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Yes it's true - I'm in love with ... Wordpress!

When I built my main site, I did it using Frontpage and, later, with Expressions Web - probably the worst tools ever invented. They have both caused me all manner of difficulties over the years.

To get the functionality I wanted on the site, I have added bits of php and javascript and had to do a lot of HTML by hand. It has been very tedious indeed. But, when I started, tools like Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress simply were not available.

From reading what others on this forum have said, in the past, about Wordpress, I knew that I would try it at some time. The problem was, I was too busy building my site and my system to spare the time necessary to think about learning something new.

How I wish I had tried Wordpress sooner!

For those starting out, I would recommend the 2010 Weaver Theme - it's a brilliant theme that can pretty-much give you any look and feel you want. I managed to get the exact look of the rest of my site by using it.

And I am simply bowled over by the Plugins that are available. In the past, if I wanted to add a feature to my site, I would have to spend ages on Google looking for a script, and then go through a learning curve to get it running. But with Wordpress Plugins, I have added some fantastic functionality with a few clicks.

Here are the best Plugins I have found ...

My Top 5 Wordpress Plugins | Personal Development

I have never heard anyone on this forum talk about the eZinearticles Plugin (it's in my list above) but hey, this is going to make my life so much easier.

Wordpress ... shall I compare thee to a summers day?

er ... sorry, a bit of Shakespeare creeping in there. But, anyway, I love Wordpress.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Ha Ha,

    Hey! Back off there buddy. I found Wordpress first!

    I just installed yet another blog 5 seconds ago.

    Isn't life grand?

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    • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
      Originally Posted by avenuegirl View Post

      Ha Ha,

      Hey! Back off there buddy. I found Wordpress first!

      I just installed yet another blog 5 seconds ago.

      Isn't life grand?

      Yes - and my ISP doesn't even have 1 click install!

      I have seriously got to find another

      Will
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  • Profile picture of the author IM Outsider
    Wordpress rocks! I have used it for businesses, charities, myself and the kids. Quick, clean and simple.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ethan Ooi
    all of my sites are built with wordpress too...it's simply the best!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rsberg
    Welcome to the club...

    The more you learn about it the more you will love it!
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  • Profile picture of the author sanssecret
    Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

    Yes it's true - I'm in love with ... Wordpress!

    When I built my main site, I did it using Frontpage and, later, with Expressions Web - probably the worst tools ever invented. They have both caused me all manner of difficulties over the years.

    To get the functionality I wanted on the site, I have added bits of php and javascript and had to do a lot of HTML by hand. It has been very tedious indeed. But, when I started, tools like Drupal, Joomla and Wordpress simply were not available.

    From reading what others on this forum have said, in the past, about Wordpress, I knew that I would try it at some time. The problem was, I was too busy building my site and my system to spare the time necessary to think about learning something new.

    How I wish I had tried Wordpress sooner!

    For those starting out, I would recommend the 2010 Weaver Theme - it's a brilliant theme that can pretty-much give you any look and feel you want. I managed to get the exact look of the rest of my site by using it.

    And I am simply bowled over by the Plugins that are available. In the past, if I wanted to add a feature to my site, I would have to spend ages on Google looking for a script, and then go through a learning curve to get it running. But with Wordpress Plugins, I have added some fantastic functionality with a few clicks.

    Here are the best Plugins I have found ...

    My Top 5 Wordpress Plugins | Personal Development

    I have never heard anyone on this forum talk about the eZinearticles Plugin (it's in my list above) but hey, this is going to make my life so much easier.

    Wordpress ... shall I compare thee to a summers day?

    er ... sorry, a bit of Shakespeare creeping in there. But, anyway, I love Wordpress.
    Will, we could be twins. My first site was built using Frontpage. I thought it was a breeze to use but then I knew no better. The fact that I managed to actually put together a site was all that mattered.

    I then figured if Frontpage was so easy, Expression Web would be even better. Duh! To this day, I still haven't managed to figure it out.

    I put off using Wordpress because I thought it was too technical, yet I struggled for days and sometimes weeks to put sites together with EW? I can't imagine ever building a site without it now.
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    • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
      Originally Posted by sanssecret View Post

      Will, we could be twins. My first site was built using Frontpage. I thought it was a breeze to use but then I knew no better. The fact that I managed to actually put together a site was all that mattered.

      I then figured if Frontpage was so easy, Expression Web would be even better. Duh! To this day, I still haven't managed to figure it out.

      I put off using Wordpress because I thought it was too technical, yet I struggled for days and sometimes weeks to put sites together with EW? I can't imagine ever building a site without it now.
      I'm through with those Microsoft monsters forever - yay!

      From now on, building new sites will be an absolute breeze.

      Will
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  • Profile picture of the author John Lenaghan
    Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

    When I built my main site, I did it using Frontpage and, later, with Expressions Web - probably the worst tools ever invented. They have both caused me all manner of difficulties over the years.
    I've been using Wordpress for years, since version 1.5 I think, so I'd kind of forgotten the "like new" feeling and just take it for granted.

    But before WP I also used Frontpage for some of my first sites, a couple of which are still around. I sold one of them a while back and had to "de-Frontpage" it and holy cow was it a giant pain in the butt.

