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Blog Software Applications

Part of the Blogging For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You might want to run your own blogging system right from the beginning. This type of setup is known as nonhosted or installable blogging software. By installing blog software on your own web server, you take on all responsibilities related to maintaining the blogging software and the data created when you blog.

Strictly from a technical point of view, this type of setup might be a little on the difficult side for a new blogger and cause more stress, especially for the nontechnical folks who are figuring things out while they go. But you ultimately have more flexibility when you use a nonhosted blog setup. If you love a challenge or want all the bells and whistles, consider signing up for a domain and web host and installing the software yourself. The good news is that you have to install the software only once.

Many of today's popular social networking tools have blogging components; in fact, some of them began their lives as sites for members to blog within a community. As with hosted blogs, community blogging tools are easy, low-tech solutions that put the technical problems into the hands of the community's creators, but also limit some of the flexibility to customize your blog.

Software Notes
Apache Roller Open source, Java app, install on your own server, free
b2evolution Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
Battle Blog Open source, ASP, install on your own server, free
Blog.com Hosted software, free blogs with ads, premium blogs ad-free
BlogEngine.NET ASP.NET, install on your own server, $4.95/month
Blogger Hosted blog software, free
Blurty Community blogging tool, hosted, free
boastMachine Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
Drupal Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
ExpressionEngine PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, starts at $49.99
FlatPress Open source, PHP, install on your own server, no database needed, free
Geeklog Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
InsaneJournal Community blogging tool, hosted, begins at $5 a month
LifeType Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
LiveJournal Community blogging tool, open source, hosted, free
MacJournal Mac OS X, desktop blogging tool that ties into other blog services, $39.95
Manila Hosted software, starts at $99 a year
Movable Type Available for multiple OSes, install on your own server, pricing varies
Nucleus CMS Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
Open Diary Community blogging, hosted software, free blogs with ads, $12 for no ads
Pebble Open source, Java, install on your own server, free
Serendipity Open source, PHP/MySQL or other database, install on your own server, free
Simplelog Ruby on Rails/MySQL, install on your own server, free
Squarespace Hosted software, pricing starts at $8 a month
Textpattern Open source, PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
Traction TeamPage Java, install on your own server, pricing varies
TypePad Hosted software, pricing starts at $8.95 a month
Typo Open source, Ruby on Rails/MySQL or other database, install on your own server, free
WinJournal Windows, desktop blogging tool that ties into other blog services, $39.95
WordPress PHP/MySQL, install on your own server, free
WordPress.com Hosted blog software, free
Xanga Teen-oriented community blogging service, hosted, free
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