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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.