August 24, 2006

The end is nigh…

Tomorrow I plan to print my PhD thesis, get it bound and submit it. By the end of the month, I will have moved out of Leamington to London. In other words, my time at Warwick is up, and so is the time of this blog. I'm not going to pay Warwick to keep my account, so at the end of September this blog and my old email address will die.

I will probably get a new blog though and any advice would be much appreciated. As I see it I have two options. I have a new webpage (currently under construction), which is capable of running various scripting languages (SSI, PHP4, CGI–BIN inc Perl and Python, FrontPage 2003 extensions, and MySQL) – is there any cheap or free blog software which I could run on this page? At the moment, I only have 50MB space, is this enough to run a blog? The other option is to use one of the various blogging companies out there like blogspot, blogger, etc. Any advice on which of these are best from a technical and political point of view? Ideally, I'd like one which has a history of supporting rather than suppressing free speech, which has a respectable privacy policy, and if possible doesn't claim eternal rights over everything you write using it.

Hopefully I will get this set up before I lose this account and I'll post a link to the new site.

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  1. Pretty much any blogging software will run on what you have available, though you may eventually run out of space. Wordpress is the popular choice and has a fairly nice default theme, but to customise it to any proper level you have to get into real coding. Textpattern is similar but has a much nicer user–interface and has native support for textile in entries and comments (what warwick blogs use), it's not as powerful but if you don't plan on any major customisation it's the way to go. Then there's Expression Engine, it oozes quality and makes it very easy to develop more complicated blogs but if you want to use it for commerical purposes it costs money (i'm assuming this includes putting any kind of ad on your site). Whilst I think it's far superior to any other blogging software i've tried, the default theme is a bit cruddy and it takes quite a bit of customising to get up and running.

    I haven't tried any of the hosted blogs, but i'd probably go with blogger. There are a few anonymous bloggers who've managed to remain anonymous even after having the content of their blog made into a book and most of them are on blogger. They'll probably let you away with anything but if anyone complains about you doing something illegal they might intervene.

    24 Aug 2006, 02:53

  2. I once used moveabletype which was free and v. good. There are others though, just have a look around.

    24 Aug 2006, 09:55

  3. Goodbye Dan – and good luck.

    I'll check your website to see where you've moved your blog to… That way I can track you down for the Warwick Cookout!

    24 Aug 2006, 13:10

  4. I used movabletype once and it looked reasonably nice but it's barely mentioned these days. Like Expression Engine it's free for personal use, but it's not as nice to use.

    At the end of the day, all the software is pretty much the same if you're not fussed about customising things. But the native support of textile in Textpattern makes it a favourite for simple blogs.

    24 Aug 2006, 13:38

  5. Thanks for the advice everyone. I’m just about to look into this in a bit more detail and will post an entry when I decide on a new blog.

    04 Sep 2006, 00:58

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