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 or if they’re shared in social media. There’s often no working relationship between the blogger and visitors. P2, in contrast, are private by default as they’re built for teams and groups to work together.
- 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 and they get immediately notified, which helps keeping everybody on the same page.
- 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.