These are my initial impressions to using [Wordpress], the blog engine I’m now using for the site.
First some background; I’ve done web development before, so this is an area I’m comfortable with. Honestly, though, the only skills you need are the abilities to edit a text file and to use FTP.
Installation was actually really easy. Download the application from [Wordpress], edit a config file, upload everything, view a installation wizard on the web, and it’s up. So, getting hold of a basic site was really very simple, certainly compared to other blog engines and [cms’s][cms] I’ve tried
What’s really nice, though, is the ability to add themes and plugins. Themes are visual ‘stationary’ for the site, and there is a [master site][themes] which has loads of themes to choose from. just download a theme’s `zip` file, and unpack it into a `themes` folder, and it’s ready to go. [Plugins] are about as easy, too; plugins provide some clever additions to the site. For example, I’m using the [slickr] plugin to [show my flickr photos][photos], and [reCAPTCHA] to keep spambots out of my comments.