Office 365 SharePoint Blog – Not So Great

When I started this blog, I decided to use my Office 365 tenant to host it. I figured that if I’m writing about Office 365, I should use that platform for as much as possible. So far, I’m not very impressed with the Blog functionality.

There seems to be a serious lack of maturity in the SharePoint based blog. Maybe it works well in a corporate environment where you may not need features that folks are used to on other Internet blogs. For example, I have not been impressed at all with the comments system. Being able to use a service like Akismet to weed out the comments that are likely spam would be a plus.

I like the integration with Microsoft Word as my authoring tool, but I can do that with WordPress also. It is nice to able to share some content between the blog site and the backend SharePoint site, but so far I haven’t had the need for that.

I’ll be working on moving this site over to another hosting company that I use. I can quickly stand up a WordPress site and have all of the features that I’m looking for in a blog. In the meantime, I’ll keep an eye on advancements that I’m sure Microsoft will make in their approach to blogging. If they start getting it right, I’ll think about moving back.



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