by Vikas Kamat
Page First Online: February 19, 2003
Page Last Updated: January 01, 2015
Introduction and Background
Ever since I wrote the article Anatomy
of a Blogging Engine, we've received many requests for downloading of the
software. However, since I wrote the engine to suit my personal needs, and
due to its tight integration with our CMS, it was not possible to license it
to the public. Then in year 2002, a company thought that they could use blogs on
their intranet for knowledge percolation and status management, and used our
engine with slight modifications. Apparently it was very popular within the
organization, and opened my eyes to a larger need for blogging software tools
designed for use in corporate intranets, and SimplyBlog was born.
There are several weblog creating software and tools available
today (a list is provided at the bottom), and here is how SimplyBlog is
different from others.
Most importantly, the SimplyBlog server stores data on your
server (not on your desktop, not on our server, but your server).
I feel that this is an important requirement for security, privacy, and other
Equally important is that SimplyBlog server runs on Microsoft
powered technologies. There is no need to install Unix, or the myriad of
software libraries necessary to run Open Sourced blogging software
available today (Feb 2003).
SimplyBlog is a server side product. If your administrator
or ISP installs it for you, there is no software or license to buy. Ideal
for ISPs or departments to offer blogs to their users without
incurring per user costs.
Full source code (that is developed by us) is available
following the best practices. No compiled code is installed during
installation. -- This allows for tinkering, easier customization, and more
importantly, for integration with existing infrastructure.
Robust content management is built in. Examples include
shortcuts, replacements, and custom substitutions via VBScript.
Features include a web based clipboard, embedding of SQL,
templates, and reports.
Did I mention you get full source code? I am a believer in
free-software ("free as in free-speech, not as in
free-beer"). Learn tips, tricks, and hacks from an experienced
Windows/Web programmer by looking at the source code.
Integrated title search, full-text search, and phrase
Integrated commenting (only in the commercial version)
Find more answers in the SimplyBlog FAQ
Discover the power of keywords (called CrowWords) for
content classification, organization, and navigation.
Download or Test Drive SimplyBlog