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Multi user blog tools – overall ratings and reviews

These are the final ratings of a broader review of the multi-user blogging solutions Drupal, Elgg, Manila, Movable Type, WordPress MultiUser and pLog. These particular applications were selected for review due to the authors familiarity with them, their php / MySQL configuration and… time limitations. If you would like to suggest another particular product and offer a comparison between it and these here, please do so in the comments.

Ratings for Drupal as a multi user blogging tool

Drupal is an excellent content management system or focussed community management application that doesn’t really cut the mustard when it comes to providing multiple blogs. Technically perfect but is limited by a focus on the group rather than the individual. Worth a look as this might be what you’re after. Read the complete review.

Ratings for Elgg as a multi user blogging tool

Elgg is perhaps the most promising open source social networking application out there. Founded on a blogging principle and incorporating many more community and networking tools, it’s well worth a look and will be even more so by the time it hits 1.0. Read the complete review.

Ratings for Manila as a multi user blogging tool

Manila has been ahead of the crowd for a long long time now. Problem is that it hasn’t moved much itself in that time and while the concept is brilliant, the execution is less so. Everyone should experience it, am not sure how much you’ll gain through using it though. Read the complete review.

Ratings for Movable Type as a multi user blogging tool

Movable Type has a well deserved reputation as one of the best blogging tools available. Add to this corporate support and you’ll probably be happy you went down this route. However, with less momentum than it’s competitors, significant costs in starting up and a famously tricky technical composition it might pay off to take the small risk on an open source solution. Read the complete review.

Ratings for WordPress Multi User as a multi user blogging tool

WordPress Multi User (WPMU) is beginning to establish itself as the standard in multi user blogging. While many projects might prefer a more stable or community based solution for pure blogging with strong open source credentials and an exciting future ahead this may be the answer you’re looking for. Read the complete Review.

Ratings for pLog as a multi user blogging tool

LifeType (formally pLog) is a clear, simple and effective open source multi user blogging tool. With an established community and stable build this should be in consideration whatever application of blogs you are considering. Read the complete review.

  • Posted on: August 25th, 2008
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  1. BenNo Gravatar said on October 25th, 2005 at 2:06 am

    Great roundup – of course, being completely biased, I’m honour-bound to let you know that the Elgg UI has been completely revamped since your review and has come on in leaps and bounds. And we’ve got an RSS aggregator!

  2. RoelNo Gravatar said on October 25th, 2005 at 4:10 am

    Hi,

    That’s a very comprehensive overview of multi-user blog tools. Since I’m somewhat involved with another open source blogtool, I just can’t ignore this opportunity to point out to you that there’s also Nucleus CMS. ;)
    http://nucleuscms.org

    It has been around since late 2001, and allthough it has a smaller install base then a WP or MT and thus less community support, it keeps getting enhancements. It has always supported multiple blogs. next to that, it has a powerful plugin API, which a lot of people make good use of:
    http://wiki.nucleuscms.org/plugin

    To be honest, Nucleus could be a bit user friendlier. Simply posting an article is easy enough, but the skins system has a steep learning curve. Lately, quite some effort has gone into improving the documentation and creation of a central FAQ and skins download site, which seems to be a good development. All-in-all, I like it a lot! ;)

  3. Steve ShuNo Gravatar said on October 25th, 2005 at 4:27 am

    Per your solicitation for additional products, please feel free to check out the platform from 21Publish, which is targeted at group blogs and blog communities, such as that deployed by BusinessWeek Online … http://www.mbablogs.businessweek.com

  4. Steve ShuNo Gravatar said on October 25th, 2005 at 4:27 am

    Per your solicitation for additional products, please feel free to check out the platform from 21Publish (http://www.21publish.com), which is targeted at group blogs and blog communities, such as that deployed by BusinessWeek Online … http://www.mbablogs.businessweek.com

  5. AndrewNo Gravatar said on October 25th, 2005 at 4:33 am

    One reason for the exclusion of 21Publish may be that it’s a hosting site, rather than a software tool. I don’t think that the software is available without the hosting service. Steve, please correct me if I’m wrong on this. Whether I’m right or wrong on that, I like what I’ve seen of 21P so far.

  6. Steve ShuNo Gravatar said on October 25th, 2005 at 4:42 am

    Andrew. Sorry for my quick read on this post. You are correct on 21Publish generally speaking. For operational reasons, 21Publish only licenses the software (non-hosted) in special circumstances (e.g., large company deployments). 21Publish, for all practical purposes, does only hosted deployments.

  7. AaronNo Gravatar said on October 27th, 2005 at 8:06 am

    Hey James…What a helpful review! So many people, myself included, are wondering what tools are the best to use, so this is most informative, timely, and useful. Thanks. :-)

  8. CaptSoloNo Gravatar said on October 28th, 2005 at 2:07 am

    When looking at PHP/MySQL based multi-blog multi-user blog engines, there is b2evolution.

    It comes from same roots as WP does, had a multi-blog capability quite a while ago and a major new version is due to appear soon. I can not compare it to WP MU as I have not had experience with multiuser WP yet – I am sure both are great projects.

    In terms of generic comparision with WordPress, my conclusion is that WordPress is simpler and b2evolution offers more interesting features. Not planning to raise blog engine wars though. :)

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