the effective end of life of the application – withdrawing support. So went on a mission to find a new platform for blogging. The winner was WordPress, but to be honest, not one for following the herd, I tried hard to find a different alternative. I tested several applications, including Sandvox, Marsedit, Ecto, RapidWeaver, Weebly, Drupal Gardens, and others.

The reason I chose WordPress was near-ubiquity; there is a full featured web-app, iPad and iPhone apps – and the user support and documentation is terrific. They made it very simple for me to move to their platform. The downsides – (1) no automated method for ingesting my existing blog posts, so it will take a while for me to recover all I had done.  (2) no thick Mac app, so no easy offline batch posting while I am traveling without connectivity. (3) not nearly as easy or cheap for customization as I have been used to having with iWeb.

I’ll live …

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