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Blogging Software: 5 on 5

Posted on 8.03.2007

Movable Type is a professional-grade blogging system that powers some of the largest and most widely known blogs. Many professional bloggers choose Movable type because of its reliable service, performance and ongoing innovation. Deployment is quick and easy and the offthe- shelf functionality is impressive, but support licenses make Moveable type just slightly out of reach for a beginning blogger. However, more of the technorati top 100 blogs run on Sixapart (the parent company of Movable type) platforms than all other software combined.

WordPress is a powerful personal publishing platform that comes with a great set of features designed to make your blogging experience as easy as possible. Wordpress is a freely distributed (open-source) platform that is standards-compliant and by all accounts easy to use (reflected in its massive user-base). the latest version is stacked with features and provides a very customizable core which can be built out even further with an array of plugins from the Wordpress developer community. Wordpress is an excellent option for those just getting started blogging.

Serendipity is a pHp-powered weblog that gives users the ability to easily create their own personal publishing platform. the default package is designed for the casual blogger but Serendipity is flexible and can be expandable quickly and easily to power professional online properties. Sophisticated plugin architecture allows you to easily modify both the appearance of a blog and its features. You can install more than 120 plugins with just one click, instantly enhancing your blog’s functionality. Serendipity is also a good solution for beginners, although the support community is not as robust as Wordpress.

Expression Engine is a commercial (with a free version) blogging and content management system with a good feature set and an excellent grouping of add-on modules and plugins, including a moblog (mobile blogging), wiki, simple commerce, member management solutions and a comprehensive suite of security. The version tested here was pMachine (free and deployed by thousands of websites frequently through Fantastico) which has been absorbed by ellislabs and now known as expression engine.

b2Evolution is a free, open-source blogging tool available in many languages and includes many features of traditional blog tools, and extends them with evolved features such as file & photo management, advanced skinning, multiple blog support as well as detailed user permissions. there is also a broad set of third-party plug-ins, so b2evolution scales nicely. One of the only downsides of b2evolution is that it only works with MySQl databases – so if you’re not running apache, don’t bother. there was also some difficulty with the post editing feature, lowering our ease-of-use score slightly.
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