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Task: Research 1. What is a Blog, what does it do?A blog (a portmanteau of the term web log) is a personal journal published onthe World Wide Web consisting of discrete entries ("posts") typically displayed inreverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first. Blogs areusually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often arethemed on a single subject. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintainor add content to a blog.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlogMany people have started to create their own personal blogs to express theirthoughts and feelings. Blogging is not just limited to personal usage however.There are a lot of blogs that follow a theme such as: sports, politics, philosophy,social commentary, etc. These blogs comment on their own specific themes. Thisway blogging becomes a medium in which people can share their knowledge andopinions about a variety of themes and topics. Internet businesses have alsostarted their own blogs to keep their customers and business partners informed onthe latest product news and reviews.http://www.whatdoesblogstandfor.com/ 2. What types of blog are available? Provide 3 examples (URLs) and front- page screenshots of blogs that cater for a specific demographic.Types of BlogsThere are many different types of blogs on WordPress.com, and they span over100 languages. You can browse our tags to get a sense of the topics covered byWordPress.com bloggers, or take a look at these examples of popular blogcategories: Personal: This is the broadest category and includes blogs about personal topics like politics, music, family, travel, health, you name it. Business: Professionals ranging from realtors to lawyers and stock brokers are using WordPress to share their expertise, and companies have discovered the power of blogs to personally engage with their customers.
Schools: WordPress is a great way for teachers and students to collaborate on classroom projects. Non-profits: Foundations, charities, and human rights groups find our blogs to be great tools to raise awareness and money for their causes. Politics: Members of parliament, political parties, government agencies, and activists using our blogs to connect with their constituencies. Military: Members of the military blog to report what they see happening in various parts of the world and to stay in touch with their families. Private: Some people make their blogs private to share photos and information within families, companies, or schools. Sports: We’ve got teams, athletes, and fans using blogs to express and share their passion for various sports. How-to, tips and reviews: There are lots of blogs that share tips and reviews about cooking, games, music, books, movies, and so on.Blogs that violate our advertising policy or fall into one of the following categoriesare not allowed on WordPress.com: Scraper blogs: Blogs that take content from other blogs and re-publish it without permission (this is sometimes called scraping). If a blog contains stolen content, it’s gone! SEO blogs: Blogs that are written for search engines instead of humans. These blogs are dedicated to trying to fool Google and other search engines into ranking them or the sites they link to highly. WordPress.com is not meant for this type of activity. Affiliate marketing blogs: Blogs with the primary purpose of driving traffic to affiliate programs and get-rich-quick schemes (“Make six figures from home!!”, “20 easy steps to top profits!!”etc.). This includes multi-level marketing (MLM) blogs and pyramid schemes. To be clear, people writing their own original book, movie or game reviews and linking them to Amazon or people linking to their own products on Etsy do NOT fall into this category. Here is a thread in the support forums that talks more about which affiliate links are OK or not OK. Warez blogs: Blogs that promote pirated copies of eBooks, software packages, music, movies, games, etc. Automated blogs: Blogs that are generated by computers, including randomly generated blogs, blogs that re-publish press releases, marketing material, search engine results, link dumps or any other mass-produced content.http://en.wordpress.com/types-of-blogs/
http://demographymatters.blogspot.com.au/ 3. Compile a list of 5 blogging systems and list their strengths and weaknesses. Specifically look at customisability, ease-of-use, is there any advertising? Can I remove any sponsorship branding? Can I delete it/ re- name it? Can I use it for commercial purposes? Is there free technical support? Is it search-engine-friendly? Can I embed RSS feeds? Can I add a site statistics tool to find out the number of visitors? Is it secure (is it hack- proof?)1. WordPressWordPress is the most famous and widely-used blogging platform. It features avery intuitive web-based installer so anyone from skill level novice to expert canquickly install the software without any hiccups.The WordPress community is a major asset to the blogging software. It has one ofthe largest and most passionate communities of developers and users, so onecould find just about any theme or plugin imaginable. The possibilities forextending the software are endless, and many web sites and services have usedthe WordPress code base to build entirely different applications. WordPress also
