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#1 2007-04-03 10:44:03

zettaichan
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Registered: 2007-04-03
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Seeking simple multi user, multi blog software

Whee, first post.

I've been working with blog software for years. I had GreyMatter when it was still being developed, then Movable Type when it was free. I've also used WordPress, LiveJournal, and b2evolution, and tinkered with LifeType.

Currently I use b2evolution, but the documentation has been disappointing to me, and I don't feel that it's quite what I'm looking for. I would much rather write a blog and participate in comments than spend a lot of time maintaining the blogs and fussing with the software. I'm not looking for something to fiddle around and play with, in other words; I'm hoping for find something useful that I can install, set up, customize, update occasionally, but otherwise just use without tinkering.

Here are the software features I would love to have in a blogware package...

Multiple users
Multiple weblogs running off one installation
Ability to make a single post appear on multiple weblogs easily
Good anti spam screening, either built in or plugins
Good, clear documentation that non-developer, only-basically-technical users can understand
Reasonably easy to customize each blog's appearance with good grasp of HTML and CSS
Tag support
Threaded comments
More importantly, ability to have subsequent comment replies emailed to original commenters (I know LiveJournal does this, I'm not sure I've seen it in any other software!)
If not the ability to email commenters with their comment replies, then the ability to subscribe to a post's comments
Enables users to easily make posts and edit their own posts.
Support for sidebar/topbar content modules like Flickr photostreams, blogrolls, text ads, etc.

Ease of use is very important to me, but I don't need a totally dumbed-down package. My users know HTML and don't need WYSIWYG editors, though support for SmartyPants or similar text prettifiers would be a bonus. Blogs and posts made in standards compliant code, also a fond hope. And it would also be great to have the ability to register commenters without giving them a blog or posting ability.

Right now I'm looking most hopefully at LifeType, WordpressMU, and Serendipity. But since I became disillusioned with b2evo, I'd like to get more information before I make the next jump to a new software package. I'm always happy to use open source and free software but I'm willing to go commercial if that's what will get me the right features and ease of use.

Thanks for any advice you have, and thanks for creating this great resource.

Last edited by zettaichan (2007-04-03 10:45:00)

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#2 2007-07-02 16:50:28

designmission
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Re: Seeking simple multi user, multi blog software

The multi user version of WordPress has come a long way and would likely fit your needs, as would http://www.elgg.org -- not rated here, but really a great open source app.

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#3 2007-07-14 00:24:33

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Re: Seeking simple multi user, multi blog software

You may look at Drupal and Geeklog. Geeklog will 'soon' have better comments with emailing users. I don`t know about tagging nor about the single post appearing on multiple weblogs. Maybe a hack could be programmed for you. This might be cheaper than a commercial software.

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#4 2008-07-27 01:38:40

yogihw
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Re: Seeking simple multi user, multi blog software

Hi. If you still haven't found what you're looking for, try Pivot. In addition to multi-blog, multi-user capability, this blog system uses only XML to store data, no SQL database is required (big advantage for those who want to save their SQL accounts for something else).

It's a bit tedious to set up its multi-user-multi-blog capability at first, but that should be equivalent to opening up multiple blogs at Blogger.com.

One difference between this system and others (like WordPress MU) is that you will write to Categories instead of the Blogs directly. The blogs will then sort out which categories to publish, by themselves.

Putting it in slightly different perspective: You can give permissions to users for Categories instead of the blogs (though you can of course achieve one-to-one relationship between Category and Blog, by setting up only one category for each blog).

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#5 2010-06-26 15:24:23

eumail
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Re: Seeking simple multi user, multi blog software

Currently I use b2evolution, but the documentation has been disappointing to me, and I don't feel that it's quite what I'm looking for. I would much rather write a blog and participate in comments than spend a lot of time maintaining the blogs and fussing with the software. I'm not looking for something to fiddle around and play with, in other words; I'm hoping for find something useful that I can install, set up, customize, update occasionally, but otherwise just use without tinkering.

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