WordPress — what I like about you
I’ve been reading a few blogs lately and have noticed that blogs can be fairly confusing: pages look the same, few visual cues that tell you precisely *where* in the blog you might be at any given time. I don’t know about anyone else, but I often feel like I’m going around in circles. Imagine how people who don’t understand what a “blog” is might feel.
Doncha just wish you could see a list of what the heck is on such a site?
This is another acknowledgement, then, to the folks at WordPress. First, they’ve created blog software that can be re-designed with a reasonable amount of ease (given a certain level of skill in coding, of course). I’ve reworked the developedtraffic.com template(s) so that it’s easy to tell whether you’re in a category, for instance; visual cues are a plus.
The other great difference is that many blogs don’t give you much of a clue regarding older posts; are they there? are they not? Either you get a jammed-together stack of links with dates as the link text (this is supposed to tell us what?) or you wonder where all the old posts might possibly be (chances are you won’t find them).
This is another area where WordPress excels: the “narchives” (nicer archives) site map. While usability dictated that I not call that page “narchives” (and calling it “archives” seems to denigrate older posts), narchives is a kind of site map of all posts that can be sorted by date, category, etc. Since blogs generally don’t look or function like “regular” websites in that the home page does not function like an orientation (or routing center, if you will), narchives is the Kinder to Visitors directory setup that I wish all blogs had.
Example: our Site Map.
The gang at WordPress are a nice and helpful crew; visit and search through their forums and you’ll find just about anything. WordPress could be the best bit of free software that I’ve ever had the pleasure of donating for. Twice.
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