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Blog Software

This story by Al Macintyre attempts to provide an impartial directory of different vendors that provide software for Weblogging.  If you are reading this for the first time, use Blog Software Start as an Introduction, which I split off from this Blog Software Directory page, to try to reduce the bandwidth.  Also see my directory of related posts.

Opinions comparing subjective pros and cons of the competing Blog Software Types are in separate stories, such as Blog Software Perspectives, a Do-It-Yourself Consumer Reports on how the different Blog Software Suites compare to each other.  Also Blog Software MT and RU is a collection of opinions by different people regarding competing suites - which is better for specific purpose.  Other general comparisons are in the Blog Books.

You need to identify which features and Blog Software Types are best for your situation.

Blog Software Vendors and some options they offer, are listed below, according to info I see on reviews and other web sites.  I expect I may occasionally have some misinformation, and things will change where I may not be able to keep my article updated and timely.  My primary intention here is to list places that provide software for you to weblog with.  I advise you to visit vendor sites to see the latest stuff that they currently are offering, and also to review the tech support forums to see proportions of problems the various software users are experiencing and how well their questions are being answered. 

  • Alexa is a Search Engine tool related to Link Services - see my Search Engine Tips and Enhanced Radio Tools for more of this kind of thing, such as publicizing your Weblog.
  • AmphetaDesk: a Windows client, acts as a small web server that you access with your browser, for news aggregation. See Understand Radio News Aggregation for how this concept works with Radio Userland.  AmphetaDesk could probably be configured to be accessed from other computer systems, other than Windows.
  • Antville
  • AvantBlog
  • B2 Cafelog
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Remotely Installed Applications, which I think means that all of your Weblog is on the site that does the hosting.
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • BigBlogTool
  • Blog
  • Blog Studio
  • Blog Studio Pro
  • Blog Talker sounds like a host for short urls
  • Blogalia
  • Blogger
  • Blog*Spot
    • This is a hosting option for Blogger
    • I can best explain it by comparing it to Eudora e-mail which we can get for free, but there are advertisements taking up some of our time and space.  For a very reasonable fee we can pay to have the software without the advertisements.
    • With Blog*Spot, you can also pay to advertise your Blogger Weblog to the other customers here that are accepting advertisements.
  • Blogger Pro
    • This is the fully paid version and it is Extremely Feature Rich.
    • However, it is allegedly not as sophisticated in web site management as other blog software providers offer, and some of them also offer even more features, such as Moveable Type and Radio Userland.
    • This concept reminds me of Eudora, in that the free version is very powerful and very attractive, but when you go with the paid version there is much more.  Here are some examples of what Blogger Pro offers that does not come with the free version.
    • Spell Checking
    • Image Posting
    • Mark post as a "Draft" not to be published until you are finished.
    • Multi-author team support
    • e-mail support for you sending input to your weblog, and for visitors to get copies of what you have posted there
    • RSS Support (see my Understand Radio News Aggregation for an introduction to the significance of this.)
    • Security
    • Also see Blogger (basic) options
  • Bloglinker provides Link Services for Bloggers.
  • BlogMax
  • BlogniX
    • this is for Linux
  • blogopedia
  • Blogrolling Navigation Link Services for lazy people like me explained in this post.
  • Blogworks XML
  • Blos.xom
  • BOP = Blog Oriented Publishing
  • Blurty
  • CitizenX.com
  • Citydesk
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • Client App
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • CocoBlog
  • CoffeeCup HTML Editor
  • CONTENjecT Publisher
  • Coranto
  • Dairyland
    • This is aimed at young users
    • It comes with an e-mail address that matches your web address
    • Template driven
    • Biz Stone book on Blogging outlines major features of major Weblog Software including Dairyland in chapter 3.
    • Joshua Allen has a write up on this one in his Weblog Tool  Roundup, along with general background history links to what Weblogging is all about and how to select the software that's best for your needs.  Thanks to Seb's Weblogging Tools for locating Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup for me.
    • Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup says this is Off-Site Weblogging, which I explain at Blog Software Types.
    • John Hiler says this is weblog publishing from the host site which does not require installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • DearDiary
  • Desktop Server
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • Diarist
  • Diary-x
  • Digital Expressions
  • Drupal
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Remotely Installed Applications, which I think means that all of your Weblog is on the site that does the hosting.
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • EasyJournal
  • e.thePeople
  • Facto
  • FactoVision
  • Feedreader: Windows client, sits in your system tray and blinks when a feed is updated.  You can set individual update intervals for each feeds, but currently not higher than 60 minutes, which will be changed for the next version.  See Understand Radio News Aggregation for how this concept works with Radio Userland. 
  • Free-Conversant
    • John Hiler says this is hosted weblog software available without requiring anything downloaded to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • FusionNEWS
