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Choosing a Blog Application

Choosing a Blog Application

When you are setting up your a blog – whether it be your first or another one to add to your collection, one of the main factors that you will end up considering is the blog application which you are going to install within your web space to allow you to write the blog articles that you want others to be able to openly view and comment on if they wish; there are many smaller factors which can affect your decision in relation to the blog application which you choose to base either your blog or website – and in some cases, both – this article should help you in the decision making process since the main factors affecting your decision will be discussed in depth. Blogs are in most cases special websites where people write articles or posts on any subject, although some blogs are dedicated to specific subjects which means that the posts which they contain are normally much more specialized than those which are contained on other blogs which are located on the internet; blogs also let visitors and readers comment on the articles in most cases, this means that a reader can easily suggest an improvement for the article or post a comment arguing a point which had been made by the author or ‘blogger’ who wrote the post for their blog or for the blog that they work for, or post their articles on. You can also use blog software to build your website on, since a blog application will allow you to manage the content of your website with ease on the fly from any internet computer or location – this means that you can use the blog application which you choose to use in the same way as you would use a CMS system, you are also able to add add-ons to your blog application of choice in most cases which means that you can easily extend its features and usability; this also means that you can use the blog application which you choose to use to create a dynamic website to which you can allow your visitors to have more interactivity with – this means features such as the ability to comment on the individual pages with which you have populated your website with, this in turn means that your visitors can see each others comments and respond to each other with their own opinions without the need for a forum – which can help create a sense of community within your website. Other factors which can affect your choice of blog software can include the price of it if you choose to go with a commercial application, the required environment to ensure that the chosen application is able to function without any ill effects – if you are new to this area of web hosting/web design then you should also consider the type and amount of support which is available for your chosen application – this is because if you need help installing the application, then you might not be able to get the necessary helpful support if you choose to go with a lesser known application, but if you go with a better known application then you should be able to receive the support that you need to ensure that you are able to get your new blog started up successfully.

Administration Features

The first and main feature that you should consider when choosing a blog application to use is how far the administration settings in the administration panel of the application concerned stretch; these features include the WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) editor as well as other settings which let you configure how the application which your blog is based on manages certain things as well as how advanced other administration features of the application which you have chosen to use are. The WYSIWYG editor which should be supplied with your chosen blog application is what you use to write posts and articles which you will then post onto your blog for your visitors and readers to read – and if you have the facility enabled, your visitors and readers should be able to comment on your content; the WYSIWYG editor is an important administration feature of your chosen application since the features between the different editors can differ, and the more features that are available within a WYSIWYG editor the more content and wider range of content that you can add to your posts – for example some WYSIWYG editors allow you to add flash content and images to your posts which means that you can create multimedia posts and articles alongside your regular text based articles, this itself can help distinguish your blog or website amongst others which might be using the same application or design. Other administration features of any basic blog application should allow you to manage and install add-ons to your application, which means that with the use of add-ons you can easily expand the capabilities of your chosen application both in terms of the general front end which your users and visitors will see as well as the administration area which you will use to manage your blog as well as where you will be able to create new posts and articles from; with the use of add-ons you can also make your blog much more interactive and usable for the visitors and readers that you receive to your blog – this means that your existing visitors and readers are more likely to refer others to your website which in turn means that your visitor numbers will easily rise as time goes on. Some blogs contain administration features that can determine how you post your posts or articles that will then be displayed on the front page of your blog for your visitors and readers to view; for example, in most cases you can configure your chosen blog application to pull emails from a certain email account and them automatically post them to the blog as if they were articles – this means that if you’re not at a computer to write you’re article, you can easily use a portable device with email capabilities such as a mobile phone to email through what you want to post, it will then be automatically processed by your blog application and posted into your blog so that your visitors and readers can see it – this is perfect for you if you have a job such as a journalist who need to keep their blog or website updated regularly but doesn’t have constant internet access but always has some sort of mobile device with them.

Add-Ons

Add-ons can help extend the default capabilities, as well as give the ability to create new abilities for the blog application which you choose to use for either your blog or your website; this means that you should always make sure that the blog application which you choose to use has the ability to accept third party add-ons, and that it has a good repository of third party add-ons since you might want to take advantage of this feature, and because of this you want to make sure that there is a good selection of add-ons for you to choose from. The fact that add-ons are able to expand the capabilities, and in turn the possibilities of what you could use your install of your chosen blog application mean that you can use your install for a mass of activities, which means that you are able to create a highly interactive environment for your readers, or if you choose to use you chosen blog application as a CMS system, website for your visitors so that they are able to search and view content much more easily; this means that you might be able to increase the number of visitors which you receive to your website. However, add-ons don’t have to be about increasing the interactivity that readers or visitors can have with your blog or website, nor do they have to be about making the administration area much better for you as the webmaster, or increasing the look of your blog or website in general, as most people tend to think they are; for example, in most cases you are able to get add-ons for blog applications which are known as ‘SEO add-ons’ – these have the power to help increase your search engine ranking, and in turn increasing your visitor count since more people will be able to find your website through search engine keyword searches.

Commercial or Open Source

One main factor that can affect your choice of blog software is the fact of whether the pieces of software that you have been looking at are open source or commercial; commercial piece of blog software are ones which will cost you to have the ability to use them since you will have to buy a license in order for you to be allowed to use them, open source pieces of blog software on the other hand are completely free meaning that you can even download the source code for them so that you can construct your own add-ons based around their infrastructure so that the piece of blog software which you have chosen to use functions in the way that you want it to – this wouldn’t be possible with commercial blog applications since in most cases, you aren’t given access to their source code. In terms of support, you are normally given phone support with commercial applications, since you have paid them money and in turn will provide you with one to one professional support – in most cases this will only last a year meaning that you will have to renew your cover for it when you’re six months is up; there is no official support for open source blog applications since you are not paying anyone for the right to use it, meaning that there isn’t the money there to pay people to provide telephone support for the piece of blog software concerned – however, there are normally dedicated blogs which are normally able to provide you with a good level of support if you are new to the world of blog software, and have come across some sort of problem – whether it be not being able to install the application correctly or forgetting the administrator account’s password and not being able to reset by yourself for whatever reason. In most cases you will find that commercial pieces of blog software are much more secure than their open source counterparts – this is because you are paying for a license which means that there are paid developers who are there developing the product day in and day out, which means that if a security flaw is found in the application then it can be rectified by the paid developers more or less immediately; open source pieces of blog software on the other hand are usually much less secure than their commercial counterparts, this is because there is nothing to pay for a team of developers to develop the application day in and day out, which goes along with the idea that these applications are normally developed by a few developers within their spare time – this means that is a security flaw is found within a piece of open source blog software, then it isn’t going to be rectified immediately since the developers don’t have the time to stop their paid job to correct the problem concerned.

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