Blog Software is a term that is used to refer to the category of software used to create and maintain online blogs. A blog, technically called weblog, is a kind of an online diary that a user can maintain, where he can pen down (or key in) his thoughts, experiences and whatever he likes.
This information can be viewed by a visitor, who can leave his comments on the blog. Blog creation, since its evolution in the recent past, has grown to be one of the most sought out hobbies of today’s youth.
The main reason for this is, blogs are free and easy to create. Any user can spend five minutes on the Internet and create a blog for him. In this regard, Blog software, or Blog ware makes it easier for users to implement blogs. A blog software can be a server based model or a client based model. A server based model allows a user to create a blog.
Many server models can be downloaded installed in the users’ systems and are ready to be used. They may be open source software (software which can be downloaded free of cost, used without any constraints and distributed) or proprietary software (which impose restrictions upon the user, like charging a nominal fee for the usage, license to distribute, etc).
Some of the software available allows the user to modify only the blog created at the host end (i.e. by the user himself), whereas other software enables users to modify the blogs published at some other location using this hosted software.
A client end weblog software model is primarily used for maintaining the blog after its creation. This client software makes it possible for the user to open the site, view its contents and modify the contents based on a user friendly browser based interface.
It can be implemented in various ways, like using an applet on an Internet connection, or using an offline interface to update the website. To create a blog, the user must first know what a blog contains. A typical blog includes the following components. A blog begins with the title, which is usually the heading for the page. The body of the blog follows, containing the main part of the blog.
After the body comes the URL link for the blog, which the user may use to advertise his blog, posting it in forum boards, or his homepage. The date on which the blog was created, or last updated is present next. The blog concludes with a section called ‘Comments’ where visitors can leave their opinion about the blog.
The weblog software comes as a complete package which facilitates all the steps in blog creation and maintenance such as authoring, editing, linking and publishing the blog. They also allow the user to include web pages containing static content, which describe the blog or the user. The inclusion of such pages makes the blog appear more like a web site, rather than a blog.