features integration with Akismet, one of the most effective spam protectionsystems for blogging software.WordPress makes it easy for new bloggers to not only install the software, but alsoto download and install automatic upgrades to plugins with only one click. Thelearning curve for WordPress is fairly minimal, and if a new user runs in toproblems, they can always check the extensive documentation. WordPress isperfect for the new blogger who wants to get his feet wet installing their first blogsoftware, or the advanced developer who’s looking to extend the stable code intosomething entirely different.If you want to start a multiple-blog site, you can also check out WordPress MU.WordPress MU is the same code base as the mature WordPress single blog codebase, with some added functionality.2. Movable TypeWhile WordPress is the most widely-adopted blogging platform, Movable Type hasthe most prolific installs of high-traffic blogs. Their high-profile installs include(and certainly aren’t limited to) Huffington Post (the most popular blog on theWeb), Gawker blogs (Lifehacker, Gizmodo, etc.), BoingBoing and dooce.A major reason for so many high-profile sites using Movable Type is the built-insupport for multiple blogs running on one install. You can quickly create asmany blogs as you wish, creating blog networks like Huffington Post and Gawkerinstantly.While Moveable Type has historically been a step behind WordPress in terms userfriendliness, Movable Type has made great strides to improve their interface andinstaller, and possibly the biggest step forward recently was moving the platformto open source. This has grown the community considerably.Movable Type is a great choice if you want to run multiple blogs or a blog networkwith the software that can handle large amounts of traffic.3. ExpressionEngineExpressionEngine is a very robust blogging platform, but isn’t free. The bestfeature about ExpressionEngine is the feature to publish multiple websites, eitherusing different subdomains on a single domain, or across multiple domains.You could use one code base to power multiple sites across multiple domains. Thesoftware features an extremely clean and simple backend that shouldn’t confusethe blogger. Designers and developers love ExpressionEngine for the fact that it’squite easy to hand over a site and have the client update his own blog. It’s a solidall-in-one package.ExpressionEngine is really geared for people who are trying to start a multi-blogsite, but anyone can use the software quite easily thanks to its thoughtful andelegant design. A single license costs $99.95, but if you’re running a personal blogyou can download the core version of EE.4. Drupal
Drupal isn’t your typical blogging software. While it has an incredible communitybehind the code and many blogs use it for blogging software, it’s not just bloggingsoftware. Drupal is community software.Drupal really shines as blog software for a blogging community. Performancing isa great example of using Drupal as a community of blogs. Whether you want topower one blog to a 100, Drupal is an excellent choice.Another strong point about Drupal is the versatility of the software. It comespackaged with a robust user system, but also a lot of community-friendly featureslike forums, books (for creating documents in a “book” structure) and a trackerwhich allows you to follow updates and content that other users have publishedrecently.Drupal also comes with a large community of developers and modules. With thesemodules, one could build any type of site or add nearly any sort of functionality totheir Drupal installation. Many top-notch sites use Drupal to publish their multipleblogs and user communities. Performancing, Spread Firefox, The Onion,and Ubuntu and others.Drupal is the perfect blogging software for anyone wanting to add a community totheir blog with forums and extensions.5. TextpatternTextpattern is a much simpler blogging platform than any of the above mentionedsoftware. It isn’t even packaged with a WYSIWYG editor, and instead relies onthe Textile mark-up language to format the text.Textpattern is very similar to ExpressionEngine, except without many of thefeatures that ExpressionEngine provides out of the box. (You can read more aboutthe differences between the two blog platforms.) While Textpattern is a stable,mature piece of software, it’s not the top choice for beginners, as they have tolearn the Textile language or write posts in html. If they want to have a WYSIWYGeditor, they’ll have to install the plugin, as it’s not provided by default.There are plenty of themes and extensions, and while the developer communityisn’t as large as WordPress’s, Textpattern has an extremely loyal and dedicateddeveloper community.Textpattern is a great choice for a more advanced blogger who appreciatessimplicity and doesn’t mind learning Textile.http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/29/10-weblog-engines-reviewed/ 4. Create your own blog –http://www.resumejourney.blogspot.com.au/
5. Discussion Forum - share your Blog with others in this course – go toIntroduction forum.