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Back to Blogging, on WordPress Not SharePoint

Posted by workerthread on May 24, 2011

OK, this blog has been pretty quiet of late and at some point a while back I did think about running a separate blog for SharePoint-related stuff, having acquired a hosted SharePoint site courtesy of FPWeb.net.  Well, having spent more time understanding how best to manage a public-facing SharePoint blog, I’ve taken the decision to stick with the WordPress one you’re reading right now for everything.   There are several reasons for this:

  1. If you are allowing anonymous comments on your SharePoint blog, it’s much more difficult to manage these than it is in WordPress, so you need to try fiddling around with the comments list columns and probably want to add something extra to weed out spam bots.  It’s also not ideal if you want to capture simple non-intrusive information about who is commenting.  You can see lots of examples of this among SharePoint bloggers (take a look for instance at the comments entry form for any of the posts on the current SharePoint Product Group blog).
  2. The Akismet spam filter that WordPress provide does a pretty good job of catching spammers without any intervention from me.
  3. I noticed that even FPWeb bloggers host their blogs on WordPress rather than using SharePoint !

One thing that I (and several other WordPress bloggers) have noticed recently is the appearance of automatically generated links which click through via viglink.com.   From what I can see, these are being generated by WordPress themselves as a way of tracking (and somehow monetising?) popular links, but would be interested to hear if anyone knows more about this.

I’m also keen to have a change from the current WordPress theme (Contempt at the moment), so if anyone has a suggestion for a replacement which looks good with the WorkerThread colour scheme let me know.

So – I have some new posts in progress and these will be appearing here shortly…

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One Response to “Back to Blogging, on WordPress Not SharePoint”

  1. There’s no way around the fact that the SharePoint blog module sucks. I can’t believe in 2010 it’s still that horrendous.

    As a former WordPress consultant turned SharePoint consultant, as far as blogging is concerned, aren’t even in the same stratosphere for flexibility and the writing experience.

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