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May 17 2004

Content Management Your Way

I just finished reading Eric Meyer’s post about his switch to Wordpress, and I thought I’d throw in my two cents on the subject.

I should mention that this post is in no way a bash against how Eric manages his content. Eric knows far more about CSS than I probably will ever want to know. My specialty is programming, so I’m looking at the subject from a coder’s point of view.

There are lots of great content management systems out there. They all have their advantages and drawbacks, and I have nothing against using any of them. But for any self-respecting programmer out there, I think you’ll agree that by the time you find, download, install, configure, edit, tweak, and learn how to use any of these systems, you could have made your own and had something customized to your needs. Besides a few borrowed regex patterns, I’ve coded 100% of this site myself. And I think it works pretty well. I’m sure there will be glitches, but the best part is that I’ll know exactly where to fix them right away. In addition, should anyone point out to me a way for the site to be made better, I won’t have to go searching for a mod package to solve my problem, I can just fix it myself.

I would encourage anyone interested in learning how to program, in any web language, to build your own content management system. If you need any help, just let me know. If you think I need help, let me know too.