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Other than WordPress blogging – Part 2

Although one hears a lot about WordPress, when it comes to blogging, there are several other platforms available to be used and some of them are very good indeed. With the advent of WordPress, they have tended to dominate the market much as Twitter and Facebook have done with social media. They are the leader of the field, however, there are many others and some of them hardly get a remark.

One of these is Lifetype. This is a WYSIWYG kind of program, which is great for most people. It can be a little daunting not to be able to see where you are placing something and how it looks until after you have saved the draft and then looked at the page set up. I am all for What You See is What you Get.  You can add both pictures, and pod casts to this service. It is extremely user orientated and easy to use. There is a dashboard which keeps you up to date on what has happened on the site since you were last there. You can do a mass upload through the dashboard should you want to replace files or photos or podcasts. They have a large variety of free templates available, which are easy to install via the dashboard. They don’t have the huge variety of plug-ins that WordPress does but there are several available if you look in the Wiki plug-ins area. They do have a very good anti spam filter, and you can also give others permission to write in your blog, which means you can have help in creating a community.

You can install in a matter of minutes by following the wizard and there is also a mobile option.

Another blogging platform is the Frog CMS.  This is slightly different from the norm as it uses only PHP. This is similar to Ruby on Rails, but it does require PHP 5 as well as MySQL database. This has a code for templates, which is very simple. As it only requires PHP, you don’t have to learn any other coding language.

Take a look at Drupal and how it works. This is a way to build huge enterprises online. There are literally thousands of modules that you can use to build on. This is a way of getting your site on in a very short time as it. This platform is free and with the multitude people involved all over the world it is a platform constantly being advanced.

You don’t need to know about programming to use this platform and the great thing about it is you can use what they call a “distribution” which gives you a basic site up and is ready to use.

If you merely want a blog or a daily diary online you can use Serendipity.

This has a rather low amount of templates. I think it was 80 at last count, but if you don’t want a huge website to be built this should be ample. This is a WYSIWYG type of platform and for the beginner blogger it could be a good starting point.


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