It’s finally happened, I’ve left Tumblr. In the past few months I’ve left SquareSpace and now Tumblr for WordPress. I think each of these services fill a niche that really helps everyone find the service that’s right for them. I see them working like this,
Tumblr: Small quick posts, almost like Twitter but with no character limit. More about sharing than blogging.
WordPress (no custom server): Fantastic blogging engine. Though you can have multiple pages, I feel without your own server it’s more geared towards just blogging, not having a full site. If you want to blog with some pretty powerful tools, this is a great option.
Squarespace: Really good customization of your entire site. Some great tools to build a full site with fantastic analytics. I like their UI that allows you to modify the look and feel of your site in real time. I’ve put this in between the two ways I see WordPress used because the deeper customization of the site can be tricky. For instance, if you want to modify an auto generated element you can find yourself adding CSS like
-moz-box-shadow: 0 0 2px 4px #0b5197;
-webkit-box-shadow: 0 0 2px 4px #0b5197;
box-shadow: 0 0 2px 4px #0b5197;
border-radius: 16px; -webkit-border-radius: 16px; -moz-border-radius: 16px;
Having to crackdown that folderContent3594250 can be tough as those elements can often be more than 12 levels deep in the document tree. If what you need is a simple site and don’t want to have to deal with writing any HTML or CSS, then Squarespace is an amazing service.
WordPress (custom server): This is the inevitable conclusion in my opinion if you really want to customize your site and have a lot of the general heavy lifting of the blogging and cms engine done for you. You get all the great tools of the non-custom server setup and you gain the ability to really customize your site and have full control of the css and html.
Each of these setups are each a level of granularity between ease of use and customization. Each of them fills a need and I think there’s a real place for everyone of them.