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My First Experimentation With Wordpress

I've been a loyal MovableType user for many years both on this site, and I use it at Cascade Winds as well. It's a very nice, powerful system. But, just for kicks and giggles, I decided to try something else for a new site.

My father-in-law is an elder at his church, and they had been using a Blogger for their site where they (basically) just posted their weekly sermons in MP3 format. Last week, I casually mentioned that I could set them up with a better site that they could edit, upload files, etc... so that they wouldn't have to rely on folks to do it (as the guy that was updating their old Blogspot page wasn't always available to do it).

Well, I just thought it was a casual mention and I didn't think anything of it until my wife came back from church on Sunday and said that everybody was excited about getting a new site. So I had to produce something, and fast.

Since my server has Fantastico installed, I knew I could one-click install a variety of packages. Since I had been meaning to play with Wordpress, and after looking at some other sites that were done locally by Andy I knew it had good Podcasting support (as long term, I'd like to make this a weekly podcast for them), I figured I'd give it a whirl.

So, in the few hours of time I've found to work with it, here's the first draft. I've tweaked the template a bit, and still have some work to do (like converting the MP3s into actual pod enclosures, doing some template tweaks, getting their logo, and figuring out why some of the links are in the order they are), but it's there.

So how's Wordpress compared to MovableType? Well, I'm a PHP guy, not a Perl guy, so for the most part I at least understand what it's doing. The interface has a lot of "pretty" things (colors fading, highlighting, etc...). Installing the tons of available themes is far easier than in MT (though maybe the Six Apart Style Contest will change that). Actually configuring them took a bit of work, as I initially couldn't figure out what PHP file powered what. I also need to create some additional templates, and still haven't quite figured out how to do that (I've been in the system a total of like three hours, mind you). Since I'm really familiar with MT tags, it took me a bit to figure out how to pull information from Wordpress (or delete it), but the Wordpress Support site was easy to find stuff in.

But I'm slowly figuring it out, and may possibly use it in the future since MovableType's licensing sometimes doesn't allow the stuff I'm planning on doing.

But any input is gladly appreciated -- and expect things to tweak and change over the next few days (especially once I figure out the CSS for the theme I chose).

Posted by Jake on 04/11/06 @ 04:16 PM
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