The HUDdle: HUD's new Wordpress blog

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has rebranded its blog. Starting Tuesday it is now known as The HUDdle and is operating off of Wordpress open-source blogging software.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has redesigned and rebranded its blog.

The HUDdle, formerly a title-less HUD blog, has been transferred from Oracle Portal software to the Wordpress open-source blogging platform. Wordpress is the leading blogging software platform on the internet and powers many of the top blogs such as TechCrunch and GigaOM.

The interesting piece about HUD moving to Wordpress is that the blogging platform is known for its ease in allowing readers to leave comments and interact with blog authors and other commenting members of the community. There are not a lot of government agencies that allow comments on their blog platforms. The Department of Treasury’s blog --Treasury Notes -- does not allow comments nor does The Whitehouse Blog. On the other hand, all of the variety of NASA’s blogs do allow comments.

Contributors to The HUDdle include CIO Jerry E. Williams, Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control and a variety of people from HUD’s Office of Public Affairs.

Check out Deputy Secretary Ron Sims’ introduction to The HUDdle, embedded below.