    It made me appreciate Wordpress all over again

    John
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  • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
    Hey, you stop looking at my gal, buddy. We don't cotton to no girlfriend stealin' in my neck of the woods.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    Trust me, you will have a hard time proposing to word press because millions others love him/her/it too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Thomas Buckley
    i <3 wordpress. been using it since i was 11
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    • Profile picture of the author Zeus66
      Originally Posted by The16yearold View Post

      i <3 wordpress. been using it since i was 11
      When I was 11 we still cooked with fire and made "phone" calls with two tin cans and a piece of string. But we did have computers. They were called fingers and toes.
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      • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
        When I was 11 we still cooked with fire and made "phone" calls with two tin cans and a piece of string. But we did have computers. They were called fingers and toes.
        You miserable creature. You had computers when you were a kid but you never gave any to the Romans. They only know you for you light bolts lol

        Edit: Ok i take it back before a lightning bolt hits my roof lol
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      • Profile picture of the author DireStraits
        Originally Posted by Zeus66 View Post

        ... and made "phone" calls with two tin cans and a piece of string ...
        Damn - some people have such privileged upbringings! I had to make do with "supermarket own brand" yoghurt pots and tied-together shoe-laces.

        But since Wordpress initiated an apparently polyandrous relationship with me several years ago, my future is looking progressively more fruitful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
      i <3 wordpress. been using it since i was 11
      Damn, i would have been a millionaire if i discovered IM at your age. I was 14 when i started
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  • Profile picture of the author paulie888
    Welcome to the fold, Will. I noticed that there are quite a few people here who are putting up some resistance to using Wordpress. Yes, it may be harder to use than those easy site builder tools which many hosting providers and free websites offer (such as blogger and Weebly), but once you get a taste of how flexible and powerful Wordpress is, there is no going back!

    The Wordpress community is a very helpful and open one as well, so you're never too far away from help when you need it! I just can't imagine a world without Wordpress in it now.

    Paul
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    • Profile picture of the author Bill Farnham
      Originally Posted by paulie888 View Post

      Welcome to the fold, Will. I noticed that there are quite a few people here who are putting up some resistance to using Wordpress. Yes, it may be harder to use than those easy site builder tools which many hosting providers and free websites offer (such as blogger and Weebly), but once you get a taste of how flexible and powerful Wordpress is, there is no going back!
      For some of us dinosaurs it's all the threads here about getting your WP sites hacked to pieces that gives cause for pause.

      What say yee?

      ~Bill
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      • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
        Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

        For some of us dinosaurs it's all the threads here about getting your WP sites hacked to pieces that gives cause for pause.

        What say yee?
        In most of the cases it is user problem: ignorance, easy-to-guess password, files left open (chmod 666 = wrold writable), insecure plugins etc.

        I never had any WP hacked. Yet. Nor had my clients.
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      • Profile picture of the author Will Edwards
        Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

        For some of us dinosaurs it's all the threads here about getting your WP sites hacked to pieces that gives cause for pause.

        What say yee?

        ~Bill
        Hi Bill

        You should take a look at the security Plugin in my list.

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  • Profile picture of the author Diana Lane
    Originally Posted by Will Edwards View Post

    And I am simply bowled over by the Plugins that are available. In the past, if I wanted to add a feature to my site, I would have to spend ages on Google looking for a script, and then go through a learning curve to get it running. But with Wordpress Plugins, I have added some fantastic functionality with a few clicks.
    That's always been one of my favourite things about WordPress - it's almost endlessly adaptable, and so easily. Virtually anything you want to do with it, the chances are that someone from the enormous WordPress userbase has written a plugin for it or has documented the theme modification necessary to get it done.

    It's always a good thing to keep the number of plugins you use down, but there is one that I've been using routinely for so long now that I can't imagine a WordPress admin without it. I find it makes it so much quicker to work with WP. It might make life even easier for you too...

    Wordpress Plugin : Admin Drop Down Menu « planetOzh

    Be careful though. It's a short path of small steps between declaring love for WordPress and staring with geek-like awe and quickening heartbeat at the pages of the WP Codex for hours on end. This isn't love, this is obsession and I couldn't be like it myself. Much
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  • Profile picture of the author dadamson
    I would argue that Wordpress is the best software ever invented

    AND ITS FREE!!
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  • Profile picture of the author altoro80
    yeah wordpress is pretty awesome!!
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  • Profile picture of the author LetsGoViral
    If you really love it so much, maybe you should consider marrying it?

    I mean, if people can marry video games, then why not?

    Jokes aside, wordpress is an awesome platform and I use it for all of my sites. I have learned to fine tune it to fit everything.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lynette Crase
    Another Wordpress lover here.

    Originally Posted by The16yearold View Post

    i <3 wordpress. been using it since i was 11
    I can't even remember what is was like to be 11 There certainly wasn't any Wordpress, or even computers come to think of it.

    Originally Posted by Bill Farnham View Post

    For some of us dinosaurs it's all the threads here about getting your WP sites hacked to pieces that gives cause for pause.

    What say yee?

    ~Bill
    I've been using Wordpress for years and have only ever had one site hacked and that was due to an insecure plugin. Before that I built html sites which was a lot slower and lot more frustrating
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