Best Applications to Create a Team Blog

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There are many blogging applications available to create your blog, but they're not all equal when it comes to creating a team blog. That's because some blogging applications and content management systems (CMS) offer built-in tools and features that make it incredibly easy to allow multiple writers to contribute posts using their own names and individual login credentials. The best team blog platforms also allow an editor to review posts before publishing and manage the entire blog as seamlessly as possible. Following are several of the best blogging applications and content management systems for team blogs.

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WordPress.org

The self-hosted version of WordPress available at WordPress.org is one of the best options for a team blog. WordPress is a blogging application, but WordPress.org offers a variety of built-in features such as tiered user access roles as well as ​third-party WordPress plugins that can add even more capabilities. For example, there are free plugins that enable contributors to co-author posts, for special author bios, for creating and managing editorial calendars, and much more. A huge variety of themes makes customization incredibly easy. It's definitely possible for you to create and manage your own team blog using WordPress.org without hiring a designer or developer to help you. Pick up a book about WordPress if you need extra help along the way.

What We Like

  • Package is free.

  • Huge variety of free plugins to fit a wide variety of needs.

  • Adding and styling content is easy.

  • Frequently updated.

  • Large, supportive user community.

What We Don't Like

  • Can be somewhat challenging to install for non-tech-savvy users.

  • Requires external hosting and domain, which incurs costs (although they are nominal).

  • Extensive customizations can require PHP knowledge or the help of an expert.

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MovableType

MovableType is another great option for a team blog, but it's not free. However, MovableType does make it easy to not only create and manage a team blog but also to create and manage an entire network of team blogs. It's important to note that the installation process for MovableType is not as easy as WordPress.org. Furthermore, changing and customizing the design of a MovableType blog is more challenging than it is for a WordPress blog. If you're uncomfortable with technology, then WordPress.org is probably a better choice for your team blog.

What We Like

  • Easy to add and edit entries.

  • Can create and manage a group of linked blogs.

  • Easy tracking of edits by multiple users.

What We Don't Like

  • Cost might be prohibitive for some.

  • Not as streamlined and modern as other solutions.

  • Difficult to tweak and customize.

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Drupal

Drupal is a powerful content management system that is completely free for you to download and use. You can create a team blog with Drupal, but blogging is just one aspect of Drupal. You can also create a website and integrate a forum, social networking site, e-commerce site, an intranet, and more. Drupal has a bigger learning curve than WordPress.org and MovableType. For example, when you install Drupal, what you'll see is very bare-bones and basic. Separate modules offer everything else. If you're very serious about creating a team blog as part of a larger business or personal strategy of publishing content and building communities online, then Drupal is definitely worth learning. Drupal has a reputation of being able to do anything.

What We Like

  • Totally free.

  • The jack-of-all-trades among blog platforms.

  • Can be used to build entire sites.

  • Offers deep customization.

What We Don't Like

  • Bigger learning curve than some other options.

  • Very basic out of the box but can be customized with modules.

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Joomla

Joomla is another content management system that is free for you to use. It's commonly thought of as the "middle of the road" between WordPress.org and Drupal, meaning it offers more features than WordPress but fewer than Drupal. Also, Joomla is harder to learn than WordPress.org but easier than Drupal. With Joomla, you can create blogs, forums, calendars, polls, and more. It's great for managing large amounts of content and the user interface is very friendly. However, Joomla doesn't offer the same level of extras (called extensions) that WordPress plugins or Drupal modules provide. If your team blog is going to provide a lot of posts with little need for extra features beyond the core features of Joomla, then this CMS could work for you.

What We Like

  • Completely free.

  • Handles a wide variety of media with ease.

  • Intuitive writing/editing interface.

  • More sophisticated than WordPress.

  • Thousands of plugins.

  • Large, active support community.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires scripting/coding knowledge to customize and tweak.

  • Can stumble under heavy traffic.

  • Overkill for blogs focused on only simple posts and updates.