blog software

b2evolution Blogging Platform

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When I was first trying to figure out what how to install and work all this new open source software I was finding, I came across b2evolution. In my opinion, this software is the closest thing to WordPress as you can get without actually being WordPress.  It has very similar functionality but a different looking admin area with its main page also called a dashboard. It has skins, plugins, and language packs too. The documentation is very well organized with extremely helpful information. I often find WordPress documentation convoluted or difficult to locate, so this was refreshing to find. There also appears to be quite an active community forum where you have a better chance of finding what you’re looking for, as opposed to the WordPress community where you have to hope you search for the correct terms to find your answer. At least with a forum, you can narrow it down by browsing to the appropriate forum first before searching.

I really like that b2evolution has a Stats section in the admin area. Here you can view how many hits you’ve received from feeds, robots, or actual browsers. You can also see where your visitors are coming from by viewing the referring domains tab. Other than than, I’m not noticing a heck of a lot of differences from that of a WordPress blog other than the layout. I’ve read that you can have multiple blogs under one installation, but I don’t think this is something that would interest me anyway. If you’ve already managed to become familiar with WordPress, I would see no obvious reason to defect to b2evolution and vice versa.

By the way, I really like the photo blog demo. I was clicking through the photos while thinking about what I could do on my own with it. I had to stop and separate myself from the computer. If I’m left to my own devices, I would now have another new domain name with b2evolution installed running the photo blog theme for some crazy idea that just came to me in passing. That’s my curse, I suppose.

Blogging with WordPress

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I figured I would start off this inaugural posting with arguable the best open source software available. WordPress is a publishing platform that is not only easy to use, but it has a large collection of attractive themes for various uses.

I forget the first version of WordPress I ever installed, but I remember actually struggling as I tried to figure out how to install it. I look back now and I’m a bit embarrassed because since then I must have installed WordPress successfully at least a hundred times. What makes it even easier is it’s included in the Fantastico script library that is often included in a web hosts control panel area. This makes installing a quick and easy automated process.

This software has a massive community of users and developers that gives this program so many different options for plugins and aesthetic consideration. It’s also incredibly easy to figure out how to customize certain areas such as the header, footer, and sidebar. I am living proof that anyone can learn to install and customize WordPress with a limited technical background.

Although no script is bullet proof, WordPress is constantly improved and new patches are available quite often right from the administration area. Whether or not this fact makes the platform more secure is debatable, but it certainly makes me feel better about building websites on a platform that is continually developed and then utilized by an extremely active community.

There are so many different kinds of software out there that specialize in one specific area such as galleries, social networking, personal blogs, ecommerce, news, etc. However, there’s only one I know of that can be used so simply for any of those things and so much more, and that’s WordPress. If you have an idea for a website and you’re searching for the right open source website script to use, you should really explore all that WordPress can do for you.