Web Development with Politics

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I was curious to see what each current Presidential candidate used for their website management and which doctype they used. So I went on a little bit of view-source hunting. Candidates checked on:

  • Ron Paul
  • Mitt Romney
  • Michele Bachmann
  • Rick Santorum
  • Jon Huntsman
  • Newt Gingrich
  • Rick Perry
  • Gary Johnson

Here are the results for each:

  • Ron Paul: WordPress with xhtml Strict
  • Mitt Romney: Drupal with xhtml Strict
  • Michele Bachmann: WordPress with xhtml Transitional
  • Rick Santorum: Drupal with xhtml Strict
  • Jon Huntsman: Expression Engine with xhtml Strict
  • Newt Gingrich: Drupal with xhtml Transitional
  • Rick Perry: WordPress with html5
  • Gary Johnson: WordPress with html5

Noteworthy spots: none of them use Joomla. Huntsman dared to venture away from the WordPress/Drupal crowd. Perry and Johnson are both using both of my preferred choices.

If I was voting strictly based on CMS+Doctype, Johnson would win hands down, with WordPress and the html5 doctype. However, Johnson is in the same position that Ron Paul was in, circa 2008. Even though, from what I’ve seen of Johnson, I think he’d do a lot of good and bring a lot of sanity back to Washington, when it comes down to it, my vote is going to be for Ron Paul. Too much of me agrees with what Ron Paul has been saying, to pass up on the chance right now.


Michael is a seasoned developer who loves helping build stuff for the internet. He brings over a decade of varied experiences working with both front and back end developer stacks.

His primary focus has been WordPress and PHP and all the components that go along with them. During the day, he is a Support Engineer with Maintainn and WebDevStudios, helping clients get the best that they can out of their own websites.

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