Back in 2006, I had this nifty idea to jettison comments. First of all, they added little to the immediate subject. Also, I didn’t like the compromises I had to choose from with either anonymity or registration. The more popular my site became, the harder it was to police…unless there was nothing to police.
That led to be put together my site sans commentary. It seemed like it made sense at the time, so I went with it. First I was using TextPattern (and I still keep that thing around, somewhere — I love it). But I went with WordPress. And I turned the comment off. Permanently.
I guess my decision was based on a combination of hype and contempt. WordPress was just getting exciting, with the new version 2.0 starting to hit its stride. Messing with templates was just enough to keep me interested, and to make a site that worked just how I wanted. Not having to style comments, or figure out how to con people into registering was refreshing.
It wasn’t long, however, before I started to find the problems with the platform. While the system works well as a one–blog producer, it really isn’t that complete as a full–site solution. Plus, to get it to do anything, you needed a plugin.
While I found ways to work around the limitations, I kept on running into the same problem over and over again: why am I making the server do all that work on a page that almost never changes? That was the whole point of moving to Movable Type — to cut down on server load for a resource–light site.
It’s funny now seeing the other blogs that are buying into my 2006 philosophy. I got over that earlier this year, when I decided to be more of who I really am. That, and to interact with who I know you are (or don’t know, I guess). Now I’m all about the comments and the peoples. And I think I’m ready for my soapbox…
As a sidenote, this is just me telling anyone that’s gearing up for my comments–less WordPress experience: have you thought of just writing the HTML yourself? I mean, it’d make your server happy, plus you’d learn a new skill!
But for those of you who don’t want to cook it yourself, there’s always Movable Type. It will make the pages work exactly the same while allowing just as many comments. Plus, you can stick it to the man (if you’re really all that against–the–man–y).
As another added benefit, you’ll get the pleasure of answering, “well, have you even tried WordPress?” about 50 times a week. That’s always a reassuring way to let you know that people know what they’re talking about.
Published October 7th. 1,569 views
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