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I need to select software for a corporate blog. Hosted solutions are not an option. This is Windows/IIS and the servers have PHP. I can install Perl, but if I can avoid it I would. Cheap/free is good, but functionality is the deciding factor. I'd kind of settled on WordPress - PHP/MySQL, good reputation, free, etc. MovableType requires Perl, is commercial (pay), and I just didn't like it as much. But before diving in I decided to look around and I found b2evolutiion. It looks rather nice. PHP/MySQL, multi-blog support, lots of options for input, feeds, etc. Everything looks pretty good to me - I'd just never heard of this before.

Anyone have any input on b2evolution? Anything I should be sure to look at - I think I've covered b2evolution, bBlog, BLOG:CMS, Expression Engine, MovableType, Nucleus, Pivot, Serendipity, TextPattern, and WordPress. And probably others I can't remember.

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kyrene From: kyrene Date: June 9th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I have Wordpress. If you want to install it say on a page on a website, does the website page have to be in PHP or can it be in HTML?
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 9th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
My understanding is that you don't install WordPress on an existing 'page' - all the pages it has are generated by WP in PHP. You can put it in an existing site, but basically WP lives in its own directory.
kyrene From: kyrene Date: June 9th, 2006 03:38 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I know that. What I'm trying to ask if you can, say, put a feed of it up on the main page of a website.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: June 9th, 2006 03:57 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
The only way I think you could embed a feed on a static HTML page would be with JavaScript, or an iframe.
jarodrussell From: jarodrussell Date: June 9th, 2006 02:46 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I setup b2evolution on both a Xitami/PHP and an Apache/PHP (Yahoo hosted) system. It installs very easily, but it seems to really, really like MySQL -- I want to say that's it's own database package, but don't quote me. It hiccupped on my Xitami server, but worked pefectly ay Yahoo.

WordPress seems to be popular among the alphageeks (Dave Winer, Robert Scoble...) these days, for whatever that's worth.
elfs From: elfs Date: June 9th, 2006 04:03 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
It requires a slightly skewed view of using it, but we've actually used WikiMedia where I work and I like it. It's very robust (it had better be!) and with a templatized editing engine it does more or less what you want.
donnerjack From: donnerjack Date: June 9th, 2006 04:21 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Slarti looked at b2evo a while ago, it didn't suit our needs at work, as I remember, but it seemed nice. At the moment, we're investigating a WordPress derivative called Lyceum that has native vhosting support, that being our primary use case. I've used WordPress quite a bit in the past and liked it a lot, and it has a very active module community, which has come in very handy indeed.
qarylla From: qarylla Date: June 9th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I use Moveable Type, and I don't have to pay. I have loaded the program (and it is fiddly for someone who isn't that good with php, like me, but should be fine for someone else) onto my own server space. It appears to be pay if you have multiple authors, but if you plan to have only one login for creating content then it is free.