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Guide to Blogging Software

AlphaDrive provides its web hosting customers with access to a wide variety of blogging packages, the most popular of which is WordPress. Each blogging software package is available using our One-Click Installer in your web hosting control panel. Here we will outline the main features and benefits of each of the blog scripts.


WordPress

WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it. WordPress started in 2003 with a single bit of code to enhance the typography of everyday writing and with fewer users than you can count on your fingers and toes. Since then it has grown to be the largest self-hosted blogging tool in the world, used on hundreds of thousands of sites and seen by tens of millions of people every day.

WordPress Features:

  • Full standards compliance

  • Changes you make to your templates or entries are reflected immediately on your site

  • Pages allow you to manage non-blog content easily, such as a static "About" page

  • Links allows you to create, maintain, and update any number of blogrolls through your administration interface.

  • WordPress comes with a full theme system

  • Cross-blog communication tools : Trackback and Pingback

  • Comments

  • Spam protection

  • Full user registration

  • Password Protected Posts

  • Easy installation and upgrades

  • Easy Importing for Movable Type, Textpattern, Greymatter, Blogger, and b2

  • XML-RPC interface

  • Workflow : You can have types of users that can only post drafts, not publish to the front page.

  • Intelligent text formatting

  • Multiple authors

  • Bookmarklets

  • Ping away : WordPress supports pinging Ping-O-Matic, which means maximum exposure for your blog to search engines.



b2evolution

b2evolution is an advanced weblog tool, i.e. software allowing you to run your own blogs, newsfeeds or even photo stream. b2evolution is a medium scale CMS centered around the Blog concept, fully featured with multiple blogs, content/presentation separation, full user management, full internationalization (i18n), workflow management, and extending towards features normally provided by Wikis, Trackers or hierarchy driven CMSes. b2evolution includes all the features of traditional blog tools, and extends them with evolved features such as file & photo management, advanced skinning, multiple blogs support as well as detailed user permissions.

b2evolution Features:

  • AntiSpam Deluxe

  • Multiple blogs

  • Blog skins

  • Multiple users and authors

  • Integrated stats

  • Plugin framework

  • Advanced categorization

  • Localized in several languages

  • Web standards compliance

  • True workflow

  • Easy install & upgrade

  • Threaded comments



LifeType

LifeType supports multiple blogs and users, media management, generation of standard content, clean URLs and support for subdomains. Writing articles is comfortable with the included state of the art WYSIWYG editor. Adding pictures and sound files (for Podcasting) is just a matter of browse and click. The Dashboard provides you with all the information you need every time you log in. Recent articles, comments and trackback as well as brief statistics get you updated about your blog immediately.

LifeType Features:

  • User Friendly Interface

  • Integrated Media Management

  • Choose your Style

  • Add a Feature

  • Built-in anti-spam Filter

  • Support for Trackbacks

  • Multiple Users per Blog

  • Easy Installation

  • Mobile features

  • Multiple Blogs in one Installation

  • Central Page for Communities

  • Subdomains

  • Easily Localizable

  • Performance

  • Nice Looking URLs

  • Nice and Clean Code

  • Clean Content

  • Powerful Plugin Framework

  • Smarty Templates

  • XMLRPC



Dotclear

Dotclear is an open-source web publishing software created in 2002 by Olivier Meunier. A one-man project at first, Dotclear soon gathered a team comprising different personalities with various backgrounds. The project's purpose is to provide a user-friendly tool allowing anyone to publish on the web, regardless of their technical skills. Dotclear possesses a rich functionality that makes it a high quality publishing tool, equaling and even outperforming other similar tools in some aspects. Beyond the core functionality, Dotclear is designed to provide the user with the most comfortable experience.

Dotclear Features:

  • Easy publication

  • Fully customizable theme

  • User-friendly administration

  • Flexible template system

  • Media management

  • Choose your input method

  • Flexible comment system

  • Built-in antispam

  • Localization

  • Presentation widgets

  • Themes and plugins

  • Pages

  • Tags and categories

  • Automated installation

  • Support for several database types

  • Automated installation

  • Support for several database types

  • Multiblog

  • Multi-user with permissions

  • Standard compliant

  • Accessible

  • Importing / exporting

  • Naturally optimized for search engines

  • Syndication feeds

  • Complete trackback support

  • Full Unicode support

  • XML/RPC client support

  • Extensible

  • Performance and scalability

  • Twice free



Textpattern

Textpattern is a web application designed to help overcome the hurdles to publishing online, and to simplify the production of well-structured, standards-compliant web pages. Textpattern is a flexible, elegant and easy-to-use content management system. It is both free and open source.

Textpattern Features:

  • Quickly search old articles by keyword

  • Up-to-the-minute visitor/referrer logs

  • Browser-based template and CSS editing

  • Unlimited site sections

  • Unlimited article, link, file and image categories

  • Browser-based file and image upload & organization

  • Fast intuitive editing of articles, links, comments, page elements

  • Posting, editing & design privileges hierarchy

  • Unlimited site authors

  • Browser-based plugin installation and maintenance

  • Import content from other content management systems

  • Built-in search engine

  • Visitors can subscribe to custom article and link XML feeds

  • Browse categories and sections via popup or link list

  • Adjustable date/time stamps on articles

  • Articles can be set to appear at future date/time

  • Comments are accepted on a per-article basis

  • Comments may be closed after a fixed time or on the fly

  • Password-protect site sections, or even specific articles



Nucleus

Nucleus CMS is a flexible and easy to install content management system, aka blog software. It helps you to publish a website and lets writers do what they are best at: writing items or articles, without having to worry about formatting and markup.

