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Open Source Blogging Tools

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Open Source Blogging Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Michelle Murrain, NOSI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>June 24, 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. What we'll cover today <ul><li>What is blogging? </li></ul><ul><li>Options for creating a blog </li></ul><ul><li>CMS vs. Blogging tool </li></ul><ul><li>Drupal & Joomla CMS and Blogging </li></ul><ul><li>MovableType </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress case study </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is blogging? <ul><li>Regularly updated news, opinion or journaling </li></ul><ul><li>Often read by RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>Usually (but not always) allows comments </li></ul><ul><li>Used to engage constituents </li></ul><ul><li>Can have one, or multiple authors </li></ul>
  4. 4. Options for creating a blog <ul><li>Software as a Service, such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LiveJournal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both free and paid versions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free, and very cheap paid versions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ranges in price </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogware </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sold only through resellers </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Options for creating a blog <ul><li>Open Source Blogging tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MovableType </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B2evolution </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Source CMS tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joomla </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many (not all) have blogs as a part of the integrated CMS package </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some (like Plone) require add-on tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Proprietary Blog/CMS tools </li></ul><ul><li>Build your own </li></ul>Don't ever do this!
  6. 6. CMS or Blog? <ul><li>CMS – Content Management System: designed to manage an entire website </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging tool – just designed to manage a blog </li></ul><ul><li>If you already have a CMS, and want to add a blog: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If the CMS is capable, or there is a strong add-on, this is a good option </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A standalone blog tool has advantages/disadvantages: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different authentication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Designed to be only a blog – strong blogging plug ins, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blog, not CMS workflow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Different template </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. CMS or Blog? <ul><li>Using a blogging tool for a CMS is not recommended. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not designed as a CMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides real limitations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You'll be sorry later </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Drupal Blog <ul><li>A blog in Drupal is a module </li></ul><ul><li>Authenticated users may, or may not, have access to the blog module, depending on what group they are in </li></ul><ul><li>Blog is directly connected to an individual user </li></ul><ul><li>Comments are built in </li></ul>
  9. 10. Joomla <ul><li>Blog is a content category </li></ul><ul><li>Comments are not out-of-the-box – you need to add a plug in to deal with blog comments </li></ul>
  10. 12. Movable Type <ul><li>Used to be proprietary (there are still proprietary versions)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Now GPL v2 </li></ul><ul><li>MT is what powers TypePad </li></ul><ul><li>Very professional, high end </li></ul>
  11. 16. WordPress (and‏ <ul><li>“ Industry Standard” </li></ul><ul><li>Very easy to set up and use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many hosting companies have “one click” installation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> very easy to set up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even without that, it is quite easy to install </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very intuitive interface </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Designed just for blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple authors and roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subscriber, contributor, author, editor, administrator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link management (for blogrolls)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comment management/moderation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds for entries and comments </li></ul></ul>
  12. 17. WordPress <ul><li>Lots of templates available </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of plug ins </li></ul><ul><li>Undergoing a lot of development – it has improved greatly over the years </li></ul><ul><li>WordPress MU ( μ )‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-user – basically make your own </li></ul></ul>
  13. 18. <ul><ul><li>DEMO </li></ul></ul>
  14. 19. Word Press Case Study <ul><li>The AAUW (American Association of University Women) launched a blog in February 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Peggy Woods-Clark </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Website Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holly Kearl </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Manager </li></ul></ul>