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The blog’s return to WordPress

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I’ve been back on WordPress for the last few months!

Did you notice? It's very easy to not have noticed, since I'm using the same theme on my site that I was using with Ghost. At some point I may load a new instance of Ghost up to see if I can see a difference between the two side by side.

Why move back? Well there are a variety of reasons!

Newsletters

I have recently started a mailing list so people can get emails from me when a new blog post goes online. MailChimp can be used without an issue here with Ghost, but for a myriad of reasons I won’t get into now I didn’t want to use MailChimp as my newsletter provider.

It’s always possible I could have coded something myself for the page to do mail lists to my provider (MailerLite by the way…) but I already have the licenses to several different pieces of software that allow me to easily add users to the email list.

Markdown not as big a deal

Since I'm still doing all of my writing in Ulysses anyway, it does not matter all that much if the editor is a regular rich editor vs a markdown editor like I use. I still suggest giving MarkDown a try if you haven't already, as I find it makes it much easer to write.

Sticking with what you know

I have quite a bit of experience in WordPress as well as some background doing web development in PHP (mostly time in college, but still I used it). I found that I had to do a little more research the few times I had an issue than before when I was working with WordPress. In time this would have gone away, but it was a “Switching Cost” that I was not expecting to pay so quickly.

Walk The Walk

If I'm going to be offering building and supporting services for WordPress, I should probably be using the product myself. While not the case, it can give an impression of distrust if I'm not using it myself.

Would I no longer recommend Ghost?

Absolutely not! It is still a fantastic blogging platform to use. I would say my recommendation from when I switched before stands. If your plan is to simply post blog posts to your blog and like something a little more nerdy, Ghost is a great platform. If you're doing more that what is immediately available out of the box, WordPress may be a better platform for you. WordPress being around for so long means there I already likely a prebuilt tool that can solve your exact problem.

 

Have you ever switched platforms?  Let me know in the comments!

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