Is there value in Domino as a ’blogging platform? 24 Feb, 2010
You may well have seen Mitch Cohen’s post, What is the Future of Domino as a Blogging Platform? It’s worth a read, because it articulates something that has been on a few keen minds for quite a while (I’ve been gving it some thought too).
Take, for example, this very site. It is way overdue a refresh, both in terms of design and content, and I have been dithering: should I keep it on Domino or move it to a standard ’blogging platform. The decision is significant, because this site is “hand-rolled”, rather than being based on a common template like Dominoblog or Blogsphere. But then, perhaps any Domino site move is significant, because neither of those templates are especially active either.
I put together a site based on the Dominoblog template recently, and I found it reasonably straightforward to use. That said, it would be fabulous to have some proper theme management, quick-start documentation and the like, and it’s in areas like that the real value of an open-source template comes into play: given enough enthusiasm and interest, someone will write the necessary.
Aye, there’s the rub: the Domino open-source community is somewhat lacking in committers at the moment, beyond each individual’s “pet project” (early days though? IBM only announced open-sourcing in October last year).
So I suppose it’s down to the individual: what would you consider in determining the future of your Domino-hosted site? Is it important to your business that you’re seen to be hosting on Domino? Do you like writing and using your own Domino code? Is the local replica aspect important to you?