Apr 25

Irish Or European Alternative To WordPress?

by in Hosting

As I mentioned some time ago, the WordPress site does not list ANY non-US hosting companies.
They're now running an adwords campaign with the text "Top 5 WordPress Web hosts, Chosen by the users & developers
of the WordPress blogging software"
Lovely!
They won't list non-US hosts and they expect the public to swallow their bull about the listed providers having been "chosen"
So, my question is...
Does anyone know of an alternate blogging software / platform that isn't so US-centric?

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17 Responses to “Irish Or European Alternative To WordPress?”

  1. From Damien:

    I’m surprised to see that, given the obvious Irish involvement with WordPress. It would be great if they setup a scheme for hosts/agents around the globe. It could be managed very easily.
    As someone who relies on both WordPress and Blacknight, I know how well the two play together!

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 11:39 am #
  2. From michele:

    Damien
    They don’t care. They’re doing that wonderful American trick of sticking their heads in the sand like ostriches and yelling “America is the centre of the universe”
    It really gets on my nerves!
    Michele

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 11:43 am #
  3. From Stewart Curry:

    If their heads are in the sand, how can they yell?

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 12:40 pm #
  4. From James:

    Perhaps they could have an official partner in every country, for commercial support/consulting, etc., like Moodle do.

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 1:44 pm #
  5. From michele:

    Stewart – meh. It was a mixed metaphor that got a bit tangled
    James – Any attempts I’ve made to contact them about this have been met with deafening silence.

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 1:46 pm #
  6. From Keith Gaughan:

    Stewart: When you’ve got your head in the sand, there’s only one end the noise can come from… ;-)

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 2:50 pm #
  7. From Keith Gaughan:

    BTW, is there any way you could make the Amazon links a bit more obvious? It’s annoying to hover over a link and have product information panel pop up. Double-underlining, maybe?

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 2:54 pm #
  8. From michele:

    Keith – I’ll have a look at the code generation on the Amazon side. If I can’t change them I’ll just remove them. It was more of an experiment than anything else …

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 2:57 pm #
  9. From Robert Synnott:

    Michele, Amazon gives you the option to have differently-coloured or double-underlined links for that thing. Is anyone actually buying stuff through it, by the way?
    RE: WordPress, does it really matter which hosts they list? It’s just a tool, after all, and PHP hosting is sufficiently common these days that it should run more or less everywhere.

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 4:16 pm #
  10. From michele:

    Rob
    Thanks – I’ll go check out the settings and make the change. No sales as yet :)
    Re WordPress – I think you’re missing my point. The kind of people who are likely to choose hosts based on the WP site recommendations won’t be aware of PHP

    Posted on April 25, 2007 at 4:24 pm #
  11. From Paul:

    I would just like to point out that ostriches don’t stick their head in the sand.

    Posted on April 26, 2007 at 1:27 am #
  12. From Gregory:

    Michele,
    I advise you to checkout DotClear 2. It is a French project, and I find it much nicer than WordPress.
    http://www.dotclear.net/en/
    It powered thousand websites.

    Posted on April 27, 2007 at 10:33 am #
  13. From michele:

    Gregory
    Thanks! I’ll definitely look into that.
    If I could find a sane replacement I’d be more than happy to move away from WP completely
    Michele

    Posted on April 27, 2007 at 12:22 pm #
  14. From Gregory:

    In case you still doubt about the power of this system, I can only advice you to visit some serious websites, such as :
    http://www.gandibar.net (blog of Gandi, french ICANN registrar)
    http://www.blogeek.ch (dotclear in action)
    http://www.campingclairdelune.fr/tests/?gallery/dotclear/themes-dc-2#gallery (Templates show page)
    Make sure to fetch the 2 (it is much nicer than the one, more complete, more flexible, and has many great features for fighting spam).
    You can add a nice spam-fighting plugin called ‘spamplemousse’.
    Enjoy.

    Posted on April 27, 2007 at 12:35 pm #
  15. From Robert Synnott:

    Well, this is partially European, but probably not quite what you’re looking for (almost impossible to host on a standard shared web hosting system, and so on).
    http://cyrusharmon.org/projects?project=nuclblog

    Posted on April 27, 2007 at 4:07 pm #
  16. From michele:

    Robert
    Either a php or perl or possibly even RoR solution
    ie. something that can be deployed relatively easily
    Michele

    Posted on April 27, 2007 at 4:10 pm #
  17. From Paul:

    I also recommend DotClear 2

    Posted on May 5, 2007 at 6:17 pm #

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