Blogging software

Tony Baechler tony at
Sun Feb 3 09:02:48 UTC 2008

Hi, am I asking for too much?  Your reply indicates that I am.  I'm new 
to creating a blog although I've been reading feeds since 2004-ish.  
I've looked at many CMSs before and I don't think that's what I want.  
I'm looking for something designed for blogging.  I'll still look at the 
CMS package you suggest though.  I'm also looking for an accessible CMS, 
but not for a blog.  The CMS would be a separate site.  If it has a good 
blog module that does mostly what I'm looking for and supports multiple 
sites, that would certainly be a good option.  Sorry if I'm asking for 
too much, like I said, I'm new to blog creation.  I never had an 
interest until now and I want something that requires no fuss to set up 
and use.  I don't really need advanced features, that would be a bonus.  
Podcast support would be nice but not necessary for now.

Rob Harris wrote:
> Wow, now this is a request and a half and didn't get to the end.  The blog
> engines you mentioned can usually be found under Fantastico of a hosting
> provider.  P-Machine is what is called  CMS or Content Management System and
> I think there's a free one you can down load called CMSMS though can't now
> remember what the second  MS is for.  An old and now unsupported version of
> P-machine works extremely well and does everything you said - it was the
> prototype before the company went commercial and try to disuade or distract
> people from using this version and try and stop hosting providers offering
> it.  It is a PHP application and does more or less everything you said and
> it is as easy as you require.  I don't post to mine a lot though you can
> take a quick look here - - which shows some of the
> basic features listed.  The online file manager is one of the more useful so
> I can modify files on the fly if I make a hiccup on one.  This is to say, I
> can navigate my file tree (once logged in as admin!), select a file and it
> will be loaded into a page in a text area where you can edit it,  then go to
> the bottom and click save and whallah,   you've just fixed a bug!
> I find PHP a useful language to learn and write some of this kind of thing
> myself.  Someo f those efforts are here - which is
> random selection from a large content collection and i'm now adding tools
> like online calculator and dns lookup/reverse lookup amongst other things.
> Mailing right off a page is quite straight forward in fact, without having
> the risky mailto: link on the page.  This is all hidden in the PHP script
> and this code can be locked and made invisible.  The client browser only
> sees what the script sends to it.
> But that's an aside,  I've given you suggestions to search for and the CMSMS
> might be the most readily available to find and download.  They're at
> something like or something like that.
> Hth,  RobH.
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Tony Baechler" <tony at>
> To: "Linux for blind general discussion" <blinux-list at>
> Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 4:45 PM
> Subject: Blogging software
> 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?
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> Tony Baechler
> Baechler Productions
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