Blogging engines/tools etc

Blogging Engines, hosting not required, mostly free

Blogger, now owned by Google.

Blogit isn’t free, you get paid to write and to read, from $9.95/month


Inblogit the ultimate blogging tool for those who dare to break design barriers. Finally. The first blog service to be easily integrated into any design.

WordPress is an easy and powerful way to start blogging.

MySpace A place for friends

MSN Spaces now Windows Live Spaces

Opera BLogs

Xanga The Weblog Community

Hosting required, mostly opensource freeware

Most of below platform requires LAMP, i.e. Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP

Archangel, requires PHP and MySQL

ashWebDev, requires PHP and MySQL



BBlog is a powerful, elegant personal publishing system written in PHP and released as free, Open Source software under the GPL. It is a flexible but simple way to blog that works for blogging beginners, and can grow into a more advanced user’s needs.

blojsom A Java-based, full-featured, multi-blog, multi-user software package that was inspired by blosxom. blojsom aims to retain a simplicity in design while adding flexibility in areas such as the flavors, templating, plugins, and the ability to run multiple blogs with a single blojsom installation.



blosxom Blosxom (pronounced “blossom”) is a lightweight yet feature-packed weblog application designed from the ground up with simplicity, usability, and interoperability in mind.


DotClear, French

Drupal Drupal is an open-source platform and content management system for building dynamic web sites offering a broad range of features and services including user administration, publishing workflow, discussion capabilities, news aggregation, metadata functionalities using controlled vocabularies and XML publishing for content sharing purposes. Equipped with a powerful blend of features and configurability, Drupal can support a diverse range of web projects ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven sites.

EasyBlogs this one isn’t free




Geeklog is a PHP/MySQL based application for managing dynamic web content. “Out of the box”, it is a blog engine, or a CMS with support for comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, spam protection, and all the other vital features of such a system.

Habari is a collaborative open source blogging platform in active development. With Habari, you are given the power to create a blog or web journal of your own. I’m taking a test drive here

InTerra Blog Machine

ilohablog is an easy to use yet feature rich weblog system. You can easily create, customize, and maintain your own weblog from the web without having to worry about the nitty gritty technical details. We provide all the tools you need, so you can concentrate on content and let the words (and images!) flow.

Joomla is one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems on the planet. It is used all over the world for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Joomla! is easy to install, simple to manage, and reliable.


Logahead A brand new blogging engine with a ‘keep it simple’ philosophy. Designed from the ground-up to be fully buzzword compliant (AJAX, RSS, Web 2.0 – it’s all there), logahead lets you effortlessly do what blogs were invented for…put your words on the web. Just blog. One man’s effort by a 17 years old James. Development of this has been stopped I believe.

Lifetype is an open-source blogging platform with support for multiple blogs and users in a single installation.

Live Journal LiveJournal is a simple-to-use communication tool that lets you express yourself and connect with friends online. You can use LiveJournal in many different ways: as a private journal, a blog, a social network and much more.

Manila UserLand’s Manila website and weblog publishing system makes it simple for anyone to create and use web content, collaborate on projects, manage online discussion groups, podcast and share documents. Offering amazing functionality at an even more amazing price, Manila 9.5 makes it easy to publish websites, weblogs, intranets and portals. In addition, you can manage weblog communities, online discussion groups, mailing lists and upload and share almost any type of file. Manila also comes with built-in tools that make it easy to syndicate your web content via RSS.


MephistoEngine built on Ruby on Rails, see the ‘what is’ here

Movable Type


Particle Blogger

Personal Weblog


pMachine At pMachine we develop a feature-rich web publishing system called ExpressionEngine that empowers thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies around the world to easily manage their website.


pyBlosxom is a lightweight weblog system. It originally started out as a Python clone of Blosxom but has since evolved into a beast of its own. PyBlosxom focuses on three things: simplicity, extensibility, and community.

Radio UserLand is a unique and powerful web publishing and weblog tool that is used and praised by many of the world’s most accomplished web authors. With advanced features such as an integrated news aggregator, Radio enables users to do far more than is possible with the hosted-only weblog products offered by others.

Roller Weblogger





Symphony is a web publishing system that breaks the mould. It puts you in the driver’s seat with the power and flexibility to make your dream website a reality. That costs you $49.

Squarespace isn’t free




Traction Software Communicator and TeamPage Enterprise Blog products are built on the same powerful Traction platform and offer identical features. Communicator is limited to 3 projects (blogs) and 2 named users (projects can be open to Visitors), providing a low-cost way to start an Enterprise Blog which can scale to meet your future needs. TeamPage server allows unlimited projects and is licensed by named account.

Typepad a six apart product… can publish anything instantly. Be the sole author, or share a weblog with friends, family, or colleagues. Post your vacation photos, comment on the news, keep a private journal. How you use TypePad is up to you.

Typo runs on Ruby on Rails.

TextPattern A free, flexible, elegant, easy-to-use content management system for all kinds of websites, even weblogs. When it comes to publishing on the internet, beginners and experts alike are met with a bothersome paradox: word processors and graphics applications allow anyone to do a pretty good job of managing text and images on a personal computer, but to make these available to the worldwide web – a seemingly similar environment of documents and destinations – ease of use vanishes behind sudden requirements for multilingual programming skills, proficiency in computer-based graphic design, and, ultimately, the patience of a saint.

WordPress is a state-of-the-art semantic personal publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. What a mouthful. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time. More simply, WordPress is what you use when you want to work with your blogging software, not fight it.

Blogging tools that enables posting without logging into admin area.

Chrysanth WebStory this is pretty expansive at $39.95.

ecto desktop blogging client for MacOSX and Windows

Performancing, now called ScribeFire is an extension for Firefox. It’s not perfect but it’s the best productivity tool. It enables you to blog very quickly from within Firefox and edit previously posted articles. It doesn’t allow you to edit pages yet, for example this one, but I’m sure improvements are forthcoming.

w.bloggar is a desktop application. The approach is a bit outdated while everyone is trying to move away from desktop and put everything online. It’s nicely designed application trying to replicate all functionalities of the admin. However the downside is that you’ll have to learn the new interface which is different from the admin area that you already familiar with.

Zoho Writer is not really a blogging tool. It’s a online Word Processor, a component for a web office and web storage of your doc document and the like. It enables you to post to your blog, if you want to, but you’ll find unnecessary codes inserted which could be annoying to serious blogger. Again re-editing is required if you care about the outlook of your posts. is another one like Zoho Writer. Now Google has eaten it so I would expect improvement to enable posting to family member pretty soon.

OPML Editor can also be used to post to blogs but it’s still pretty early for average users.

I shouldn’t have forgotten Flock, beta version 0.7 for Windows download here or try latest builds here.

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