“Ben Bradlee is 93 years old. Do you think he wants to use your crappy CMS?”
The Washington Post’s Yuri Victor describes in the above video why The Post uses WordPress and why they are using it more often (you can read more about his thoughts here). Complaining about content management systems is one of journalists’ favorite pastimes. So why not go with a CMS that is user centric and that users actually like to use?
I’m a big fan of WordPress and have used it professionally for users. What makes it so appealing is that it’s a CMS that users can use and understand. And by users, we’re not referring to people viewing your news stories; we’re referring to the people who have to interact with the CMS and enter in content. If you make it hard for people to create content, they will create less of it and lower quality content.
One of the best parts about WordPress is how easy it is to create a new story template. If you had a big story coming in, in a matter of hours or even less, you could have a custom template for that story to really make it sing. Now that won’t happen every day or even every week, but WordPress also makes it really easy to have variety of story templates for every-day stories.
There are other options out there beyond WordPress, but with such strong open source technology, why would you use a crappy proprietary CMS? Get a good open source CMS, and customize it for your needs.
There is no reason to hate your CMS.