There was a great discussion recently about more advanced blogging tools on the always useful ProgressExchange discussion list. A number of people shared their thoughts about blogging packages that can support a multi-blogger model, where users write their own blogs and administrators can chose individual entries to promote on a home page or section pages. This is the model used by DailyKos
, for instance.
A number of people shared their thoughts on Scoop
, which was the first package to support this model, and the one used by DailyKos. People didn’t have warm and fuzzy feelings about it– Jason Lefkowitz suggested, for instance, that you could recreate the Scoop experience by “taking a fork, covering it with salt and then sticking it in your eye.” It sounds like a very large, complex, hard to administer system, which will be substantial overkill for most needs.
Several people suggested SoapBlox
instead, as a more straightforward way to mimic Daily Kos’s feature set. As Adam Mordecai of Advomatic
said, “SoapBlox is extremely cheap, and it has all the recommended diary features on setup. They are moving to an open source model and the guy in charge does great work. The downside of Soapblox is you can't customize the design a great deal, and you can't add all the fun features you might with more customizable applications like Drupal.”
Speaking of Drupal
, that was also recommended for this need by a number of people. It sounds like it would take more setup and configuration than something like SoapBlox, but would likely be a more flexible solution in the long run.
The relatively new Movable Type Community Solution
was suggested as well, which appears to be geared to these community needs. And WordPress
was mentioned, but it’s unclear whether it would support this more complex multi-blogger community model without custom code.
Jennifer Berk offers more detail on her own blog post on this topic
Thanks to the ProgressiveExchange community for another great discussion!