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Zeldman on WordPress

Web guru extraordinaire, Jeffrey Zeldman, has spent the last 11 years hand-coding his web site and RSS feeds. No more –Zeldman has switched to WordPress. Now I’m even more miffed that I won’t get to attend AEA Atlanta.

So, why did Zeldman choose WordPress? Not because it’s open source. Not because it’s free. He chose WordPress because it lets him write his content without getting in the way.

To the extent that a content management system can, WordPress thinks like a writer. The workflow is intuitive enough not to trip me up when I’m halfway into an idea. It stays out of my way, giving me only the tools I need, and only when I need them.

In WordPress, it’s easy to create and edit categories, easy to write themelines for all my categories at once, and even easy to tell when I’m writing too many words for the page — because WordPress also thinks like a designer.

He also cites the “live preview” and XHTML compliant output as features that he finds useful. I think that all of us who have ever worked on WordPress have our chests stuck out a little more than usual today. Hey, Matt — say hi to the Z-man for me at SXSW, okay?

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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4 Responses to Zeldman on WordPress

  1. Mark J says:

    I appologize if there are any typos in this comment. My swollen chest is impeding my arms as well as my view of the keyboard. :-D I never thought that Zeldman would be switching to WordPress, and I certainly didn’t think he’d be dedicating three paragraphs of his switching entry to praising a feature that I put into WordPress. Better wrap this up before my swollen head floats me right away from the keyboard!

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  3. Mark,

    That is one of the features that attracted my attention.

    Thanks

  4. i’m lovin’ the blog.

    what wordpress theme are you using? is it something that you created yourself?

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