The more I use WordPress, the more impressed I am. It’s easy to use, powerful, highly configurable, and there’s hundreds of add-ons. This blog switched to using WordPress a few weeks back. It allows me to concentrate on the blogging, rather than tech details. However, if it’s geek stuff you like, then jump on in. WordPress is open source and you can tweak it as much as you want.
One real nice add-on is Askimet. It stops comment and trackback spam. Just ftp one file to your WordPress site, and Askimet will check all comments and trackbacks multiple ways, then mark the spam for you. Nice, and it’s free (for smallish blogs.)
To use Askimet you need a WordPress.com API key. To get one, go to WordPress.com and enter your email address. If you pass the mystic test, you will get back an email saying
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away you entered your email address on http://wordpress.com/ to get a blog.
We’re now inviting small groups to use WordPress.com and your email address was selected today!
Your API key will be included. Go to your current WordPress blog (not the new one), install Akismet, enter the API key, and bingo, they promise no more spam. Nice. I’m using it here.
And along with the API key, you get a free blog hosted at WordPress.com. Here’s mine, just a few posts now, however it’ll be growing. I plan to make it a personal blog. Check back often.
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