Blogging software

Tony Baechler tony at
Sat Feb 2 16:45:22 UTC 2008

Hi all,

Am I better served with a commercial blog site like,, etc or can I do what I want on my own Linux server?

I'm running Debian Etch with Apache 1.3 and php4.  It will eventually 
be upgraded to Apache 2.2 and php5.  If I go with a blogging site, I 
don't want intrusive ads.  If I go with something on the server, I 
want something fairly easy to set up and fairly basic but could be 
expanded later.  I don't plan to produce a podcast right now but 
might eventually.  What would be nice but not required would be a way 
that I can email blog entries to a special address and be able to 
login with ssh and just type out a blog entry quickly.  I don't want 
a complicated web interface.  The idea is to write my blog entry 
while I'm thinking about it, otherwise I forget.  I don't need 
comments, trackbacks, etc because I would turn them off anyway and I 
have too much spam already.  I want standards-compliant rss feeds 
that can be parsed by any reader.  I don't care what language it's 
written in but I have the stock Debian Apache package so I don't 
think I have perl as a module.  Probably php is best.  If it allows 
email blog entries, there would need to be a way to approve them as 
being from me, again because of spam.  The idea would be that if I 
must use a web interface, I want to quickly log in and be at an entry 
screen.  I would be using Firefox under Windows and possibly 
Lynx.  It would be nice to have something like a text editor for 
blogs so I can just do something like "blog this," type something, 
save and it rebuilds the rss feed etc.  I have minimal html skills 
and I don't want to learn a markup language just to write 
something.  It should be self-maintaining so I don't have to rebuild 
the database, web site, etc.  A search engine would be nice but not 
necessary.  I would like an "about the blog" section at the top of 
all entry pages.

What do you suggest?  I've looked at the wordpress package but it 
looks like it has security issues.  Should I look at a commercial 
blog site or try a particular package on my own?
Tony Baechler
Baechler Productions

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