29 Jun 2022
Think I already know the answer to this, but nonetheless:
If WordPress didn’t exist, what would you use to power your blog and why?
Pete, if you do know the answer to this one, please do let me know because I don’t think I know the answer! 🙃
It’s a great question, especially since it’s almost a meme at this point that I regularly switch up the platform this blog is based off of. However, I always come back to WordPress.
Here’s some of the platforms I’ve tried in the past:
WordPress powers like 40% of the internet or something, so I don’t think it will be going anywhere anytime soon. But what if Matt and the team decide to go in a direction I don’t agree with, like Ghost have?
My knee-jerk reaction would be to go back to Jekyll — it’s light and I know it fairly well. But like I said, managing content is painful and Ruby can be a bit of pig to manage.
Thinking about it more, I don’t think Jekyll (or any SSG) would be the right platform for me. My requirements are fairly simple:
I currently use Cloudways managed WordPress hosting, which works brilliantly is very reasonably priced.
Jekyll and SSGs are out. Ghost is out. Grav is out. So what would I use if WordPress bit the dust?
If I were to make the decision right know, knowing what I currently know and doing no other research; I’d likely go back to Jekyll, but with something like NetlifyCMS on top of it. It’s far from perfect, and not as functional as WordPress, but it would get me most of the way there.
Are there any managed CMSs out there that align themselves to blogging, which are performant and reasonably priced? If so, I’d love to hear about them. I suppose there’s a reason why WordPress has 40% of the Internet…
I don’t think I’ve answered your question very well, Pete. Sorry about that, but thanks for asking it — I’ve really enjoyed working through the question.
Update: After playing around with Publii, following John’s recommendation, I’d definitely go with that. It looks like a great piece of software and I’m going to start exploring it a little deeper.