Earlier this week, the Foreign Office rebuilt its blogs.fco.gov.uk site. It doesn't look much different. But the screenshot above isn't the significant one. The one below is.
Yes, after some gentle encouragement on the pages of this blog, it's great to see the Foreign Office moving off the Apache Roller blogging platform - What, you've never heard of it? Exactly. - and on to the blogging platform of choice, WordPress.
Like a lot of government projects, the brief has clearly been to keep the visuals almost exactly as-was. But Steph Gray has rebuilt the site using an HTML5-based theme, deployed on a multisite setup at Bytemark (by the look of it), and has managed to migrate 50+ blogs' worth of content too.
I can see a few things we'd have done differently - notably around non-English content. But as Word Up Whitehall attendees will have heard, Simon Wheatley and I have been concentrating on precisely that subject for most of the past few months, so we're probably deeper into it than most.
And so the highest-profile blogging platform in Whitehall comes over to WordPress, joining similar efforts at DFID (launched Oct 2008), Health, DECC and BIS. Well done to Ross & co for doing the right thing. You know it makes sense. That really only leaves the MOD...