I’m trying to decide what blogging platform to use for a small- to medium-sized project. This won’t be students blogging, but staff members who I will be encouraging to blog about what’s going on in the school district. (I was quite inspired by the blogging panel at NSBA that featured a superintendent and a couple school board members blogging. We recorded a conversation afterwards that became Ed Tech Coast to Coast #8.)
I use and love WordPress, but it just doesn’t cut it when you’ve got more than a handful of users blogging. You have to maintain a separate instance of WordPress for each blog and it just doesn’t scale. Other contenders include: MovableType, Drupal, ELGG, and Blojsom (built into OS X server). As expected, each has its strengths and weaknesses.
- Scalable, robust, LDAP support appears to be an add-on, not free
- Scalable, robust, LDAP support, does way more than blogging which may be overly complicated for the task at hand, free
- Not a lot of experience with this, definitely has LDAP support, tied in with a larger learning environment which isn’t exactly what I’m looking for, free
- Needs an OS X server unless you’re running it on its own, ties into Open Directory, scalable, user-friendly, limited features in the OS X bundled version.
It seems at this point that MovableType and Drupal have the edge. It’s coming down to ease-of-use and LDAP authentication support. Unfortunately, those considerations point in different directions at this point. I’d gladly entertain reader suggestions.
movabletype, drupal, elgg, blojsom