…[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…
This was the feedback given to Joshua by one of their corporate customers. Indeed its kind of scary for WordPress to know that people are switching to another platform because the number of features of WordPress can be over-whelming for many users (I’m adding “many” because both Tumblr & Posterous have an awesome user base). However, isn’t it too soon to consider Tumblr as an alternative of WordPress? or to even consider it as The New “Old WordPress” ?
Considering the fact WordPress can do everything that Tumblr has to offer and much more, I believe that Tumblr should be on its toes to fight what can be from “some competition” to “lots of competition” in a short span of time!
To come directly on the point, how difficult can it be a for a big WordPress development agency (I’m sure WooThemes can pull this off, looks like they already are thinking about similar stuff!) or a WordPress web hosting company (I would bet on & would want WPWebhost to come up with something like this) to come up as competition of Tumblr using WordPress? WordPress already has features like Tumblr (read: “Post formats” , “QuickPress” & few others that make Tumblr a good offering) & of course, one can use any existing plugin or create new to extend it the way they want it. Thus, offering a solution like Tumblr can’t be that difficult. In fact, here are ingredients to launch a competition of Tumblr -
- WordPress multi-site
- Few good-looking tumblog like themes with theme options
- A robust hosting solution
- Some tweaking on the back-end with restricted accounts
I wonder how many of you will agree with me on this one however, I can clearly see various kind of hosted services tailored specifically for WordPress platform coming up in the future. Here’s a deal: Joshua, if at all you are reading this, then come up with an additional service to help customers run Tumblogs on Page.ly & keep them on our beloved platform rather than send them away on Tumblr ;)