WordPress is a great blogging platform that has offered me a ton of flexibility in designing sites. The deep control, particularly robust with the wordpress.org platform, has given the tinkerer in me many hours worth of fun.
Where it has fallen short is in the posting interface. It’s not particularly complicated, but it is definitely busy. Adding photos and videos to a post can be a hassle, and rarely in an online post am I too concerned about the exact spacing, size and location of an online photo.
These are the kinds of things that have made Posterous so useful for me! Their goal is to make the task of posting dead simple-and they succeed.
Here’s an example: want to start a posterous blog? Just send an email. Yep, that’s it, a regular old email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will create a blog for you, add a post with the text In the body, and send back an email confirmation with a link to see the new site. Couldn’t be simpler. Want to embed a YouTube video? Put a link to it in your email. Want a photo album? Attach some photos to the email.
No need to log in, no need to do anything special. Of course, if you want to log into their service, you’re still given full control over theme, layout, etc. so no worries that it will be too bland. They also have a great mobile app with additional features you can flip on.
I’m not moving old sites over to Posterous, but it’s been awfully tempting. We’ll see where I go from here.
Learn more: posterous.com