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  1. @mdrockwell most people think WordPress is slow and unsafe. Most exposure to it is with slow shared webhosting and horror stories of hacked websites.

    Untill recently I thought WordPress was really slow, it wasnt untill I set it up myself on Digital Ocean that I found something fast and affrodable.

  2. @mdrockwell I like the idea of static sites and having everything in plain text markdown that’s easily portable to a different platform if needs change. To me it feels like less moving parts with static as opposed to WordPress, which to me equates to fewer points of failure.

  3. @mdrockwell I’m like you. I think a lot of static site generator fandom is based on either “WordPress sucks!” or “PHP sucks!” but all I’m seeing is that the complexity moves from the webhost to your computer, and instead of webhosting you’re reliant on other third parties like Netlify. 🤷

  4. @gr36 interesting. I think the low-friction nature of plugins and themes likely contributes to this — both installing and developing. You sort-of have to be careful with what and how much you install.

    On the security front, built-in support for automatic updates is a huge development and is still a fairly new feature.

  5. @peterimoore that pricing is just for the first year and I think only if you sign up for yearly billing. You can change the billing frequency at-will, though. So it will go up when it renews for me. I’ll probably keep yearly billing since it’s cheaper than monthly in the long run.

    But I was with Media Temple previously and paid for SSL certs separately. So even their monthly billing will be cheaper for me than what I had before — because I’m hosting so much on it.

  6. @mdrockwell There are benefits to WordPress but there is a lot users don’t understand.

    Plugins don’t help, no. When you fist start out you just install this and that plugin, loads of themes and don’t realise that it all make a difference to speed and website bloat.

    Security and updating is an issue of PR. For example look at the jetpack plugin. The widget thing shows it is blocking ridiculous levels of login attempts and it could scare users.

  7. @mdrockwell For me, it’s just that I don’t really like the WordPress UI, and I happen to love the Ghost one. So I default to Ghost.

    That said, I believe it’s fundamentally important that we have multiple, competing CMSes for the health of the ecosystem.

  8. @adders oh absolutely! A healthy CMS market is extremely important!

    And I totally understand the UI criticism. There are some neat admin themes available, but none of them are particularly popular. I’d like to see some advancements on that front in WordPress Core.

  9. @gr36 for me it’s not about the cost, so much as I don’t want to spend the time managing a web-facing server. I could do it, but I’d much rather have something managed for me, or just use a server-less static option. I’d rather save my time and focus on myself and my content.

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