Cool Tools 17: WordPress 3

Blogs and Wikis, Wikis and Blogs.  We’ve been hearing it from Plumtree, then from BEA, and now from Oracle for the Plumtree/ALUI/WCI stack.  Remember PEP (Pages, Ensemble, Pathways), and how it promised wiki and blog functionality?  And how ’bout this semi-official Oracle WCI blog that … well, you be the judge.

It’s true:  Plumtree has a checkered past in delivering us to the promised land of user-generated content in the early noughties – to say nothing of the Enterprise 2.0 (Social Networking) trend of the past couple of years.  The WebCenter Suite promises to start getting us there, and there are unconfirmed rumors of WebCenter Collaboration Server getting this much-needed functionality, but for now user-generated content remains largely a pipe dream for those clients still on the WebCenter Interaction stack.

We all have blogs and wikis, so why haven’t we seen a serious contender for one of these products to work well in the WebCenter Interaction stack?  The answer is maybe that we’re looking for too tight of a coupling from Oracle:  the reality is that if you follow the Four Tenets of Portal Integration, you can provide a pretty compelling and integrated experience for your users, which is exactly what we’re doing with this blog and demonstration site:  notice how the URLs of this site change as you click through the tabs at the top?  That’s because some pages come from WebCenter Interaction, and some from WordPress – but the user (that’s you!) is none the wiser.  Administrators (that’s me!) love it:  in addition to the insanely easy setup and configuration and the vast library of third party plugins that can do pretty much anything and everything you might need, there’s also an almost comically easy upgrade process:

That’s right, WordPress knows when it’s out of date, and prompts you to update. Seven seconds after clicking “upgrade Automatically”, we’re all done:


Try upgrading WCI in 7 seconds!

Oh, and while this blog isn’t demonstrating integrated search or authentication, we’ve got that too


2 Responses to “Cool Tools 17: WordPress 3”

  1. hross says:

    While I totally agree with an integrated platform strategy (almost no site can claim to be a homogeneous “portal”, nor should any IT staff put effort into making it that way), I have to be a bit of a hater and say that a wordpress/portal strategy is lipstick on a pig at this point. WordPress is *great* and works for many a site where your publishing/integration requirements are relatively limited in scope (think brochure sites, blogs, etc). If you are going further I highly recommend you look into Drupal.

    While it works as a blogging platform it also has integrated search, authentication, collaboration tools, is open source, and has been proven to work as a platform for large enterprise and government clients.

    I wish I had made happy hour last night to discuss this with you guys.

    • Matt Chiste says:


      Being a hater is completely cool in this blog – I welcome any and all legitimate comments and dissenting opinions :).

      That being said, while I agree those looking for a full integrated stack to replace the WebCenter Interaction portal should seriously consider ALL options (rather than just continuing on the WebCenter stack, which will no doubt require a large migration investment anyway), WordPress is a good stop-gap measure for those willing to continue leveraging their WebCenter investment without having to commit to the sub-par blogging platforms provided by Oracle (and BEA and Plumtree) thusfar.

      I don’t think WordPress is the best Content Publishing or collaborative platform, though; for those clients looking for a full migration path away from WCI, I wholeheartedly agree that Drupal is a great option!

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