Eric has comments

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.


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    I'll be honest: when I switched over to WordPress, commenting ability simply came along for the ride, and I eventually decided not to rip it out of the system. I figured that the capability is there, so I may as well use it when doing so makes sense, but that will rarely be so (at least for the foreseeable future). I opened comments on my "anyone managed to do audio chat?" post, since I wanted direct responses to a direct question. That made sense. On the other hand, posts will by default by open for [ping|track]backing, so there's still the ability to tie a response to one of my posts.

    So when I make observations or muse aloud or what have you about the state of the Web, CSS, new technologies, and all that, odds are very high that comment posting will stay off. I'll leave pings open since it allows people who have reactions strong enough to post tie their thoughts into mine, as it were. Those who disagree can present another view and have it linked to from my post, for example.

    Posted by Eric on May 02, 2004.

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    I hope that in the future you will change your mind about commenting. Opening up commenting on this blog was one of the best things I have ever done. I was wary at first, because I was afraid that the system would be abused. Happily (with one or two exceptions), most of the comments have added value to anything I have written.

    One of the reasons I like your writing style (I have all your books) is because you write in a friendly, conversational manner. It is almost as if you are opening up a dialogue with your reader. Your weblog is the same, and I've lost count of the number of times I've wished I could post a comment about something interesting you have said.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 02, 2004.