A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about WordPress, and the fact that there were just way too many updates, plug-ins that needed updates, etc. Honestly, I have been doing some searching, looking for the right client to move to. There are literally dozens of blogging and CMS (Content Management System) clients out there to choose from. Some of them are pretty good, others are not so good. No piece of software is perfect, no doubt about that.
I do want to leave WordPress and move on to something that is more stable, in terms of not having to do constant upgrades. For a person who has one blog, or a couple, it’s probably not a big deal to do an upgrade a few times per month, as is often the case with WordPress. However, I have dozens of blogs, and those upgrades can be quite a time waster. If there is a problem with an upgrade causing a site crash, you can throw away a full day or more. Throw in the fact that plug-ins need constant upgrades too, and you’ve got a full time job there!
There is a problem, though, with leaving WordPress. Switching to a different platform means problems. First, you have to migrate everything from your WordPress installation to the new client. This is not always an easy or seamless thing to do. Sometimes it can’t even be done. For example, I have one blog that has nearly 10,000 comments on it. Moving comments is not easy all the time. Almost all of my WordPress sites have custom themes that I have either built myself or paid to have done. Those themes won’t work with other software, they will have to be abandoned, or ported over to the new platform. That won’t be easy, it will take time, or money, or both.
Thinking about this whole thing gets some ideas flowing in my head. Is it healthy for so many people to be tied in to a single platform? I am talking about the health of the Web here. I mean, if you build up a site with thousands of posts, lots of content and such, you are kind of locked in, as I have pointed out above.
With all of this thinking, I have come to only one conclusion so far… Leaving WordPress isn’t easy! As with other aspects of life, I guess… breaking up is hard to do!