Web Logs (Blogs) and Content Management Systems are pretty different in purpose, however the background engine that runs them are primarily the same. Blogs are the end result of using a CMS in most cases, while the CMS is a medium for entering and then organizing the data. A CMS can be as simple as a single text box which records information to later be displayed on a web page, or it can be as advanced as a GUI display similar to Microsoft Word – allowing for advanced text formatting.
Both Blogs and CMS are primarily internet/intranet related technologies. Blogs are great communication tools, which allow an open flow of communication on any particular topic. Not too different from a forum, the blog will present a topic and begin discussion by the author of the blog post. Users are able to comment on the post, or even go so far as to comment on other viewer’s comments. Blogs and CMS are used for both public external communication from corporate representatives to the public, as well as internal posts which may deal with more business centric topics.
When determining which kind of blogging software is right for you, think about the kinds of information you will be sharing, how often you will be making posts and checking for comments, and how many viewers do you anticipate? There are many free blogging solutions made available today, with free blog hosting and access to the CMS for creating posts. There are also options for paid inclusion blogs and downloadable software that you can then install on your own hosting solution.
A real marketing boom is hitting the internet with blogs and a wide scope of topics that permit the blogger to review or comment on any category under the sun – with the introduction of contextual advertising, web site owners are able to create a revenue stream from any passion they care to write about.
Most blogging solutions also provide RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for news readers and web browsers that support the RSS protocol. The implementation of RSS makes it a snap for avid readers of a particular blog to subscribe to that blog and be alerted when there is an update, new post, or if they just want quick access to a recent blog by the author.
The CMS portion of Blogging makes it a breeze to archive blog posts previously written. Advanced blogging tools such as WordPress also permit searching through posts and creating or downloading alternate themes or templates. Whether you are a reader or a writer, blogging is the marketing solution for you, check it out!
Featured Blogging and CMS Providers:
Blogging Service Review: Google's Blogger
Creating an account, naming your personal blog and choosing a template, you too can join other people now blogging in Internet. Beginners will love Blogger's ease of use and the fact that it's free. Blogger was started by a small company in San Francisco called Pyra Labs in August of 1999.
WordPress - The Best Blogging Platform
Wordpress is possibly the best blogging platform available today. Wordpress accepts posts online, as you look forward to, and also through an email interface that allows you to send messages to a top secret e-mail account that your Wordpress setting up will check.
B2evolution is Another Advanced Web Log Tool
B2evolution is the advanced web log tool that features an integrated XHTML validator. It supports recursive subcategories, cross posting and has a really cool integrated skinning system.
Nucleus Blogging Software
Nucleus is a great blog platform…Part of the Web professional's job is to keep side by side of present trends in technology. Even if you never choose to run a Weblog yourself…