It's been a while since I've posted to this blog, and there's really no excuse I can give except this: I got bored. Of course, there was plenty of work to be done, but I really just got tired of DotNetNuke. My solution to break free from this crushing boredom? Switch platforms!
I'd been toying around with the idea of learning a new framework, and I really thought that I wouldn't want anything else until there was a legitimate CMS built on top of Microsoft's MVC platform. While I still believe that MVC will be the future of Microsoft's web stack (sorry WebForms!), I finally faced up to the fact that there won't be a mature contender in that category for a bit longer. So, my other options?
I had really liked the concepts behind Umbraco when I tested it out a few years ago, but it was far from perfect and lacked much of the drop-in functionality of DNN. It's still not perfect, but two years of dealing with DNN's obvious design deficiencies finally got the best of me. After giving it a few days of solid examination, I'm sold. Unless I have a compelling reason to use DotNetNuke, Umbraco will be my new framework of choice.
I recently built a site for a local political candidate in Drupal. They had already purchased hosting and instead of trying to get the money refunded, I decided to see why it was so popular. It turns out, Drupal is a lot of fun to design for, giving you as much freedom as Umbraco. The administration terminology took a little time to get used to, but with the right modules, it's easy to use.
I've also had the opportunity to build two sites in WordPress, and I am constantly amazed at the level of thought given to the user experience. I don't use the words 'stupid simple' often, but WordPress is the yardstick I would measure that concept by. You'd think something as simple as a feedback form would be installed by default, and getting a backup script installed took a little shoehorning. Overall, though, I have trouble recommending anything else to someone just looking to turn a key and blog.