The Best Blog Tools for Your Website!
A review of the most popular open source blog tools
What is a Blog?
A weblog (usually shortened to blog) is a web-based tool that eases the publication of articles in periodic order. Blogs can be used for corporate (intranet) purposes as well as personal web sites. Every day more than 120.000 blogs are created world wide.
Over the past years blog tools have evolved significantly. Nowadays you can expect from a blog much more than simply having the capacity for content publishing. Even open source and freely distributed blogs provide a full set of features plus extras such as: built-in search tool, article comments, images, and stylish web site and content structure.
Creating your own blog could be the most exciting and provocative way for you to communicate, discuss news, learn and develop your personality.
How to choose a blog tool for your site?
This article will discuss what you can or can't do with some of the most popular weblogs: WordPress, TextPattern, b2evolution and Nucleus. All of them are freely distributed and you can easily download, install and use them on your web site.
WordPress is a great-looking and well-structured personal blog system. With some hosting providers you can activate WordPress on your web site literally with 3 mouse clicks. And you can start adding your posts and creating your pages within a couple of minutes.
WordPress has a large supporting community. There are many free WordPress themes on the Internet and you can easily change your default theme with a new one. Additionally, there are plugins, which you can add to your WP blog to enhance its functionality, such as image galleries, statistics, anti-spam, etc. WordPress has a built-in search tool and archive. Comments tool is also included in the basic installation package.
SiteGround.com offers free installation of
WordPress on your website. Start up your WordPress website here.
Textpattern is a free, elegant and easy-to-use weblog software. Its built-in Textile syntax transforms text html valid web content. In Textpattern you can easily link to other sites and to other areas within your own site. Sites published with Textpattern can employ unlimited registered contributors, each with different privileges. With SiteGround hosting pack you get Textpattern installed for free.
Textpattern has implemented the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standard and this allows you to manage your web content appearance from one file only. Everything from fonts and colors to sizes and positions can be governed through CSS.
SiteGround is the featured sponsor of the TextPattern template competition organized by Textplates.com. Find here a selection of TextPattern templates. Although Textpattern is not included in Fantastico, at SiteGround you can get it installed for free. Start your Textpattern website here.
Most of the blog sites hosted on SiteGround servers are built with WordPress. That is because WP offers the richest set of features and plugins. Still, all the other
tools listed in the following comparison table can meet 90% of your blog needs. So, if you really like the look, the usability or the friendly community of Nucleus, b2evolution or Textpattern go ahead, install them and create your own online presence. Good luck!