Posted May 02, 2004 in Blogging.
I am delighted to say that Eric Meyer has now added comments to his weblog. They are disabled by default, but hopefully he'll be opening them up from time to time.
The new feature comes about because Eric is now using Matt and Mike's excellent WordPress personal web publishing platform (weblog tool). WordPress is probably the finest example of a web standards-friendly blogging tool in existence at the moment. I have experimented with Blogger, Movable Type, and WordPress, but I have found WordPress to be much more to my personal taste, particularly in respect to web standards, usability, and semantics.
Why don't I use it, you may well ask? It boils down to the fact that my weblog, indeed my whole website, is in existence because I want to use it as a test bed for my business activities. That means that I fiddle with it constantly as I try to learn the ins and outs of PHP, my preferred server-side scripting language.
However, I would certainly consider using WordPress as the basis for a commercial website. It provides a simple, easy-to-follow interface that I believe my clients (who are usually less web-savvy) can use. Although described by some as a basic content management system, it is actually a very powerful publishing tool.
I believe that Eric Meyer has chosen well. Eric's deep knowledge of CSS will allow him to easily adapt and decorate the clean, semantically-rich XHTML produced by WordPress. And now Eric's readers will sometimes be able to comment on the interesting and insightful things he has to say on Meyerweb. I hope that people don't abuse the new functionality by using the comments to post CSS questions and the like - I am sure Eric doesn't want them used for that.