Voice Of San Diego Switches To WordPress CMS | 10,000 Words ::decreasing use of proprietary environments::

Voice of San Diego website

In (Voice Of San Diego) CEO Scott Lewis’s announcement blog post, he buried the coolest part at the bottom: The news site has migrated from a proprietary system over to WordPress. To me this is the best part of the announcement because it’s the very thing empowering all the other cool features they’re launching. The reason for the switch — though painful, as any major CMS overhaul is — was that they simply needed to be able to hire more people and innovate more quickly…

It always baffles me when news organizations spend millions of dollars on content management systems when that money can better be spent on hiring developers to build out custom tools and solutions on top of free, existing, modern, well-documented, well-supported, frequently-updated, universally-known open source software.

Read the full piece at 10,000 Words

As noted in a recent RackSpace review:

“There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here; it depends on your goals, technical expertise, budget and what you need your site to do. For a simple blog or brochure-type site, WordPress could be the best choice (while very friendly for non-developers, it’s a flexible platform also capable of very complex sites). For a complex, highly customized site requiring scalability and complex content organization, Drupal might be the best choice. For something in between that has an easier learning curve, Joomla may be the answer.”

These days, I rarely find a project for which I need to go beyond highly customizing a WordPress theme and linking in external media services. I can’t even remember the last time I fired up Dreamweaver. /kjn

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