I haven’t had any updates in awhile because I have been looking at different blogging software. simpleblog, while easy to implement and customize, lacks features common to other solutions that I would like. So several months ago I began trying different programs in a test site, but none of them ultimately worked for me. Among the ones I tried:
- – This offered some features I have been looking for, but the default locale is Italian. There is a translation for English which changes titles and headers, but things like the calendar remain in Italian. There isn’t a lot of documentation in English, so I was left to doing a lot of manual code search-and-replace.
- DotNetNuke – This is one of the primo open-source CMS solutions available. It is an immensely powerful application that uses modules to offer the features you want: blog, document library, file library, ecommerce, forums, feeback, etc. The application is geared for more commercial or multi-user sites, not a one-off blog, so the portal is a bit too much for what I am looking for.
- – A solution ready to go pretty much right out of the box. But it lacks some of the features that even simpleblog offers.
- WordPress – Probably the most popular blog software out there. But it uses PHP and mySQL, whereas I prefer ASP and Access since I know how to write in VBScript. I installed PHP and mySQL and tried to get WordPress working, but ultimately could not.
I have been using2.3 for awhile, and 2.2 before that. Version 3 is available and after looking at it before all the others, I decided to look at it again. It has the advantage that I am already familiar with the code that Johann has used for 2.x. While it still lacks the features I have been looking for, I grew tired of trying all the other solutions. So I have upgraded sidefumbling to simpleblog 3.0.
- Very simple installation using ASP with VBScript and an MSAccess database.
- Built-in RSS feed.
- Version 3 adds a sidebar for recent posts.
- Version 3 uses FCKeditor for creating posts, which is a customizable WYSIWYG editor.
- Easy to integrate it into your site by editing ASP files and including your own scripts.
- Use of CSS for easy manipulation of global settings for font, layout, etc.
- No use of categories or the ability to group/search for posts based on keywords.
- No search engine.
- No notification of pending comments.
- No use of CAPTCHA for comment spam-prevention.
- Difficult to use code blocks for using literal code in posts, though I have figured out in FCKeditor how to do this.
- Admin interface is limited to accessing previous posts by using calendar to access posts written on specific date, i.e., you cannot just browse a list of your posts for the one you one; you have to use the calendar to find the day you want and then bring up any posts for that single day only.
- Cross-browser support is limited, mostly by layout issues.
- No built-in way for posting from a mobile device, which is nice when traveling or making posts while at a conference, etc.
- Not regularly updated.
Despite the cons, I offer my thanks to Johann for creating a free solution that has obviously worked for me.