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February 01, 2005

Comparing University blogging systems

Writing about web page

Ahhhh, it's nice when people notice :)

Jeremy Smith from Case Western Reserve University runs down a little review of different University blogging systems.

I'll quote him just in case you can't be bothered to read it.

Warwick Blogs

Well, we've hit the cream of the crop, it seems. Not only does this system use existing University credentials, but it is integrated with their Single Sign On system (something we, at Case, don't have). They have a blog directory and a "planet" site. And, if you noticed in the directory, they have blogs listed in there for courses and faculty divisions and services.

They have tons of documentation in FAQs, About pages, Tours, and a Glossary.

I wasn't able to play with it, but it seems they developed a piece of software called SiteBuilder (screenshot) that does all of the heavy lifting and handles the editing of a blog's templates and styles.

All and all, this is great stuff.

5 out of 5, no doubt.

He doesn't get it exactly right about how it works, but he is close enough.

Turns out that CASE themselves also now have a blogging system, that's another one for the list.

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