I've been looking for a good ASP.NET MVC blog engine (I believe many others have too). I'm keen not to use the standard ASP.NET blog engines as I want to keep away from viewstate.
There isn't really much out there to hang one's hat on in the MS space, and in the back of my mind I keep thikning I should be looking outside of the Microsoft realm and perhaps consider Word Press.
Can any .NET developers offer their thoughts, experiences, gotchas on using Word Press from a development, maintenance, and design/theming point of view? IMO at the end of the day a good solution is a good solution (no matter what technology).
I have a basic understanding of PHP, but like most I have limited time so I need to consider my options if there is going to be a lot of learning (and also how much effort if I need to develop something for Word Press)?
Although I am a dot net developer and know only a little php I still work with wordpress for blogs.
You can't beat wordpress!
It may be a slight learning curve to create themes but it is really not such a big deal and you don't need a strong grasp of php to figure it out.
If there was anything in the .Net world that came close, I would prefer to use it for the comfort of .Net, but I am sorry to have to say that after looking at the .Net solutions, they can not compete with wordpress (yet, I hope?!).
So for now if you need a good blogging system don't let your .Net experience get in the way of using a great system.
Orchard seems to be the most promising of the asp.net mvc cms/blog engines I have seen, but it is a work in progress.