One of the downside of sporting the ‘Y’ chromosone, is the tendency to setup new kit without reading instructions. In my case a similar thing happened with my sites. I bought a domain and hosting. Then I installed Drupal hearing all the wonderful things I heard about Drupal. What I didn’t do was research to find out installing Drupal on GoDaddy could be problematic. And that Drupal is complicated to setup exactly how you want to. Also it turns out that Drupal is a pain to maintain. At least for me it seems that way.
Maybe the problem is because I am writer. As a writer I tend to view in the lens of literature. World history becomes a story, the Internet looks awfully like a multimedia capable library and all my websites morph into glorified blogs. I just can’t wrap my head around on WHY I actually need a CMS. I fought around with Drupal to get to look not half arsed. And then I installed WordPress for my blog and everything… just… worked! Out of the box. No questions asked. No fiddling around with .htaccess files. No monkeying around for modules just to do something useful.
Now I plan on transitioning my stealth project sites to WordPress. However I don’t want to handle multiple installations. A separate installation for my own personal blog is fine. But not for a separate installation for each project. Especially since all of my self-hosted projects will actually stem from one central project/system. I looked at WordPress MU but it looks too complicated to setup and maintain. I’m trying to avoid hacks if possible. But the WP Hive module/plugin looks promising. I’ll keep you updated on how things progress.
Notes: Excuse if some of my thoughts seem cryptic. Those in the know will understand why I can’t speak plainly about my upcoming projects. Those who don’t know will find out later, once I’m ready to announce my ideas to the rest of the world. And dear GoDaddy admins, fear not. I am not going to start a massive blog network on this hosted space. I just need a single tidy installation to run a few very related websites with different domains. So please don’t swing Thor’s ban hammer at my account. 🙂