In the past week and a half, finally managed to get down to business and experimented with my b2evolution and :wp: installations. My experiences so far? Some of it is quite consistent with what I have read on the forums for these two excellent free blogging engines. More importantly, I am beginning to come to a decision on what is my preferred PHP-based system.
As many people have observed previously, as far as the aesthetics are concerned, b2evolution is the clear winner. The administration interface, the default templates, etc., for :wp: is, uh…, shall we say, kind of primitive – to put it mildly!? It is true there are some good third-party templates out there, but the stuff ‘out of the box’ all makes :wp: look the job done in a garage. *Incidentally, wasn’t that how both HP and Apple got started!? 🙂
Aesthetics aside, functionally (apart from multi-blog feature which :wp: lacks) :wp: and b2evolution are quite competitive. Furthermore, there seems to be many more plug-ins available for :wp: at this point; then again, is this perhaps an indication of the respective maturity of the two engines!?
However – possibly the deciding factor in the end – it seems that the codes for :wp: are slightly easier to understand and modify. Probably because I have been brought up on the pre-OOP days (having learnt the dependable Pascal and C during my undergrad days), I have found the codes in :wp: much easier to grasp, instead of trying to decipher all the class member functions, inheritance in b2evolution.
Final take? Time will tell…