1 month blogging with Drupal

It's been about a month since I made the switch from WordPress 2 to Drupal 4.7 to power my blog. There have been some ups and downs, but I have to say that I have absolutely no regrets about the move, nor do I plan on moving back any time soon.

Some things I still miss from the WordPress days though -

  • commenters able to subscribe to a thread of comments via email. sounds old school, but it REALLY helps keep conversations going.
  • actually, that's just about it.

There are some little niggles, like not being able to use the Flickr.module to integrate my Flickr sets here, but that's a limitation of DreamHost's security setup (disabling fopen), not of Drupal. If that REALLY bugs me, I'll look at hacking the Flickr.module cache code to not require fopen...

Once Drupal has been configured, it's no harder to run than WordPress. It performs as well (or better) once caching has been enabled. The threaded comments are great. The custom node types are really handy - I'm not using them so much on this blog (yet) but am using them quite a bit on some project sites.

The set of modules I'm using has evolved over the past month. I think I've come up with a pretty decent set of modules for a blogging platform in Drupal. It's not perfect, but it does the job quite nicely. 

I'd recommend WordPress for new bloggers, but I'd wholeheartedly recommend Drupal for people that want to take advantage of some of the more flexible content management stuff available in a higher-end app. Not a shot against WordPress at all - the two platforms serve slightly different (and complementary) roles.

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