Sunday, September 23, 2007

    Top 5 Blogging Software You Need to Conquer Blogosphere

    Web developers and plain web users have one definition for blog. It was defined as a tool for self-expression on the World Wide Web. It is a diary that you can access and edit anytime you want to, as long as there is an Internet connection. If you want a diary on the web, get a blog. To get a blog, sign-up for an account in any of the many blog hosts out there. Set-up their blogging software and you are ready to conquer blogosphere. Finding it hard to decide which blogging software suits you best? Below are the 5 kinds of blogging software that are worthy of your time:

    1. Wordpress -
    No budget for a blog? No problem, Wordpress is here for you. It is an open source publishing platform designed for people who have great ideas to share but no money to spare. Yes, you can download the software, install it in your web server, use it, and further customize it without fishing money from your pocket.
    Wordpress is a top favorite of experts as well as budding bloggers because of the extreme functionality and utmost convenience it offers them. Web developers who support Wordpress created interactive plugins for free distribution. You can use these plugins to enhance the look and feel of your blog.

    2. Movable Type -
    Six Apart, the makers of other well-known web publishing tools such as LiveJournal and TypePad, is also the developer of Movable Type. Like Wordpress, Movable Type was also designed to please the discriminating tastes of bloggers with its exciting features. You can create a professional-looking website with this blogging software.
    However, there are a couple downsides to using Movable Type. First, you can't have it for free. You can't even try it out to see if it works for you because it doesn't have a trial promo. Moreover, installation and maintenance can be a bit challenging. You need to have the basic technical skills to understand how to configure its settings.

    3. TypePad -
    Another Six Apart invention, TypePad offers three blog hosting accounts: Basic, Plus, and Pro. The prices range from $4.95 to $14.95 per month. The lower the price, the fewer the features. This blogging software's specialty is the web utility called Typelist. This particular web feature allows users to arrange the URLs of the links without modifying the main HTML file.

    4. Expression Engine -
    Expression Engine is content management system / blogging software created by EllisLab (formerly pMachine). Although not as popular as its rivals, Expression Engine must not be dismissed that easily. Why? Simply because it also has powerful tools and features that are not offered by the more well-known blogging software. Aside from offering itself as an online diary, Expression Engine also lets you to create online photo galleries. There is a one time fee of $199 that applies if it will be used for commercial purposes and $149 if for personal use.

    5. Apache Roller -
    Apache is not just a web server, it is now a source of a full-featured group blog based on the popular Java web application as well. The main feature of this blogging software is its capacity to handle multiple users, even if the number reaches thousands. Apache Roller is still in its infancy stage since it only graduated from the Apache Incubator last March, 2007.


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