Weblogs as Content Management Systems.
Blogging tools have several characteristics that make them a CMS. And they are very important, because arguably as much content is being managed in weblogs as in all the content in more standard CM systems.
- Blogging tools separate content from presentation (layout). This is a major time saver when the blog needs to be redesigned. Change the template, and hundreds of pages change together.
- They often separate the development staging server from the delivery server.
- They use templates and feed content objects into the templates. However, they do not have a WYSIWYG template editor.
- They use RSS aggregation of feeds and syndication of stories. See Trackback and Pingback.
- They have WYSIWYG editors.
- They can have multiple authors (team blogs), but rarely have any workflow.
- There has been some effort toward a BlogML to facilitate semantic markup with XML, but that has largely failed.
- There is a Blogger API that allows independent client tools to post to various blogs.
- As with CMS, you can buy blogging software and run it on your own web server (notably Manila from Userland and Movable Type), or build with open-source blogging tools (Blosxom, Greymatter, LiveJournal), but most are provided as ASP hosting services. The great majority of individuals blogging are doing it on "free" hosts like Blogger's Blogspot.com.
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