  • GeekLog
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • gir.blo.gs
  • Globo
  • Greymatter
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Remotely Installed Applications, which I think means that all of your Weblog is on the site that does the hosting.
    • Blog On Book (see Blog Books for more info) devotes pages 115-145 of chapter 5 to setting up and using Greymatter: features and requirements; downloading and installing; configuring; editing; managing authors; web administering; templates; static pages; troubleshooting
    • Biz Stone book on Blogging outlines major features of major Weblog Software including Greymatter in chapter 3.
    • Joshua Allen has a write up on this one in his Weblog Tool  Roundup, along with general background history links to what Weblogging is all about and how to select the software that's best for your needs.  Thanks to Seb's Weblogging Tools for locating Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup for me.
    • Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup says this is On-Site Weblogging, which I explain at Blog Software Types.
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
    • Completely Free Open Source, donated to the general public to do with as they wish, including do it yourself tech support
    • templates
    • comments include your veto over language used
    • search
    • can upload files and images
    • multiple authors
  • Grok Soup
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Centrally Hosted Services
    • Biz Stone book on Blogging outlines major features of major Weblog Software including Grok Soup in chapter 3.
    • John Hiler says this is hosted weblog software available without requiring anything downloaded to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
    • 'news site' format
    • news site templates
    • news aggregation support
    • quick multiple site support
    • comment support
  • Homestead
    • Looks like this is hosting.
    • Not clear to me if their Site Builder software supports weblogging
  • Horizon
  • IamValley
  • InstaBlog
  • JohnDoe Journal Neighborhood
  • Journals Online
  • kTools Web Suite
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Locally Installed Applications, which I think means that you manage your Weblog text on your home PC, then when you are happy with the content, you publish it to the site that does the hosting.
  • Live Journal
  • MacroByte Converant
  • Manila
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Remotely Installed Applications, which I know here means that all of your Weblog is on the site that does the hosting, because I have worked with Manila.
    • Seb apparently thinks this is one of the most visible Weblogging Tools.
    • This is Off-Site Weblogging, which I explain at Blog Software Types: you can operate it without having to download anything to your PC, and it is particularly suited to multi-author discussion groups.
    • See Weblogger, alphabetically below.
  • Metstatic.org Blog Script
  • MKDoc
  • Monaural Jerk
  • More Like This
  • Moveable Type 
    • O'Reilly's Essential Blogging includes this Weblogging software.
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Remotely Installed Applications, which I think means that all of your Weblog is on the site that does the hosting.
    • Blog On Book (see Blog Books for more info) devotes pages 147-185 of chapter 6 to setting up and using Moveable Type: features and requirements; downloading and installing; configuring; editing; managing authors; web administering; templates; change how it looks.
    • Biz Stone book on Blogging outlines major features of major Weblog Software including Moveable Type in chapter 3.
    • Seb apparently thinks this is one of the most visible Weblogging Tools.
    • Joshua Allen has a write up on this one in his Weblog Tool  Roundup, along with general background history links to what Weblogging is all about and how to select the software that's best for your needs.  Thanks to Seb's Weblogging Tools for locating Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup for me.
    • Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup says this is On-Site Weblogging, which I explain at Blog Software Types.
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
    • Data Import is provided so that you can convert to Moveable Type from some other competitors, such as Blogger and Greymatter. 
    • Template Options
    • Multiple Authors
    • Categories
    • Search your site for an entry, also global search and replace repairs to your weblog
    • Comments, which you can turn off when you not want any 'lip'
    • e-mail notification support, so people can find out that way whenever you make any changes to your weblog
    • upload files and images
    • See Blog Software MT and RU for comparison with Radio Userland
  • MozBlog
  • MyDearDiary
  • My Personal Diary
  • MyJamby MeetingPoint
  • NetNewsWire Lite: OS X client.  See Understand Radio News Aggregation for how this concept works with Radio Userland. 
  • Newsbruiser
  • News Pro
  • Nucleus
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Remotely Installed Applications, which I think means that all of your Weblog is on the site that does the hosting.
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • Onclave
    • John Hiler says this is hosted weblog software, and hosted community software, both available without requiring anything downloaded to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are outlined by my Blog Software Types.
  • Open Diary
  • Open Journal
  • Perl Community
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • Perl Publishing
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • PHP Community
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • PHP-Nuke
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • PHPSlash
  • PhoWeblog
  • Pitas
  • Pivot
  • Pmachine
