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If you've visited my home site before or are on my newsletter mailing list, you may have noticed that they look rather different now. That's because I recently switched from the Joomla! Content Management System (CMS) to WordPress.
Joomla! is a very powerful system and I know it reasonably well; I even wrote a feature article on building websites in Joomla!, but I eventually got tired of fighting to get it to do what I wanted on my home site.
Here are the main reasons behind my switch:
- I finally realised that what I really want on my personal home site is a Blog, and blogging is WordPress's great strength.
- Commenting and pingbacks are vital for engaging visitors and building traffic, and they are built in to WordPress.
- I got tired of hacking my Joomla! template to get it to do things that WordPress can do by default, like
One of the reasons WordPress is such a great blogging platform is the thousands of plugins available to add to its core functionality. There are so many available that it can be hard to choose which ones to use, and it took me weeks to evaluate the best plugins for providing the functionality I wanted on my blog. To save you having to do the same, here are my essential favourite WordPress plugins that I actually use on my site:
Site Structure And Appearance
Advanced Excerpt generates an excerpt of each post on my home page so visitors can browse recent posts to find what their interested in, and click the Continue Reading link if they want the whole thing.
WP No Category Base gives me a more logical structure with my category archives at: http://grahamstoney.com/categoryname, instead of the usual http://grahamstoney.com/categories/categoryname. Note that WordPress SEO by Yoast now has … Continue reading…