Six Apart

New from the MySociety genii:, capsule the curiously-capitalised PlaceOpedia. Think Google Maps ? Wikipedia. Brilliant. Except that, as I write, all the links read


  1. Link fixed – thanks.

  2. Ben Hammersley

    18 June, 2006 at 2:01 pm

    Well, yes, iWeb is great. But I also built Comment is Free, so I’m obviously slightly confused.

  3. 🙂 Oh, I know that, Ben!
    In fact, that contrast between your professional and personal work is one of the things that got me thinking. People seem to be as dogmatic about their blog engines as they are about their OS, so it’s refreshing to see somebody prominent make unusual choices.
    What’s worrying me is that while MT is clearly an appropriate tool for large/complex/subtle sites like Comment is Free, it’s not obvious that it’s right for sites like the Daily Grind here. It looks to me like Six Apart is ceding that middle ground to WordPress. I’m not sure, yet, how I feel about that.
    Meanwhile: OMFG! Ben Hammersley! Here! (etc etc)

  4. 🙂
    It’s all a matter of how much time you want to spend messing around with the code. I moved to iWeb for two reasons. Firstly, it’s just prettier. But second, I got bored wasting so much time administering things. It’s why I stopped running my own servers, and then went from PC to Macs: expressing myself is more important than updating templates or fitting another layer of comment-spam protection. Life’s too short.
    In that regard, I slightly disagree with you. I think we’ll see a move away from WordPress as well, at least as a self-hosted option. and TypePad, or even LiveJournal or MySpace are, at the end of the day, just a whole load easier. I’m seeing this professionally too: the Guardian newsblog, for example, runs off a combination of MT, Flickr and, with the Yahoo search API providing search. Could we run our own photo galleries or linklogs? Sure. But why bother? Life’s too short, as I say.

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