Making A Case For WordPress As Your Blogging Software Solution

by Paul Wilson


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These days I use wordpress for anything related to web management or development, or at least some variation of wordpress (bbpress, buddypress, and anything else press). Recently, I received a forwarded email from a friend who was making a case for wordpress. The email was to the executive leaders of his company who are thinking of creating a custom blog system from scratch and trashing their current wordpress blog they’ve had for over a year.

I do not doubt other individuals have run into similar issues with their own company. When I worked for Oracle I spoke with many billion dollar companies who felt they could create something better than what Oracle had.

I figured my friend made a strong case for wordpress and I posted his (edited) letter below. I am sure that there is a history to why they are considering pulling wordpress, but I am familiar with their blog and I cannot think how a custom solution would be better than wordpress.

I know there are your die hard drupals and joomlas advocates out there. And I have gone the rounds many times on which open source system is better. However, you could easily pull out wordpress in my friend’s letter and make a similar cases for other open source CMS software. What it comes down to is that a company that specializes in XYZ (not blogging) should be prepared for a lot of work and headache when they think they can do better than what’s already been tested and proven.

Thanks Tom for providing more fuel to the debate on this subject!

My Friend’s Letter

[VP of Marketing],

In case you need any justification of why we used WordPress in any meetings with [CEO].

1. To custom build our own blog software would have taken our programmers away from our core business projects and put them on blog programming. From what I can tell WordPress has 5 lead developers and 6 contributing developers let alone the thousands of plugin developers that contribute content. We didn’t have the time or budget to create from scratch.

2. WordPress is a well respected blogging software. Trusted by many well known organizations and people for example:

3. My web team is more experienced in WordPress over any other blog software.

4. WordPress is free. This compared to commercial content management systems which can cost plenty of dollars. I have implemented costly content management systems before such as BroadVision which is used by many large corporations, but those implementations cost us close to a million dollars to implement. We went with Broadvision at the time because it was “cheap” compared to other companies such as Vignette. Now that was a few years ago and prices for software and implementation consultants may have changed since then, but I felt corporate resources would be more beneficially used for the other projects or other system improvements this company needs to make investments in than in a content management system.

[Interactive Media Director]

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