As a proud WordPress user, I attended the early demo presented by Matt Mullenweg (of WordPress). I thought it was going to be a basic “here is WordPress” like session. I must say, I was more than surprised by what I heard.
Matt announced WordPress.com, a new hosted version of WordPress. The feature set is really amazing – a completely managed version of the latest stable version of WordPress, domain parking, and on the fly category creation for starters. Then add on the awesome drag-and-drop administration interface, an advanced WYSIWYG editor, and it seems too good to be true. But it gets even better, it’s free!
Of course, WordPress.com is not available just yet. Today’s presentation by Matt was the first public demo. Stay tuned for more info.
On a separate but related note, I thought a couple of quick reasons for why I use WordPress might be helpful –
- Flexibility - WordPress adapts to your needs. If there is something you think is missing, chances are there is a plugin for it. Case and point, I wanted my blog to be tightly integrated into my web presence and utilized WordPress to do so.
- Customizable - Your WordPress template is completely customizable. CNET actually utilizes WordPress to manage its web presence.
- Vibrant Open Source Community – If you have a question, it will be answered quickly. The WordPress Codex and support forums are always updated frequently.