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    Wordpress vs Blosxom

    In the world of blogging you will come across several blogging scripts, some will be extremely complicated and heavy others will be OK and others will take simplicity to the extreme and perhaps simpler concepts can make things not too intuitive. Today’s review compares two blogging platforms, these are Wordpress and Blosxom (pronounced blossom)

    Lets start by saying that both solutions are absolutely free for the taking and open source as well, both platforms can be customized according to the blogger’s preferences. The key differences you will see among both scripts are:

    Front-end Appearance:

    When it comes to Wordpress blogs, users are accustomed to see graphics intensive front-ends which do the job of attracting people and keeping visitors, the Wordpress community has developed a wide array of themes which enhances the look of blogs, some are single column all the way to 3 and even four columns, the CSS is properly adjusted to fit each theme. With blosxom you get a simple looking site, perhaps too simple; there is no visible style differences between the titles (H1 or H2 tags), the content, sidebar text or any other text placed around the entire blog, so if you want to customize Blosxom to your needs you will need to know CSS and a little bit of HTML The core components of the Blosxom platform are very simple but it sacrifices intuitive interfaces or GUI.

    Creating and Posting Content:

    Blosxom key features includes simplicity, usability and interoperability which is why they don’t try to change the way people write their content. You can use Wordpad, Microsoft Word, Free solutions or any other type of text editor, save the file with the .txt extension and then uploaded to data directory/folder, for some people this might seem like a very simple and nice step, after all how simple is it to write something in your favorite text editor and then uploaded to the site’s content folder with your FTP program? Easy right? Well, many people may not agree after trying out all other blogging solutions out there. With Wordpress users can login to their admin area and get to the “write” section with just a few mouse clicks following the intuitive and user friendly menu, then the content can be typed in the text editor which comes with Wordpress, this is an advanced WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get) text editor which can change back to HTML mode for advanced users who want to customized the way the text is formatted; once the content has been written the writer can choose the category he wants to place the post under and the time/date the post should be published. If the content is not yet ready to be published it can be saved as a draft to be edited later on. Wordpress beats Blosxom in this aspect.

    Plugins:

    Blosxom has several plugins which allow bloggers to expand the minimum core functions however compared to the enormous plugin library developed by Wordpress and it’s community, Blosxom falls short again. Every single function Blosxom plugins offer can be found in Wordpress plugins.

    At the end of the day the user has to choose between simplicity or user friendly but powerful platforms, but remember that simplicity doesn’t always mean that things will be easy to operate and customize.

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