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  •  Really? I'm getting so much positive buzz (1+ / 0-)
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    about WordPress that I'd like to know more.  Can you link to anything describing these problems so I can review them?  (I just don't line blogger's lack of features, but maybe I should check it out again, as well as what you recommend.)  Thanks.

    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

    by Major Danby on Sun Feb 25, 2007 at 03:25:14 PM PST

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    •  nothing you can do (1+ / 0-)
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      It's a matter of poor coding practices by the developers.  

      do a search for wordpress here:

      http://nvd.nist.gov/...

      They are generally patched by the developers fairly quickly, but that still means reinstalling the software and work on your part.

      •  I took a look at serendipity (0+ / 0-)

        It's impressive, but it looks like maybe difficult for a relative novice.  I also worry about something that is run by one person who could get hit by a bus.

        My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

        by Major Danby on Sun Feb 25, 2007 at 09:39:16 PM PST

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        •  no different than wordpress in that regard (1+ / 0-)
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          Because serendipity is open source with many people contributing code, the loss of a primary developer would not prevent the community from maintaining it.  This is one of the main advantages of the open source development model.  

          The initial installation and configuration is going to be the most difficult part of dealing with any web application.  You might need some help there.  The easy install of wordpress also makes it easy to shoot yourself in the foot if you don't know what you're doing.  

          One of the advantages of serendipity is the plugin system which lets you automatically install and configure plugins without having to download them and ftp them to your site and configure them manually.  

          Ease of use vs features is always going to be where the tradeoffs are.

          Another one that's worth a look is lifetype. http://www.lifetype.net/

          I'm currently using it as the basis for a small advertising supported blog hosting service that I'm developing for a mental health community.  If it works I may do something similar in a political vein.  

          •  I agree that opensource is a better model (0+ / 0-)

            The problem is that, as a non-programmer who really needs something fairly turnkey, I am afraid that I won't be able to get advice from people through forums, etc.  I'm sure that they would be willing to give advice, and that you would understand it; the question is whether I would understand it.  But I'll take another look.

            My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

            by Major Danby on Sun Feb 25, 2007 at 10:39:49 PM PST

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            •  Moveable Type? (1+ / 0-)
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              If you were to look at commercial software, Movable type is nice. Really nice.

              Also take a look at their hosted solution, typepad.

              http://www.typepad.com/

              I'd recommend either paying someone to do the work or finding a hosted solution you can work with.  Since you didn't specifically mention a budget (or maybe I missed it) I assumed you weren't wanting to go that direction.

              •  I was with typepad before -- wasted money (0+ / 0-)

                I'd like to find something free, secure, stable, and simple, to start with.  After it gets going, then I'd consider shifting -- possibly to typepad or elsewhere.  Yes, eventually I expect to pay, but not at the beginning (this time.)

                I appreciate your advice here, by the way, if it's not clear.

                My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

                by Major Danby on Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 12:16:49 AM PST

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                •  a couple places to look (0+ / 0-)

                  http://www.opensourcecms.com/...
                  http://en.wikipedia.org/...

                  I'm not sure you can find all those things in one place that still offers you the degree of control you might want.  Did you ever look at Vox?  It's got some of the same technology in it as movable type and type pad but is a free service with some social networking functionality inherited for LiveJournal which is owned by the same parent company.  That and blogger are preferred free blog hosts. Particularly now that blogger is owned by google, it should be around for a while.

                  Running a blog hosted at wordpress.com is probably a lot more secure than running it as a standalone, but that's only because holes get fixed as soon as they found and not because the code isn't an ungodly nightmare.

                   

                  •  What do you think of Blogger's code? (0+ / 0-)

                    I'm a Google fan, so that makes it more appealing.

                    My apologies to students who took my U.S. Government class in the 90s: evidently the Constitution doesn't limit Presidential power after all. Who knew?

                    by Major Danby on Mon Feb 26, 2007 at 04:06:31 AM PST

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                    •  it's not public and never has been (1+ / 0-)
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                      There's no real reason for it to be since it can't be installed anywhere else.

                      That's where I have my personal "friends and family" blog, the only one I have going right now.  I do web crap to pay rent so I can't really be bothered with anything requiring work for personal stuff.

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