Recommendation for blogging platform with easy-to-use editor
Posted on 2010-09-12
I'm a techie (more or less, anyway), but my wife is not. She doesn't know HTML or anything like that. She wants to start a cooking blog that will include recipes and photographs of food.
I set up a blog for her on Blogger (Blogspot), but it turned out to be too difficult to use. She was constantly "fighting" against the editor with regard to resizing photos, positioning them, and adjusting the spacing for recipes. Yeah, I could fix it for her, but even I found it to be frustrating.
I've had a similar experience with a Wordpress blog that I maintain. The built-in editor is allegedly WYSIWYG, but it's not WYSYWIG in practice. It's baffling to me why sometimes hitting the ENTER key leads to a single blank line, sometimes two blank lines, and sometimes three blank lines. It's almost impossible to add a horizontal dividing line with an equal amount of blank space above and below it. Even when I go into the HTML editor and make the changes manually, the editor messes-up the HTML code when I switch back to normal mode. I've adapted to it, but my wife would never go for Wordpress.
So... what I really need is a simple, straightforward blogging platform that will allow my wife to post pictures of food, position them properly, and include nicely-formatted recipes. We don't need any fancy bells and whistles. We particularly don't want a system that forces us to do battle with an editor that acts in non-intuitive and unpredictable ways.
Is there such a system out there? I'm even willing to pay a small monthly fee for it.
(Note that I don't care so much about ease of set-up -- I can do the initial set-up myself. I just want it to be easy-to-use and user-friendly for my wife to post her recipes after the set-up is complete.)