Which multi user blogging platform to use

Blake Snow, our resident blog expert, has analyzed the pros and cons of several different multi-user blog options. We are launching a blog network for each of our Provo Labs portfolio companies. We aren’t necessarily trying to run a profitable stand-along blog network (although that has worked and will work for others) but we are trying to bake blogging into the DNA of all our companies.

Anyway, here is Blake’s assessment along with a link to his personal blog, Smoothharold.com.

Here’s the pros and cons of all feasible blog publishing platforms (that allow multiple blogs):

MovableType
Pros:

* 50 authors
* unlimited blogs
* publishes static html pages (better seo, portability on any server)
* Money-back guarantee for 30 days.
* Official technical support through Six Apart’s Help Ticket System
* Discounts on future upgrades
* one interface for all blog publishing
* included spell checker

Cons:

* Cost: $1300
* cumbersome install

WordPressMU
Pros:

* Built on the excellent wordpress platform
* supports multiple blogs
* unlimited users
* hosted code for tweaks and hacks
* free!
* included spell checker (plugin)

Cons:

* in alpha
* all sites need to be hosted on single server
* tech team has to hack a site stored on separate domain
* does not support one interface publishing

LifeType (Formally Plog)
Pros:

* supports multiple blogs (subdomains only)
* unlimited users
* hosted code for tweaks and hacks
* free!
* one interface for all blog publishing
* included spell checker (plugin)

cons:

* doesn’t support multiple domains (only subdomain blogs)
* all sites need to be hosted on single server
* needs additional install plugins for full functionality

Blogger
Pros:

* unlimited authors
* unlimited blogs
* publishes static html pages (better seo, portability on any server)
* Free
* most user friendly
* auto image optimization (don’t have photoshop images)
* included spell checker
* fastest publishing times (in my experience)

Cons:

* doesn’t support categories (yet)
* 3rd party publishing interface not hosted on our servers
* finicky comment system (need to use hacks for full transparency from blogger)

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4 Comments

  1. Paul:

    Just a personal observation. I write for the Know More Media network of business blogs
    and our platform is the MovableType product. It seems to be stable, easy to learn, has
    a lot of nice features, and looks very professional. It’s also great for the viewer and
    easy to submit comments. I’ve tried Blogger and WordPress and this is my personal choice
    until something better comes along. Good luck in your search!

    Steve Browne, Pleasant Grove, Utah
    http://www.LoneWolfTracks.com

  2. Michael Sanders

    Nice list. Blogger does have the ability to publish on your own server via FTP or SFTP.

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