I have several blogs: 1 x Micro.blog hosted blog plus 2 x WordPress blogs. After the Holidays, I’ll probably migrate my main WP blog (you are here) to some other blogging platform. No matter what I do I will lose my Indieweb features on that blog. But that said, I forsee it becoming increasingly hard for the Indieweb moveement to continue to support WordPress in the coming months and years.
So here are some options I’m considering:
- Blot.im – this is kinda cool. I like that you have a backup of each post on your harddrive plus on Dropbox plus on Blot’s servers. I like that it is compatible with txt files and Markdown plus HTML. My problem is I currently have 2 laptops in rotation and my Blot post files would be scattered between the two harddrives.
- ClassicPress – I know I’m going to use this in the future that I wanted to build with WP. They have a plugin that should convert most WP 5.0 sites to ClassicPress.
- TikiWiki – the admin panel stretches beyond the horizon. It’s a full blog, wiki, discussion forum, article poster, static html page creator, FAQ generator, web directory, newletter engine and more stuff I can’t remember. You just turn the features you are going to use on as needed. Not for beginners.
- Micro.blog – I already have one here. I use it mainly for quick Tweet-like posts. Frankly it’s under utilized. I think that will change if I move to any of the three platforms above. The main problem, for me, with Micro.blog is that anyone that wants to comment must do so on Micro.blog which means that a friend from university following me on an RSS reader (it could happen) can’t really comment on a post or participate in a conversation. MB might get those capabilities someday just not for now. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure out how to overcome this but I’m not coming up with any answers. I do know that if I move to TikiWiki or Blot I will use my existing Micro.blog hosted blog more.
Right now TikiWiki looks the best. It’s got nearly everything and then some. It updates to a new major release every 8 months so it is well supported and not a beta. I can syndicate out to Twitter and Mastodon via my Micro.blog account. I’ll have to give up Indieweb magic until I can figure out how to add bits of that to it. It has comments protected with Akismet. Still thinking.
I’m just posting this to give people a snapshot of my current thinking. This could all change tomorrow. But if you are stuck on WordPress you might want to explore these as options for yourself.
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