Switched blog software to WordPress

A lot of you may know, I have gone through several different blogging software solutions on my servers over the years. As a computer guru and programming geek, I always wanted software that was easy to customize, easy to tweak, secure, and very robust. Being an advanced computer user and developer, meant I could do more than what most people could. I used to design websites by hand since the early to mid 90s. So my standards are very high for software.

I started out in 2004 with Ublog, which is still up and running on my oldest blog address.  I later would install dotnetblogengine.com’s blog software which was far more advanced and more powerful and looked much better. And currently I am on WordPress for a multitude of reasons.

Ublog was my first dynamic website generated from a database back end. It was very powerful at the time and served it’s purpose. But as the internet aged and blogging became more powerful and had far more advanced features, Ublog just wasn’t enough.

I did a lot of research and settled on dotnetblogengine and it served me well up until a few weeks ago. I was an Active Server Pages, .NET, Javascript, and VBscript programmer and could easily customize it to my liking. It had many advanced features and was fairly secure. The problem was that it did not have enough extensions and plug-ins. As sharing and social media became so crucial to internet use, dotnetblogengine couldn’t keep up. They also had a few security breaches that allowed hackers to insert blog posts and malicious links through backdoor methods. This was very unsettling. Further, their support was not capable of handling all the emails and requests for solutions, so I had to make a change.

I settled on the tried and true, and most popular blogging platform, WordPress. Huge community of developers, programmers, easy to use, and very secure. Migrating from dotnetblogengine to wordpress wasn’t easy, I will describe that in a later post, but I was able to do it.

I didn’t go with WordPress right after Ublog, because they were having security issues at the time. Those all seemed to have been resolved now.

WordPress websites now look very stylish, very clean, load quickly, and are very secure. There are millions of plug-ins and add ons. Also, there are millions of themes you can install. WordPress is no longer just a blogging platform, but has become a Content Management System and allows websites to do far more than blogging. You can create an online store, a news website, photography showcase, and tons more.

It’ll take a while for Google search to index my new blog and change the links to all my favorite and most popular posts, but it’ll be worth it in the end.

Thank you for following me over the years and reading my blog! If you have any suggestions, let me know!