    • Blog On Book (see Blog Books for more info) devotes pages 187-236 of chapter 7 to setting up and using pMachine: features and requirements; downloading and installing; configuring; editing; managing users; adding pBlocks; managing mailing lists; templates; static pages; blurbs and headlines.   In the weblog supporting Blog On Book, Todd Stauffer provides additional links for people using pMachine in the Apple Macintosh OS X environment and some other unique setup environments.
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
    • See this post by Christian Crumlish (xian) at Radio Free Blogistan
  • Pmachine Free
  • Pmachine Pro
  • Port41 Publisher
  • PostNuke
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • Python
  • Radio Userland
    • Extremely Feature Rich
      • Al Macintyre website is powered by that software.  For more info, click on the product name found top right bar and very bottom of most pages.
        • There is a 30 day free trial, then for $40.00 you get up to 40 Meg hosting, with tech support through discussion groups.
      • O'Reilly's Essential Blogging includes this Weblogging software.
      • Blog On Book (see Blog Books for more info) devotes pages 99-114 of chapter 4 to Radio Userland, starting out with explanation of how it is different from Blogger and Live Journal, covered earlier in that chapter.  It makes it much easier to create a business like presence on the web.  This write-up includes most of the basics, getting started, easy editing, stories, themes, preferences, news aggregation, the Radio Application (how to do drafts, my pictures, find out who owns a particular domain name), and more.
      • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Locally Installed Applications, which means that we manage our Weblog text on our home PC, then when we happy with content, we publish it to the site that does the hosting.  This has certain advantages if we have a cheap flaky internet connection, but I will try to keep the editorializing into separate essays, and just focus on what the choices are.
      • Biz Stone book on Blogging outlines major features of major Weblog Software including Radio Userland in chapter 3.
      • Seb apparently thinks this is one of the most visible Weblogging Tools.
      • Joshua Allen has a write up on this one in his Weblog Tool  Roundup, along with general background history links to what Weblogging is all about and how to select the software that's best for your needs.  Thanks to Seb's Weblogging Tools for locating Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup for me.
      • Joshua's Weblog Tool  Roundup says this is Downloadable Weblogging, which I explain at Blog Software Types.
      • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
      • See Blog Software MT and RU for comparison with Movable Type and links to other comparisons
      • See Radio Doc Sources directory of documentation places for Radio
      • See Enhanced Radio Tools for what I know so far about available plug ins
      • According to the Wired article One Nation Under Blog, Radio has 50,000 users growing by about 4,000 a month.
  • Rememory
  • Rodin
  • Salon Blogs
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Centrally Hosted Services.
    • Radio Userland News and Discussion Groups have been very excited about the partnership that lets Radio users be in the Salon community and the Radio community.
  • Scoop
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • Scribble
  • Site Frame
  • Slash
    • John Hiler says this is weblog community software which requires installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • SlashCode
  • Slogger
  • SnipSnap
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Locally Installed Applications, which I think means that you manage your Weblog text on your home PC, then when you are happy with the content, you publish it to the site that does the hosting.
  • SquishDot
  • Squishy FORUMS
  • Straw: a News Aggregation client for linux/unix using Gnome 2.  It depends heavily on libraries that are still unstable and themselves have lots of dependencies.  Understand Radio News Aggregation explains how this concept works with Radio Userland. 
  • Sunlog
  • Supasite
  • Talking Forest
  • Teen Open Diary
  • Thatware
  • Tinderbox
    • Blogroots Directory of Weblogging Resources says their Management Tools include Locally Installed Applications, which I think means that you manage your Weblog text on your home PC, then when you are happy with the content, you publish it to the site that does the hosting.
    • Seb apparently thinks this is one of the most visible Weblogging Tools.
    • John Hiler says this is a type of weblog publishing that requires software installation to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
    • This appears to be for the Apple Macintosh OS X community, but they are developing a Windows version.
  • Traction
  • Upsaid
    • web journaling service
    • John Hiler says this is hosted community software available without requiring anything downloaded to your PC.  The alternatives, and pros & cons of each, are explored by my Blog Software Types.
  • w.blogger
  • WebCrimson
  • we::blog
  • Weblog Unleashed
  • Weblogger
    • This place plays many important roles in the Weblogging community.
    • Once you have your weblog operational, irrespective of your weblog software source and hosting choices, you may wish to keep the rest of the weblogging world informed on the fact that you exist, and get periodically updated.  This perhaps is the first and largest such service provider.  Many other services feed off their input - see my Link Services and "Search Engine Tips" for some others.
    • They market Manila, collaborative weblog software suitable for multi-authors and discussion groups.  See Manila, alphabetically above.
    • Here are the 100 weblog sites that got the most visitors Yesterday.
  • Xanga
  • Xanga Premium
  • Yet Another Weblog News System
  • Zope

 



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