Blogging Technology


Well, I'm changing blog systems to BLOG:CMS because Movable Type has gone commercial. I chose BLOG:CMS because it was based on Nucleus (which was open source (aka, non commercial) and has a nifty little importer feature where I can import all my blog entries from MovableType and thus.. not lose anything. BLOG:CMS was nice as well because it had a number of built in skins and templates and plugins, so without waiting for JMac to figure out how to port my beautiful old blog template over to a new one, I can at least have a somewhat functional skin right off the bat. There are also a number of nifty add-ins that BLOG:CMS has by default that would be difficult in MovableType.

In the expanded version of this post you will see the shameless plug by the authors of BLOG:CMS for the software as well as a feature list. Thank you 🙂

BLOG:CMS XE contains advanced skins, 45 pre-configured plugins, fully compatible with table prefix, advanced CSS files, and much more. It generates XHTML 1.0 STRICT valid code.

Plugins included in BLOG:CMS v3.0 XE:

  • NP_BlogWithOffset: display blog per page.

  • NP_Calendar: calendar with links to days you've posted.

  • NP_Chat: minichat / shoutbox plugin.

  • NP_CommentControl: comment control against trolls and spammers.

  • NP_CommentEditLink: edit all comments directly from your blog.

  • NP_CommentPreview: preview comments before being posted.

  • NP_CSS: CSS Style Switcher.

  • NP_EditControls: htmlArea: WYSIWYG editor for Nucleus CMS.

  • NP_FancierURL: URLs like /item/this-is-a-title instead of /?itemid=123.

  • NP_FancyText: phpBB like formatting, threaded discussion for comments, smilies.

  • NP_GZip: GZip your website to save bandtwith.

  • NP_LatestComments: shows last 5 comments made.

  • NP_LatestDisc: shows last 5 discussions in 5 different articles.

  • NP_LatestItems: shows last 5 articles posted.

  • NP_Log: simple log for your blog.

  • NP_MailToAFriend: email an article.

  • NP_MostKarma: shows posts with most karma points.

  • NP_MostPopular: shows most commented posts.

  • NP_MostViewed: shows most viewed posts.

  • NP_Newsfeed: blogroll, works for your own blog too!

  • NP_OffsetArticles: links to next/previous 10 articles, titles, latest commets.

  • NP_OffsetEntriesLink: jump to next/previous set of articles.

  • NP_PageLinkList: go to page 1,2,3, etc.

  • NP_PDF: export article to PDF.

  • NP_Poll: run polls with multiple questions.

  • NP_Print: print your article.

  • NP_Random: display a random quote.

  • NP_Referrer: track who is linking to your website.

  • NP_Related: show local and google search results, related to your article.

  • NP_RSSBlog: RSS feed of last 20 comments made.

  • NP_RSSItem: RSS feed of current item.

  • NP_SearchHighlight: highhlight search results for users that came from and like.

  • NP_Table: create tables, lists, header files online.

  • NP_TrackBack: trackback for your articles.

  • NP_Viewed: article views counter.

  • NP_Weather: shows weather forecast for next 3 days + current weather.

  • NP_WIE: who is online plugin.

  • NP_WordCount: count words in your article.

  • NP_XMLTools: RSS feed of complete articles, or only extracts.