So I’m playing around with the multi-blog version of WordPress to see how it works out. I had installed just a single copy of the stand-alone WordPress first and that worked just fine, but I’m a little worried about WordPressMU. Not because it’s not working, but because I can’t find where it put the database tables.
I’ve got one database on this hosting account, but that’s not a problem because the different CMS systems prepend their tables with unique identifiers so they stay separate. When I installed the stand-alone WP I could see the tables were marked with WP_ so when I removed it I just dropped those tables. When I installed WPMU it was supposed to do the same thing, but no new tables are showing up in the DB. Yet it’s working. Color me confused. So this post is basically to say that if you notice anything wonky happening to drop me a note and let me know. So far EE appears to be completely unaffected, but you never know.
On the plus side the MU version of WordPress works pretty well and allows for a decent amount of control over what blogs set up under it are allowed to do. One unknown at the moment is whether or not it allows you to use distinct domain names for blogs you’re hosting. It assumes you’ll be using subdomains and that’s fine for some of my blogs, but my mother’s (among others) have their own domain name. Ultimately it’s a toss-up if it’d be better to go with the MU version or just install separate instances of the stand-alone software. It would certainly make keeping track of spam and such across the various blogs, but they would be limited only to the themes and plugins I make available to them. Which may or may not be a bad thing.
At this point I’m leaning in the direction of making the switch. WordPress has come a long way since the last time I played with it and a lot of the features it was missing are now available either in the core or as plugins. I think ExpressionEngine is moving more and more away from blogging and into full-blown CMS territory and it does that very well, but as a blogger I’m feeling a bit left behind. I’d still like to see what EE 2.0 has to offer, but unless I’m blown away I’ll probably be making the switch. The hard part now is converting the 10,000+ entries across 12 blogs (some of which are admitted defunct at this point) over to WP. Not to mention the nearly 78,000 comments in SEB alone. WP has a shitload of importers for all manner of blog systems… with the exception of EE, natch. I suppose I could just start from scratch for SEB and just worry about converting the smaller blogs, but I’d hate to do that. And I still have to decide whether to do stand-alones or go with WordPressMU. I’m sure I’ll be debating it for some time to come. Hopefully EE 2.0 will release more info soon so I can factor that into my decision.