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SimplyBlog Software .

SimplyBlog Software


by Vikas Kamat
Page First Online: February 19, 2003
Page Last Updated: January 03, 2018

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.

Distinguishing Characteristics

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 competitive reasons.

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 search.

  • 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.


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  • Microsoft Internet Information Server (running on any of the Windows platform) with support for Active Server Pages (ASP)

  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 or better 

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