There are many different types of blogging software packages that have been created over the past few years. Most software will fall into one of the following categories:
- Hosted software – by far the most basic and easy to create because you do not have to worry about anything, but creating an account. It is similar to creating a free e-mail account where you enter a few pieces of information such as name and e-mail address.
- Open source software – most blogs will fall into this category where you can download the software and install in on a web server that you have access too.
Most software is free to use; However, if you are interested in having more control or features many of the hosted software allows you to upgrade your account for a fee.
Here is just a short list of blog software that is hosted and available for free:
- Live Journal
- Word Press – has both a free hosted service and a version that can be downloaded and installed on a web server
- Typepad – a paid hosted subscription that allows for a 14 day trial
There are plenty of different blogging software packages to choose from and my no means this list is an endorsment. Please consult the Create A Blog web page at Stanford University for some more information about blogs.
Yes, so far I’ve tried the hosted software, WordPress. It’s really easy to use and there are many languages to choose. However, they just improved their features (probably a few months ago) and somehow a bit hard for me to figure it out.
Another cool software I like is Druple.
However, I think Druple is a bit complicated to install on the server. anyway, I like both of them!