Free Blog Software Worth the Cost

In its basest form, a blog (short for web log) is just a regular text update of the publisher's thoughts and ideas. A simple text or HTML editor is the only must-have tool to create a blog. However, there are many different types of blog software available. 

In reality though, a successful blog should be easy to navigate and maintain. Simple navigation is something your readers will look for-wading through a bunch of links to find a post will kill your readership. On your side of the screen, your life will be made easier if you have a system that allows you to easily create, organize and publish.

Hosting Requirements
Most free blog software has a few basic requirements. Free blog software is typically written in the PHP language and uses the MySQL database software to store data and content. You'll need to confirm that the server that hosts your website is running these applications.

Your web host will typically be able to show you how to set up a blog site and should be familiar with PHP/MySQL setups, but it won't hurt to check before you get started.

Some Popular Choices

  • Moveable Type (moveabletype.org). One of the early leaders in blog software, Movable Type runs on Windows, Mac and Unix servers. Moveable Type is the free version of the blog software that powers Typepad, a fee-based blog-hosting site. Some users of Moveable Type have reported problems with spam, but third-party add-ons have been developed to deal with this issue.
  • B2evolution (b2evolution.net). A recent, but popular, entry in the blog software space, B2evolution (or b2evo) has a number of unique features. B2evo has a presentation system called "skinning" that allows you to present the same content in a number of different styles. Skinning is great for product or service presentations that need to be localized for different countries or cultures.
  • WordPress (wordpress.org). WordPress is quickly becoming the most popular free blog software available. This application allows you to easily moderate comments and it creates search engine friendly URLs. There are literally thousands of custom made templates for WordPress and customization is simple compared to other platforms.

A Hosted Option
Blogger (blogger.com). One of the largest hosted blog sites with millions of users, Blogger is developer-hosted blog software. As a user of Blogger, you only need access to a computer running a browser. On the down side, customizing Blogger templates requires a robust knowledge of HTML and style sheet construction.

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