Blogging tool or custom-made?

Posted May 13, 2004 in Blogging.

I'd be interested to know whether readers use one of the popular blogging tools, such as WordPress or Movable Type, or if they have created their own blogging tool, like I have. I am surprised that so many clever web developers and designers use off-the-shelf tools, to be honest. Perhaps for some, making their own CMS is too much of a bother, or perhaps they simply don't have to time.

My own system is by no means perfect. There are many things I simply haven't learned how to do, and I had to learn PHP as I went along, so it is very rough around the edges.


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    I use Movable Type for my blog. It took me 4 times to install it and get it working and I'm still learning about customizing it but I'm pleased with it so far.

    Personally, I'm a graphics, front end designer, so I would have absolutely no clue where to even begin on a custom CMS. I would like to, but a lot of the more hard core coding and scripting confuses me.

    How long did it take you to write this CMS?

    Posted by Todd on May 13, 2004.

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    I found that the basic functionality of the CMS was easy. It is basically just forms and database queries. What has made it difficult has been issues with iffy characters and hyperlinks in comments, writing and re-writing feeds, and serving as XML.

    I'm a bit graphically-challenged. I think I did okay with the look of this site, but that has been my design nadir thus far.

    I'd like to hear more from MT, WordPress, and Blogger users. Why do people who are good developers still use such tools?

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 13, 2004.

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    I'm using WordPress for the admin part of my site, including user comments. I use my own htaccess rewrite rules and template system to build the output. I rewrite URI's to the right WordPress "model", then load WordPress and grab the data using it's functions. Works quite well.

    Posted by Mark Wubben on May 13, 2004.

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    I have heard nothing but good things about WordPress. Matt and Mike deserve a lot of praise.

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 13, 2004.

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    I use Absolut Engine content management system in PHP/MySQL:
    it has a WYSIWYG editor, produces valid XHTML Strict and has clean URL support, image and file management, 3-layer access... etc. SEO module

    Posted by dusoft on May 13, 2004.

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    I used to be on MT --so slow!--, now I am on WP. I have to say I did move before "Mena's Corner" announcement about MT3 but if I didn't, the new strategic plan of Six Apart would have trigger the move anyways. WP rocks! :-)

    Posted by David Collantes on May 14, 2004.

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    I am glad to see that things are working well for you with WordPress. Didn't fancy rolling your own then?

    Posted by Simon Jessey on May 17, 2004.

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    Hehehehe, I ain't Simon! :-)

    Posted by David Collantes on May 18, 2004.