Even though it’s built on WordPress, P2 isn’t a traditional blog. There are a few key differences:
- Traditionally, a blog is public. Visitors find blog posts in Search
Using search in P2 it's easy to come back to the right messages and files when you need to. Use the search field to find a post, page or file. P2+ comes with advanced search to narrow results using filters and modifiers.
- P2 use pages for documentation and knowledge preservation. In a traditional blog, pages are used for the contact form, or an About section. In P2, pages are much more relevant, as they can be used to save notes, document processes, etc.
- Customization is much simpler in P2, as consistency between different P2s is critical. Expressing your individuality through your blog is fantastic, but P2 is a communication tool and it’s important that things are were you expect them to be. Specially if you’re participating in several P2s.
- P2 has mentions and advanced notifications. You can mention any member of your P2 in a Post
Posts let you share long-form, formatted content — like project plans or documentation — directly in P2. They are displayed in reverse chronological order.
- In a traditional blog, you write and manage your posts in a specific place, different to the actual site that your visitors see. In WordPress, that is called WP Admin. P2, on the other hand, moves the editor and most of the day to day management features to the front page to encourage more rapid and easier posting. The line between writing and reading disappears.
- To simplify user on-boarding, P2 has stripped out many of the options in WordPress to create and launch a blog. Spinning up a brand new P2 is done in seconds.