Today’s editorial has been contributed by Joshua Strebel, co-founder of Page.ly, the Managed WordPress Hosting company.
Yes, this post title is filled will juicy controversy. Intentionally so. However consider it from the following point of view.
In the rare cases someones cancels their service at Page.ly we ask them to share with us a reason why. The following is real feedback from a recent corporate customer that is part of the Viacom media conglomerate.
…[We] just want a blog we can easily theme and post to, not [run] a site primary off it. WordPress is over-complicated over-kill for this, Tumblr works fine and is much easier to deal with…
…Tumblr seems to have captured a segment of the market that wants and desires simplicity.
Remember when WordPress was criticized for being “just a simple blogging platform”? Many smart and well intentioned people have worked tirelessly moving WordPress in the direction of a full fledged content management system. I was among those asking for it [more CMS features] years ago. However, was basic blogging ease and simplicity a sacrifice that had to be made? During Matt Mullenweg’s SXSW interview that I attended he mentioned how Tumblr did a great job at simplicity and also mentioned how WordPress is gaining more Tumblr like features (like post formats). StudioPress is following close behind with their recent theme release of Tapestry which is billed as a “Tumblr-like theme”.
Putting aside the flack Tumblr has gotten for their downtime issues of late, they seem to have captured a segment of the market that wants and desires simplicity. WordPress, for all it’s amazing innovation these past few years striving to become the top dawg in the CMS space, may have alienated the users that were happy with a simplified blogging experience.
Is it time for WordPress Lite? What do you think, can WordPress serve two masters: simple blogging and enterprise-level content management?