Thoughts on WordPress

I’ve setup and maintained a blog before but this seemed like the most painless setup process I’ve ever gone through.

  • chose a username
  • chose a password
  • chose a domain (address)
  • Read the terms of service
  • Provided an e-mail address so I could activate my account

When I logged in for the first time I was greeted with the Dashboard and the Control Panel on the left side which was a whole lot to take in at first but the layout of the control panel  made it a breeze to navigate.  My first stop was Appearance>Widgets

Where I made the following changes to the sidebar:

  • Recent Post
  • Categories
  • Tag cloud
  • Twitter
  • Pages

As my blog gets filled with more content I may use the other widgets but that remains to be seen.

My next stop was Pages. Seems like a neat way to include additional information without breaking the “flow” of the Blog itself.  I was thinking of setting a list of  upcoming entries or something.  Possibly sites that I frequent but I’m not positive.

My first post was simple to type up.  I immediately enabled the   Kitchen Sink once I figured out what it was but the fullscreen mode is just as useful to me because typing in the normal text box just isn’t enough for me. Privacy settings, setting up categories and tags are as simple as can be.

I really like how you’re in a secure session when you’re typing up an entry which is something that I never had in any of the other blogging services that I previously used.  A saved list of  past revisions is a welcome feature just in case I need to restore an old edit.

I’m having lots of fun with this service so far and I hope to contribute via my blog.

-Tony

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