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Blogging software

Discussion in 'HTML, Graphics & Programming' started by anotherF, 25 Feb 2006.

  1. anotherF

    Gangster

    Joined: 5 Feb 2006

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    Location: Birmingham

    What Blogging software do you recomend and why?
     
  2. Nate

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Nottingham

    i recommend my own script that a wrote myself. Failing that i have used czarnews in the past just a simple news script with and admin section simple to use and all you do is use a php include to include the news.php in whatever page you want.
     
  3. Scam

    Capodecina

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    Location: London

    Wordpress. :)
     
  4. Lt. Manlove

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Chester

    For the win to be honest. :D
     
  5. Mr_L

    Mobster

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    Location: Worcester

    Easy to install and use.
     
  6. GeForce

    Mobster

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    Location: Surrey, UK

    Gets my vote too: My Blog
     
  7. shifty_uk

    Capodecina

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    Location: Glasgow


    tbh
     
  8. anotherF

    Gangster

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    Location: Birmingham

    Well thanks for the advice, but i think i am going to dust down my copy of zend studio and put together somthing of my own as the features are simple enough to code!

    Just basic news updates and links.
     
  9. robmiller

    Capodecina

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    Rather than reinvent the wheel, I'd recommend Wordpress and then writing plugins to extend it as you see fit. You can do pretty much anything you want with Wordpress's plugin system.
     
  10. Beansprout

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    Simple, sure, but will you end up with something better in terms of the setup time (installing Wordpress versus writing your own)? Doubt it :p

    Custom software is always better than pre-written software if you're a competent programmer with the time, though.
     
  11. anotherF

    Gangster

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    Location: Birmingham

    my problem with wordpress is that they all seem to look the same. The functions i actually require are extreamly basic. Although as some one said above it is re inventing the wheel. May be i will try word press, how easy is it to edit the look and feel of it?
     
  12. robmiller

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  13. anotherF

    Gangster

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    Location: Birmingham

    thanks, might as well go with wordpress then and develop a theam
     
  14. Helium_Junkie

    Soldato

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    Location: East Sussex

    I have been told that a blog could improve my business websites ranking on search engines. My web manager dood wants to charge me ~£600 to set one up.
    1) Will this really help my site?
    2) Is £600 reasonable?
     
  15. clv101

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    It might help your site... but don't pay £600 until you've spent a hour working out whether you can do it yourself. Wordpress is very simple and you should be able to get the look and feel similar to your current site. Mine's in sig.
     
  16. Beansprout

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    Firstly, I'd be dubious about adding a blog causing your rankings to jump...most likely this theory exists because blogs get linked to (as is the whole point of them really) by people who read, which increases popularity...but I don't see how that would link to your business site unless the blog was a feature of the site.

    Blog software like Wordpress is totally free and there's robmiller's link to customising it there, so if you want to fiddle yourself by all means go for it.

    £600 is a reasonable rate for some quality work depending on exactly what you'd like doing....I'd expect a fully integrated blog customised to your exact needs for that price :)
     
  17. Augmented

    Soldato

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    Blog content and links from blogs are supposed to be considered more natural, and therefore given better weight when ranking a particular page or link.

    However, a blog with little or poor content is useless for SEO purposes. Paying £600 for a blog will get it built, but it won't do anything to improve ranking. Working on your blog and frequently submitting fresh content will. In addition, with good content, it's likely to improve repeat-traffic and therefore boost the usage and popularity of the parent site. It won't directly improve the main site, but it will drive targeted traffic towards it, and that should really be the aim.

    The design and functionality of blogs is of very little importance outside the world of web designers who use it as a showcase. The content, like all the web, is the most important thing. I'd recommend setting up a basic blog yourself, and then spend the cash on getting a good copywriter to author some relevant articles to start you on the way.
     
    Last edited: 1 Mar 2006
  18. Helium_Junkie

    Soldato

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    What is required server side for this blog software? I have FTP access but nothing more. Does the provider need to buy/install the software?
     
  19. Beansprout

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    Wordpress is freeeeeeee :D - linky.

    You'll need to create a database, and from then on FTP access should be fine. Check ze site for exact info :)
     
  20. Helium_Junkie

    Soldato

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    So my webhost wont provide those tools for me to use (so I have to pay their cost...).
    Is it possible to create a free blog on another server somewhere and still reap the benefit on my business website?