[Ubuntu Oregon] Ubuntu-us-or Digest, Vol 151, Issue 2

James Bradley jim at oregoncanoesport.com
Wed Sep 10 17:19:10 UTC 2014

On the issue of hosting an independent Ubuntu Oregon website, you might
want to consider Automattic's free WordPress hosting. In case you aren't
familiar with that service, let me elaborate.

Automattic is a primary vendor of WordPress-based hosting and products.
They offer free hosting under a wordpress.com URL. WordPress offers a
number of advantages, along with some limitations.

On the plus side, with WordPress site maintenance is greatly simplified.
In the case of Automattic's offering, they take care of updating all the
software. WordPress itself is extremely easy to implement and manage.
Designed to facilitate blogging, it also supports more presentational
formats. It allows for granular permissions to accommodate multiple
authors and administrators. The ability to control comments and limit
spam is well designed. A wide variety of themes are offered and many
incorporate responsive design characteristics, allowing for hassle-free
support of multiple device parameters.

On the downside, WP is bloated and not particularly efficient. It is
written in PHP and some customizations require at least a superficial
knowledge of that rather arcane and inefficient language. Additionally,
properly implementing customizations requires some knowledge of WP's
internal functioning. In some cases, it is difficult to prevent
customizations from being overwritten by updates. For the most part,
these considerations only affect the primary administrator of the site.

So, there it is, for your consideration.


On 09/10/2014 09:38 AM, Patrick Olson wrote:
> On Wed, September 10, 2014 8:38 am, ∅ wrote:
>>> Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 10:28:20 -0700
>>> From: "Patrick Olson" <compman42 at linuxusers.us>
>>> The URL that I think would be the easiest to give people verbally (for
>>> example you meet someone who seems interested in learning more) is
>>> probably facebook.com/ubuntuoregon as it's simpler than the other URLs.
>> Disagree. Not everyone wants to be on Facebook. In fact, some people
>> are vehemently opposed to it.
> OK I was just trying to make the URL simpler for cases where someone is
> going to have to remember it and/or type it in. If you tell someone
> wiki.ubuntu.com/OregonTeam and they type it in without capitalizing the O
> and the T, it says the page doesn't exist.

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