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Which Blog package?
I don't know which blog platform to use!
Leweq22




msg:1557678
 5:16 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Fellow Blogmasters - I need your help,

Basically - If you any of you here own a Blog, what platform do you use as the back end (Moveable Type, Pmachine, WordPress, etc)? I ask because I am thinking of using the new Moveable Type 3.0 developers edition on my new blog but I am afraid that it will be buggy and therefore I need some alternatives.

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me

 

rogerd




msg:1557679
 10:05 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

I've done a number of MT installations, and have been quite satisfied. Key selling points for me were:
- static content, clean URLs
- easy to customize appearance through CSS and templates
- widely used, meaning it's well debugged
- active support forum and customization hacks

I did a test install of GrayMatter, and it seemed kind of rudimentary by comparison. Maybe someone can comment on other packages?

edit_g




msg:1557680
 10:19 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Blogger is pretty simple, clean and user centric. With the new pages for individual posts, the nicer URL's etc it is actually starting to look pretty decent. It isn't as advanced or easily hackable as some of the others though.

mivox




msg:1557681
 10:24 pm on May 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

I think you can still download MoveableType 2.6x. They actually recommend it on their site for people who aren't interested in development, or who want official support.

I'm using 2.6-something, and I'm very happy with it. I just wish their commercial licenses weren't so steep ($300), because I wanted to use it as a CMS for an affiliate site too...

bill




msg:1557682
 9:24 am on May 19, 2004 (gmt 0)

MT 3.0 has a free version still. You are limited to one author, but you can run up to 3 sites with it.

rogerd




msg:1557683
 2:16 pm on May 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

Mivox, it looks like MT currently has the commercial license available for $199. That's still a jump from "free", though. :(

rharri




msg:1557684
 4:48 pm on May 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

A perl-based, open source program (blosxom?) was recently reviewed in Linux Journal. I've started looking at it. It has a lot of plug-ins to add functionality but if you can create text files and upload them, you've got your basic blog.

rharri

zigx




msg:1557685
 11:50 pm on May 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

check out easymoblog

KathieFry




msg:1557686
 12:26 am on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

I wanted to use Moveable Type for my news log because it's a tool I have used in the past, but because I was uncertain about my ability to install and maintain Moveable Type on my host's Unix server, I decided to use Radio Userland running on a PC instead. I'm using it to post news on the home page of my Web site. I'm also experimenting with using Blogger to post news on one of my other Web sites.

I wanted a blogging tool that would let me host the blog on my own (I should say my host's) Web server, and I wanted either a Web based or PC-based program because I don't know my way around Unix system commands all that well.

I also wanted the ability to add blog entries when I'm traveling. Radio Userland does let me do that, but I believe remote posting would be easier with some of the other blogging tools.

- Kathie Fry

sidyadav




msg:1557687
 11:52 am on May 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

There was a very recent thread about this, read through it:
[webmasterworld.com...]

Sid

chrisnrae




msg:1557688
 8:03 pm on Jun 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

I use Moveable Type and so far have been pleased. However, I notice a lot of the "pro" bloggers whose blogs I keep up with are moving to Expression Engine. It seems to have some pretty awesome features.

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