I have been running a Blog since March 8th of 2010 – just over 3 years. Back then I had just changed roles at Microsoft and blogging was part of the job. I was offered the choice to either blog on the TechNet website or run my own off premise blog. After talking with all of my colleges I decided to run my own blog for many reasons. Control, ownership, flexibility, agility are just a few of the reasons that made up my business justification.
Next I had to choose a blog platform or engine. I looked at a lot of them and had suggestions from everybody on which was the new, best, and greatest so far. Many inside Microsoft suggested I try a .Net engine because it uses our technology. I looked at several of them. They were nice; however, most people I talked to outside Microsoft suggested I use WordPress. I did some testing running the platform and found it to be easy to configure and really fast.
Most of the customers that I work and that also blog use WordPress, so that gave it a bit of a head start on the competition. Lastly, the huge amount of support from the community finalized my decision. I thought you can’t go wrong with WordPress because, it is like IBM was in the 80s, everyone is using it. There is a plugin for just about anything. I just checked and there are 24,410 plugins available today. The hard part is to know which plugins to choose. I will share what I know on great plugins in a future post.
Over the last three years I have been very happy with my decision. WordPress has worked well and I have been able to grow my web presence to about 14,000 unique viewers per month using an inexpensive shared hosting plan. I have switched ISPs once and I am planning a switch to Azure IAAS. Currently I use Azure for my testing site and then my ISP for the production host. When Azure IAAS comes out of beta, I will be moving my production site there also.
WordPress currently powers about one out of every six websites on the internet. That is nearly 60 million sites and the number keeps increasing every day. I think it is fair to say “you can’t go wrong with choosing WordPress”.
With that in mind I am writing a series of Articles on running WordPress. You can find the whole series here: Running WordPress on Microsoft’s Azure Public Cloud–The Series