Since I went and applied for a job at the college to help them select and set up their Content Management System (CMS), I decided that I should start aquainting myself with more of them than just the one that I am using on my current website.
Wordpress is blogging software that I looked at for my own site and discarded for a couple of reasons. First, Wordpress is blogging software, and I wanted the ability to make my site more of a community site than just a blog.
Second, and an even bigger turnoff for me, was that Wordpress doesn't have threaded responses in the comments. That means that if you comment on my story, and 10 people comment after you, but before I get a chance to repond to your comment, all those other comments will be between your comment and my reply.
Since this is a learning situation I went and set up a Wordpress test site to play with. Who cares if I like it or not, it is just so I can be conversant in Wordpress when I'm talking to someone about various CMS for a job.
One of the biggest selling points to Wordpress is that it is supposed to be very easy to set up. Right up front, I can agree with this. Download the .tar.gz file and extract it. Create an empty MySql database and user, edit a config file and run the install script. It took me all of about 15 minutes, including download time before I was able to enter my first story.
I also discovered, much to my great joy, that there is not one, but several plug-ins that convert Wordpress comments to threaded comments. Yee-Haw! We're cookin with gas now!
It looks like there are piles of other plug-ins to play with as well, so this should be fun.