Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Blogging Scripts

After few months of blogging, I find that there are quite a number of limitations when I'm with Blogger. Firstly, modifications to the template are restricted. I'm not allowed to do any php scriptings. The blog itself is unable to automatically send pings to other sites, besides the default site. The list goes on.

Therefore, I spent some time researching on some blogging scripts. Here's a list of open source blogging scripts that I found.

b2evolution
bBlog
BLOG:CMS
boastMachine
FireBlog
Nucleus CMS
pLog
Serendipity
Simplog
Textpattern
WordPress

There are so many of them. As a newcomer in this field, I really can't make up my mind on which to use. I've seen some of my friends using WordPress and they are quite comfortable with it. I would appreciate if any of you who have use any of the scripts, would share your experience with me. Besides those scripts, I've seen some bloggers programmed the script themselves for their own convenience. What do you think?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Alex said...

well get used to blogspot first, i started off with it too. Then u'd find tat it'd become more demanding so u'd need a more poweful platform. I'm using WordPress now, and no regrets :)

P/s if u need to try out wordpress first (since it needs to be installed in a server,) just email me. I'd be glad to give u a free webhost that supports not just wordpress but also b2evolution,etc.

Happy bloggin!

12:49 AM  
Blogger dannyFoo said...

If you really like PHP, go with Wordpress.

Out of the list, the more reknown ones are Nucleus, Textpattern and Wordpress. I don't think you'll find Wordpress difficult to use since you like PHP.

There comes a time when you feel like you need to grow from your current blogging ways. When that happens, you get these ideas now. :)

Good luck.

1:52 AM  
Blogger EngLee said...

Thanks for the offer, Alex. I'll let you know when I need it!

Danny, this is the time for me to grow! :) I've been blogging for quite a while and I find that I really like to do it.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous LcF said...

WordPress. Try it and you love it.

11:13 AM  
Blogger EngLee said...

Short and easy. :)

Everybody goes for WordPress. Where are the supporters of other scripts?

11:24 AM  
Anonymous thatman said...

Not to be theodd one out...but I use wordpress too...I just had a problem finding a nice template...nut that you can edit for yourself...css.

Everyone's not just saying it, but wordpress really is great!

Send as many pings as you like! To whom ever you like!

I think it shouldn't be too difficult to code the scripts...but why reinvent the wheel?

Just let us know why you start a new blog...so we can update our bookmarks.

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Rik said...

@ thatman: I did wrote my own becouse i wanted something simple and not have to mess in somebody elses code when i have to change anything.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous Leo Kent said...

I started out by using blogger, but later gave up with it as I couldn't use my own domain name. I started out with b2evo which was good but it was too hard to get clean urls.

I looked around and saw that Wordpress seemed to be a very popular choice so I gave that a go. At first I couldn't see the advantages but I soon found that it is cvery easy to make templates for and to create plugins.

As long as it has the features you need and you can make a decent theme for it, it doesn't really matter which you choose!

1:46 AM  
Blogger EngLee said...

thatman,

There's just people who like to code everything themselves for their own conveniences, Rik is one of them! :) I'll be glad to inform you all if I've made it to my own domain.

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Rik,

You really did a good job in coding your own script for your own blog. I really like that too, but I don't have much time for it. I guess customizing scripts would save a lot of time because I don't have to program all the functions myself. :) If I was to code automatic pinger myself, it should at least takes a few hours. Keep up your good work in maintaining your unique blog!

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Leo Kent,

Actually, you can use your own domain for blogger (if you are not aware of it). That's the advance feature of blogger. But, there's still many other limitations.

I guess WordPress is the trend now. Getting script with more features is always good, even if I don't need it right now. :)

I can see that you are doing a good job in creating templates for WordPress. Maybe I'll need your advice in the future!

Thanks for sharing your experience, guys.

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Oliver Zheng said...

WordPress all the way.

Most of the others were made way after WordPress was started. Most of them are personal projects (WordPress isn't). In a way, WordPress offers more features and support as well as recognition from the many WordPress users out there. I use it :)

8:22 AM  
Blogger EngLee said...

Wordpress, again. :)

You have a nice blog, Oliver. And I've added a link over to your blog!

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Oliver Zheng said...

Thanks! I added your link as well.

Look into WordPress, it will really surprise you with its features. Are you going to get a server?

9:20 AM  
Blogger EngLee said...

I've already gotten web space from my friend.

You have good offer for me?

9:32 AM  
Anonymous Oliver Zheng said...

Nah I don't do web hosting :)

9:37 AM  

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