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My Problems With WordPress

Update #2 – The Teleseminar is over. Link to the WordPress notes are here. If you would like a recording of the event, send a blank email to REMEMBER – CLASS CLOSES FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, AT 5P EASTERN.

Update #1 – The interest in this event was a lot bigger than I thought it would be. You can stream/listen to it here live on 9/16/2009 at 5p Pacific. It will go about 90 minutes I guess.

As I write this post into a WordPress Blog, I have to tell you something, … I'm really frustrated with WordPress.

Don't get me wrong, I love it for what it is. I'm even spending money this month to attend an event for the main reason of meeting Matt Mullenweg later this month.

But the frustration is this … keeping up to date with WordPress – plugins, versions, updates, security issues, databases, etc., is more work than anything else out there. It's even easier to keep a stable copy of Windows running these days.

Yes, I know it's free and open source and wonderful (again, I'm using it right now), but it takes way too much time to maintain and, let's face it, you have to be a bit of a “geek” to keep it running.

For us technical types, that's fun, but for people like my Dad (making very decent money on his Gluten Free Celiac Web Blog by the way) it's a big of a pain in the butt.

Do we have alternatives? Yes. There's Squarespace. They ain't WordPress – but they're darn close and they keep track of all of that stuff. Throw in the fact that they host in the cloud and you've got some real insurance on your content being “up” when it really counts.

Yes, less plugins, themes, etc. Certainly a cost associated with. But, friends, THEY DEAL WITH THE TECH NONSENSE and you can focus on creating content.

And, sure, you could outsource management of your WordPress blog – but that will cost far more money than a SquareSpace account would, and you get none of the uptime benefits.

And, if you've been reading this blog for any time at all, you know where I believe the real money is.

So, that's my problem.

My friend and student Christina Hills thinks it's “worth it all.” She's currently running a class on running WordPress for yourself that will be going live this weekend. She asked me if I'd offer it to my list and I agreed – but only on this condition …

Christina needs to first defend the concept that WordPress is for everyone.

So, this Wednesday night at 5p Pacific, on a LIVE STREAMING AUDIO EVENT (you can listen on your phone – or I'll give you a Web page as well), I'll have Christina “prove” her concept.

If she does, I'll let her offer the class to you.

If she doesn't, she leaves without mentioning the link.

Fair enough?

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