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Yes! This post’s title is equally filled with juicy controversy as the one written by Joshua Strebel, co-founder of Page.ly, Is Tumblr the New WordPress?

…[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 ;)

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  1. Hey there,

    Honestly we have our hands full serving the growing cliental we have this time. A tumblr-like WP service is a no brainer if someone has the time and wear-with-all. We may at some point do something like this, but not anytime soon.

    Cheers and thanks for the comment.

    • @strebel – Glad to hear that :) indeed the market for WordPress has grown tremendously around the world, so web hosting companies like you & others will surely grow. Good thing is that you guys have great interface and that surely makes a difference. BTW… so you agree to the point that Tumblr should be afraid of WordPress ,.. isn’t it? ;)

  2. Jesus, never thought of this. This is quite scary, always loved wordpress but everyone seems to be using tumblr from friends to random people on the internet. I’ve hardly seen any wordpress blogs used within any of my facebook friends, they mostly all use tumblr.

  3. @S – well, its not scary to be honest. Tumblr isn’t going anywhere for now or rather it’ll be difficult to predict its future for now. They’ve been doing well and I wish them all the luck as well. In this post, I just wanted to show that how powerful WordPress is .. and what all can be achieved from customizing it. I’m sure most of the developers and web hosting companies will agree that building a product like Tumblr on WordPress won’t be difficult at all – what’ll be difficult is to take the effort to promote it to become its competitor in a major way.

    A company with good user base and the one that has sense of community around it (woothemes, pagely, thesis, wpwebhost) – can always come up with such a service and I’m sure it’ll be well taken by the community.. they’ve got a decent user base to bank on…

  4. Bela Hundel

    Hi there…Thanks for the post. I believe there are ways to convert my psd based
    templates to wordpress, but I do not have a clue…I am not a coder, but know
    web…Is anyone familiar with the special software for psd publishing? Than you all