Irish Or European Alternative To WordPress?

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As I mentioned some time ago, the WordPress site does not list ANY non-US hosting companies.
They're now running an adwords campaign with the text "Top 5 WordPress Web hosts, Chosen by the users & developers
of the WordPress blogging software"
They won't list non-US hosts and they expect the public to swallow their bull about the listed providers having been "chosen"
So, my question is...
Does anyone know of an alternate blogging software / platform that isn't so US-centric?

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17 Responses to Irish Or European Alternative To WordPress?

  1. Damien April 25, 2007 at 11:39 am #

    I’m surprised to see that, given the obvious Irish involvement with WordPress. It would be great if they setup a scheme for hosts/agents around the globe. It could be managed very easily.
    As someone who relies on both WordPress and Blacknight, I know how well the two play together!

  2. michele April 25, 2007 at 11:43 am #

    They don’t care. They’re doing that wonderful American trick of sticking their heads in the sand like ostriches and yelling “America is the centre of the universe”
    It really gets on my nerves!

  3. Stewart Curry April 25, 2007 at 12:40 pm #

    If their heads are in the sand, how can they yell?

  4. James April 25, 2007 at 1:44 pm #

    Perhaps they could have an official partner in every country, for commercial support/consulting, etc., like Moodle do.

  5. michele April 25, 2007 at 1:46 pm #

    Stewart – meh. It was a mixed metaphor that got a bit tangled
    James – Any attempts I’ve made to contact them about this have been met with deafening silence.

  6. Keith Gaughan April 25, 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    Stewart: When you’ve got your head in the sand, there’s only one end the noise can come from… 😉

  7. Keith Gaughan April 25, 2007 at 2:54 pm #

    BTW, is there any way you could make the Amazon links a bit more obvious? It’s annoying to hover over a link and have product information panel pop up. Double-underlining, maybe?

  8. michele April 25, 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    Keith – I’ll have a look at the code generation on the Amazon side. If I can’t change them I’ll just remove them. It was more of an experiment than anything else …

  9. Robert Synnott April 25, 2007 at 4:16 pm #

    Michele, Amazon gives you the option to have differently-coloured or double-underlined links for that thing. Is anyone actually buying stuff through it, by the way?
    RE: WordPress, does it really matter which hosts they list? It’s just a tool, after all, and PHP hosting is sufficiently common these days that it should run more or less everywhere.

  10. michele April 25, 2007 at 4:24 pm #

    Thanks – I’ll go check out the settings and make the change. No sales as yet 🙂
    Re WordPress – I think you’re missing my point. The kind of people who are likely to choose hosts based on the WP site recommendations won’t be aware of PHP

  11. Paul April 26, 2007 at 1:27 am #

    I would just like to point out that ostriches don’t stick their head in the sand.

  12. Gregory April 27, 2007 at 10:33 am #

    I advise you to checkout DotClear 2. It is a French project, and I find it much nicer than WordPress.
    It powered thousand websites.

  13. michele April 27, 2007 at 12:22 pm #

    Thanks! I’ll definitely look into that.
    If I could find a sane replacement I’d be more than happy to move away from WP completely

  14. Gregory April 27, 2007 at 12:35 pm #

    In case you still doubt about the power of this system, I can only advice you to visit some serious websites, such as : (blog of Gandi, french ICANN registrar) (dotclear in action) (Templates show page)
    Make sure to fetch the 2 (it is much nicer than the one, more complete, more flexible, and has many great features for fighting spam).
    You can add a nice spam-fighting plugin called ‘spamplemousse’.

  15. Robert Synnott April 27, 2007 at 4:07 pm #

    Well, this is partially European, but probably not quite what you’re looking for (almost impossible to host on a standard shared web hosting system, and so on).

  16. michele April 27, 2007 at 4:10 pm #

    Either a php or perl or possibly even RoR solution
    ie. something that can be deployed relatively easily

  17. Paul May 5, 2007 at 6:17 pm #

    I also recommend DotClear 2

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