Posts tagged "blogging"

Editorial: What makes WordPress the blogging platform to beat?

Let's face it, there are plenty of blog platforms out there to choose from when you get that sudden urge to share your thoughts and feelings (or just opinions like us) with the rest of the world. There's WordPress, Typepad, Movable Type, LifeType, OpenBlog, Blogger and many more.. but what makes WordPress such a Goliath to these other Davids?

Let's start with the basics..

It's got ease of use.

I know, I know, this is the part where everyone jumps in to tell me that all of the other platforms I've mentioned above are easy too.. and that may be the case.. but they aren't famous for it. WordPress has ALWAYS been easy.. it's a fast install, it's got a small file size and most of the time it just works.

Let me put it this way, WordPress is the car you can typically rely on to start no matter the weather.. and should you stray and try another car because it seems like it may have better features and you decide to come back, it'll start right up again without a seconds delay. Trust me, I know.. I've tried a lot of them.

Ok, so it's easy you say.. what else does it have going for it? How about this one.

It's got community.

WordPress has easily one of the most diverse and largest communities in the CMS world let alone the blogging world. Still not sure? Check out WordCamp Central. We aren't just talking major cities of the world either, there are WordCamp's in places I've never even heard of until I heard there was a WordCamp happening there. Take WordCamp Fukuoka for example (I know, I'm not well travelled).

WordCamp's aren't the only example of community, however. There are tons of forums and bloggers all over the net that make helping others with WordPress or spreading the word their goals. Can you say, Free Advertising?

Nothing beats word of mouth right?

It's got Matt.

I've been bit by this one before but I still stand by my belief that projects, just like companies, need a leader. They need someone that can act as the focal point to give them substance. People want to be able to put a face to the products they use and Matt does just that. He makes himself known, he shows up at WordCamp's.. he lives and breathes his product. And he's damn good at it too.

I really would love examples of where this has been done better because I really don't think it has. WordPress and Matt are synonymous with one another and it makes for good reading.. and the press eat it up.

It's got stuff.

Stuff. It's a broad word isn't it?

Let's face it.. WordPress is currently riding high with the most plugins and themes of (dare i say it?) any other CMS project out there.

Take a look at their plugin registry for an example: 9,674 plugins.

And themes? Don't even ask.. there are way too many to count.

So how do other projects get a chance to enjoy similar successes that WordPress has achieved?  That's a question that remains to be answered?

Do you agree or disagree? Comment below..

Posterous Gains Funding, Makes Blogging Free & Easy

Among the 7 Ways to Blog Using Your Mobile Phone, which we wrote back in 2009, a few of them included emailing your posts directly to your blog. But what if everything you wrote, posted and created came only from your email? Well, then you’d have Posterous.

 

Post Things Fast and Free

Founded in 2008, Posterous lets you post things online fast using email. By emailing post@posterous.com with your text, photos, videos and links, you’ll receive an instant reply with your new Posterous blog.

There’s no sign up required (but it is available to users who plan to send more than just once from multiple email accounts), and you can even make your posts private so you can share them exclusively. However, because email is free and so is Posterous’ services, keeping afloat can be tricky. It’s not like you’re emailing them money, after all.

Funding & Future Plans

Yet, Posterous has been able to raise US$ 4.4 million in its first round of funding. Investors included Redpoint Ventures, Trinity Ventures and angels including SV Angel, Founder Collective, Lowercase Capital, Brian Pokorny, Aydin Senkut and XG Ventures.

Currently the San Francisco-based Posterous offers their free web publishing platform to 12 million unique monthly visitors and boasts 25 million page views, which put the unique blogging platform poised at a tipping point.

And there are plans to monetize a professional version of the platform later this year.

Autoposting, Widgets & Analytics

Posterous also lets users autopost to all the other social media services you already use, like Twitter and Facebook. As well, there are buttons and widgets, care of Widgetbox, to share your blog, and analytics to add via Google and Feedburner. Users can even create custom domains.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.2

Deluxe Blog Factory is an user friendly, webmaster friendly blogging extension for Joomla 1.5, with a native and fresh MVC codebase. Full of features, it is a well thought alternative to Wordpress blogging, allowing you to use Joomla versatility and well known blogging conventions - like RSS Syndication, Bookmarking Sites (like Digg, Twitter, Facebook, etc). Featuring a Web 2.0 Dashboard with draggable panes and all-in-reach controls, your blogging experience is truly comfortable and in a luxuriant environment.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.2 released on February 19, 2009. 

  • New feature: Search plugin.
  • Fixed several issues regarding PHP4 compatibility issues, strip all javascript when saving post, detect and show error if jQuery UI library is not loaded, modules links Itemids.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.1 released on December 7, 2009.

  • Added menu link for 'Followed Blogs' for users with no blog.
  • Fixed issues regarding new post notification for followers, links from feed, post new comment form, with rss feeds when joomla SEF was active and "Add suffix to URLs" was set to Yes, generating feeds, IE8 blog page display, post view, smarty template not displaying captcha, restore backup (strings in array), sending emails to admin on new comment and no admin selected, display comments, strip javascript when saving post, etc.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.0 released on November 30, 2009.

  • New feature: Backup and Restore.
  • Fixed issue regarding backend save post.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.2 released on November 25, 2009.

  • SH404SEF extension.
  • Fixed issues regarding template and php short open tags.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.1 released on November 20, 2009.

  • Fixed several issues including router.php, routes in Smarty templates.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.0 released on November 9, 2009.

 

Joomla Blog Extension - Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.2
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Deluxe Blog Factory is an user friendly, webmaster friendly blogging extension for Joomla 1.5, with a native and fresh MVC codebase. Full of features, it is a well thought alternative to Wordpress blogging, allowing you to use Joomla versatility and well known blogging conventions - like RSS Syndication, Bookmarking Sites (like Digg, Twitter, Facebook, etc). Featuring a Web 2.0 Dashboard with draggable panes and all-in-reach controls, your blogging experience is truly comfortable and in a luxuriant environment.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.2 released on February 19, 2009. 

  • New feature: Search plugin.
  • Fixed several issues regarding PHP4 compatibility issues, strip all javascript when saving post, detect and show error if jQuery UI library is not loaded, modules links Itemids.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.1 released on December 7, 2009.

  • Added menu link for 'Followed Blogs' for users with no blog.
  • Fixed issues regarding new post notification for followers, links from feed, post new comment form, with rss feeds when joomla SEF was active and "Add suffix to URLs" was set to Yes, generating feeds, IE8 blog page display, post view, smarty template not displaying captcha, restore backup (strings in array), sending emails to admin on new comment and no admin selected, display comments, strip javascript when saving post, etc.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.1.0 released on November 30, 2009.

  • New feature: Backup and Restore.
  • Fixed issue regarding backend save post.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.2 released on November 25, 2009.

  • SH404SEF extension.
  • Fixed issues regarding template and php short open tags.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.1 released on November 20, 2009.

  • Fixed several issues including router.php, routes in Smarty templates.

Deluxe Blog Factory 1.0.0 released on November 9, 2009.