Nucleus Features:

  • Maintenance of one or more weblogs/news-sites

  • Multiple Authors

  • Categories

  • Built-in commenting system

  • FancyURLs

  • Runs on your own server

  • Drafts and Future Posts

  • Fully Tweakable

  • Plugins

  • Bookmarklet and right-click blogging

  • Archives and Search

  • RSS and Atom Syndication

  • XML-RPC interface: Blogger, metaWeblog and MovableType APIs

  • File/Image Upload

  • IP-banlist

  • Backup/Restore



Serendipity

Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications. Casual users appreciate the way Serendipity's sophisticated plugin architecture allows you to easily modify both the appearance of your blog and its features. You can install more than120 plugins with just one click, instantly enhancing your blog's functionality. No need to edit code!

Serendipity Features:

  • Simple

  • Robust Editing Interface

  • Threaded comments

  • Anti-Spam / Comment moderation

  • Support for XML-RPC Editing

  • Dynamic

  • Trackback and Pingback

  • Plugins

  • Multiple Users

  • Internationalized

  • Skinable

  • Open Source - BSD License

  • Standards Compliant

  • Shared library

  • Easy Upgrading

  • Flexible Input/Output

  • Actively maintained



Open Blog

Open Blog is a free and open source blogging platform built using the CodeIgniter PHP framework. It provides users with a very powerful yet easy to use interface which makes blogging simple and enjoyable.

Open Blog Features:

  • Friendly user interface

  • Easy to install

  • Multi-language support

  • Template support

  • Open source

  • Search engine friendly URLs

  • Pages

  • Links

  • Feed support

  • Administrator panel

  • WYSIWYG editor

  • Check for updates

  • Plug-ins



eggBlog

eggBlog is the free php & mysql blog software package, allowing you to create your own online website, journal or weblog (blog) using your own web-space.

eggBlog Features:

  • Easy to use web-based administration to add, edit and delete news articles

  • Easy to use web-based configuration to manage your web site settings

  • WYSIWYG easy-to-use text editor for publishing or editing news articles

  • Download themes to easily change the style, layout and colours of your site

  • Download additional language files (where available)

  • Optional forum to allow discussion

  • Optional comments on news articles to allow feedback on announcements

  • Optional sticky articles that remain fixed on all pages

  • Optional tags/categories on articles

  • Registered users allowed to leave comments on news articles

  • Registered users allowed to post messages in the forum

  • Automatic archiving of all news articles

  • Check for eggBlog updates through the administration panel

  • Valid HTML 1.1, valid CSS 1.0 and WAI friendly

  • Valid XML RSS 1.0 feeds for both articles and forum topics



Pixie

Pixie is a free, open source web application that will help quickly create your own website. Many people refer to this type of software as a "content management system (cms)", we prefer to call it as Small, Simple, Site Maker.

Pixie Features:

  • Clean URLs

  • CSS Themes

  • Database Backups

  • File manager with tag support

  • Free and Open Source

  • jQuery

  • Microformats

  • Modules, Themes, Plug-ins and Blocks

  • Multilingual

  • No limits

  • Portable

  • Quick to develop for

  • Robots.txt

  • RSS 2.0

  • hAtom to RSS script

  • Search Engine Friendly

  • Small

  • Spam Protected

  • System and referral logs

  • User support with privileges

  • Web Based

  • XHTML compatible rich text editor



PivotX

PivotX is free software to help you maintain dynamic sites such as weblogs, online journals and other frequently updated websites in general. It's written in PHP and uses MySQL or flat files as a database. PivotX is also a great tool to maintain more complex websites as well. Its powerful core and flexible template system make it easy for developers to adjust and extend. Whether you want an easy-to-use, robust blogging tool or are looking to push things to the max - PivotX offers the best of both worlds.

PivotX Features:

  • Entries and Pages

  • Easy Blogging

  • Images and Files

  • Extensions

  • Themes

  • Template engine

  • Multiple weblogs

  • Multiple authors

  • Flat files or MySQL database

  • No rebuilding

  • Commenting & moderation

  • Spam protection



Chyrp

Chyrp is a blogging engine designed to be very lightweight while retaining functionality. It is powered by PHP and has very powerful theme and extension engines, so you can personalize it however you want. The code is well-documented, and it has a very strong structure that's loosely based on the MVC design pattern.

Chyrp Features:

  • Extremely lightweight

  • Preview mode

  • Customize look of URLs, or use the recommended Clean URLs

  • Easily add and edit pages

  • Save posts as drafts for later editing and publishing

  • Easy HTML blog posting

  • Tons of modules to add functionality to your blog

  • Clean interface with AJAX

  • Add comment feather to add a comment system to blog