WordPress First Impressions

First of all, I have to say that WordPress rocks. I've gone through just about every blogging / CMS / Wiki / whatever-based tool out there, and WordPress is absolutely the best I've seen.

I do have some reservations, of course. Future-dated posts should show up on the Dashboard in chronological order by when they will appear rather than by when they were written. Also, entries on the Dashboard appear to be in a different time-zone than the rest of the site. (Visitors can't see the Dashboard -- but it's the first thing you see on the admin side of things.)

WordPress should come with a spell-checker by default. That's an obviously basic feature. (I've so far been unable to get the first plug-in spell-checker I tried working. As you can porbably allready tell.)

The default template had an error in it (the links to the RSS feeds are done like this: "feed://http://example.com") Clicking the links didn't work because the browser didn't know how to handle the "feed" protocol. As far as I know there's no such thing -- anybody want to enlighten me if I'm wrong?

I have to emphasize, though, what a really strong product WordPress is. It is conducive to writing. That doesn't sound like much, but it's a key shortcoming of other products I've tried -- the annoying little things mount up until you're more frustrated with the interface than you are excited about what you're writing. All the buttons and options in WordPress work exactly the way you think they should. Buttons do what they say they're going to do.

If you're interested in a painless web publishing solution, you can't go wrong with WordPress.

Update March 19, 2005: Turns out that the Post management ability is much more advanced than the Page management. For instance, you can't future-date Pages like you can Posts. You can't have Draft Pages either. It's a real drag sometimes.