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Paul Kedrosky: The World Needs a New Blogging Tool

Paul Kedrosky of Infectious Greed recenty said that the world needs a new blogging tool, and that none of the current tools are good enough.

SixApart’s MovableType’s cumbersome legacy code prevents it from being all that it could be, and Matt & Toni at WordPress could use the competition (and they don’t have it all figured out either — yet!).

I have used Blogger, WordPress, Movable Type and others, and while more great blogging software, might help spur competition to get releases moving forward, and ending what I see to be a bit of stagnation as the different companies stop directly competing more and more, I do think that WordPress still has the best chance to come out on top, and take things to the next level.

I think one thing that WordPress really has to continue to commit to is the idea that one version of WordPress will never be good enough for everyone. And while their hosted service is helping in this realization, I think two or maybe even three WordPress types would also help if they had the man power. A personal package, a business package, and a multiblog package (I don’t count WordPress MU, as it still isn’t good enough, as of last time I tried it.) could really round Automattic’s offerings out, and bring them into as many markets as possible.

What do you think? Are there already enough/too many blogging tools? Or would you love to see a new one created to compete with WordPress, Expression Engine, Movable Type and others?

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  1. billg says: 10/20/2006

    Since I prompted Kedorsky’s post, I want to emphasize that we’re absolutely ready for a new standalone blogging platform, so long as it leaves behind the tools of the past. Face it, the differences between WordPress and any of the other umpteen PHP/MySQL tools is sown to personal preferernce. It’s time for someone to take a freah look at the problem.

    WordPress is good, but that’s no excuse of slavish devotion.


  2. Blog Bloke says: 10/20/2006

    Hi David.

    Although I agree that WordPress is the way to go, I’m not certain if I would want to see several different versions floating out there. It could muddy up the waters a little and cause compatibility problems with plugins, themes etc. In other words it might have the exact opposite effect.

    In my humble opinion what really needs to do is offer a free hosting solution that will allow full access to editing the html and ftp access to directory folders. If they do that they will blow the doors off the competition.

    There will be such a stampede from Blogger et al that the after shocks from the thunderous din will reverberate till kingdom come.


  3. Jeremiah says: 10/20/2006

    I agree with him. I’ve been thinking about moving away from WordPress, but I don’t really have anything to migrate to… other than something I put together myself (which I’m not entirely against). I can’t customize WordPress to be exactly like I want it to be and rolling my own seems like the only way to get all the features I want in one package.

    I have setup many WordPress and ExpressionEngine blogs. While I prefer ExpressionEngine overall, it can’t (easily) do custom (or even logical) URIs and its developers seem more interested in making un-integrated modules than improving the core CMS functionality.

    ExpressionEngine’s administration and versatility are far superior to WordPress, but there needs to be something that meets in the middle between the two.


  4. Joshua says: 10/21/2006

    Nope, we don’t need a new one. We just need to fill the missing features in WP with plugins.


  5. Jeremiah says: 10/21/2006

    I think WordPress depends too heavily on plugins to achieve basic functionality. I don’t want my blogging software to feel to like an OS with gazillions of applications runnings.


  6. Joshua says: 10/21/2006

    WordPress depends too heavily on plugins to achieve basic functionality

    And one day, someone will say, “This new blogging tool has more features than I would ever use.”

    My point is, currently, that “new blogging tool” is not existant, but WP is here.

    When WP + plugins can’t meet your need, that’s when you need a new blogging tool.

    WP is a solid base, you just need to expand/customize it rather than creating something from a scratch.


  7. Gobala says: 10/22/2006

    Can there ever be a blogging platform that will satisfy everyone? I’d agree with Joshua that WordPress is probably the best as it allows the average guy to add more functions (relatively) easily.

    And even with that, I’m having a mojor headach at my forum trying to meet everyone’s demands on what they want their WP blog to be.


  8. Tal says: 11/23/2006

    The last thing that the world (assuming we speak of the same one) needs is a new blogging tool. There are already zillions of sites which only exist in order to inform the (planetarily speaking) marginal number of people who can afford the time and effort of blogging of how they can boost their rankings in order to attract new visitors, hopefully bloggers themselves. I do not condescend because I am part of this. No, really, does the world need new blogging tools or does it rather need social justice and the possibility for everyone to speak freely? The blogosphere seems to be more of a singularity than a sphere, in the sense that it is very, very small. When speaking of the world, that is. Let those who publish with WordPress publish with WordPress, and those who prefer MovableType publish with MovableType. Those who can’t publish anything don’t care, anyway. Or did I take the term “world” too seriously?


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