Choosing a Blogging CMS

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Choosing CMS

We are running a Choose CMS series to identify the features of various categories of PHP CMS. As is evident from the title of series, the target is to choose the right CMS that suits our requirements. The first post of the series talks the qualities of a good CMS and identifies different genres of CMS. The follow-up article lists various General Purpose CMS – their main features and possible uses.

After a long while, we are back with this series and today, we read about the Blogging CMS.

Introduction to Blogging CMS

The web-logs are popularly known as Blog. Blogs are the most simple and popular among the PHP CMS. Blogs are easy to setup and maintain. Each blog is an online diary on a particular subject. Usually a person or at times, a group of people write posts on the blog. In addition to popular blogging genres like photo blogs, video blogs, audio blogs or podcasts, there are technical blogs like ours. But, the most popular are the technology and gadget blogs that tell you about the latest updates from the world of technology. Gadget is another refined category of technology blogs.

Features of a Blogging CMS

A blog is a specific kind of website that possesses certain distinctive features. For the sake of unique identity, every CMS should be easily themable so that different people can create and use different themes. Some of the most common features expected in a Blog CMS are:

  • Create content like Posts, and Pages.
  • Display the posts in Chronological order with options for custom navigation like archives, authors.
  • Organize content by using categories and tags.
  • Allow and deny comments on posts and pages.
  • Spam protection for comments.
  • Add videos, images and audio files to the content.
  • Export content via RSS.
  • Automatic notifications for pingbacks and trackbacks.
  • Support for plugins to easily extend the functionality.

Where can you use a Blogging CMS?

A blog CMS is essentially a one-to-many communication medium. A Blog is one of the most popular social media. The Blog CMSes are being used by more than 100 million live blogs. You can use a blog to express your views. However, I am trying to list a few generic uses to a Blog CMS:

  • Commenting on specific topics like technology, politics, business, health, travel and any topics of your choice.
  • Subject-specific posting on topics like gadgets, bikes, cars and so on.
  • Multi-media blogging like photo, audio and video blogs.
  • Corporates blog to create awareness about their brand and products.
  • Aggregator blogs pull together useful content from different blogs to one place.

The Blog CMS can be extended for many other purposes by using the suitable plugins.

Popular Blogging CMS

Blog is a part of most of the General Purpose CMS, but a full-fledged Blog CMS is tailor-made for blogging requirements. Here is the list of the popular blogging CMS:

The above CMS provide the code for self-hosted blogging. Then, there are some online services that can be used to start your blog without using any hosting services. Popular hosted blogging tools are:

Having listed the popular Blogging CMS, I must say that WordPress is so widely adopted that it has become a synonymous to the Blog CMS.

Popular Blogging Sites

Some of the popular websites built on different CMS are:

The Popular Engadget and TUAW websites are built with the Blogsmith CMS. However, not much can be found about this CMS.

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