Blog Design Solutions

So you’ve been reading a lot of blogs lately and are thinking of maybe setting up one of your own. But where do you start? Or maybe you already have a blog but want to try a different blog engine? How do you know which blog engine is best suited to your particular way of working, the computing platform you or your hosting company uses, and the programming languages you know?

Reading this book will answer those questions for you. Well, not literally, but you will know a great deal more than before you started reading, making it easier for you to make an informed choice of blog engine. And if after reading about the blogging engines covered in the book you find that none of them is for you, there is a whole chapter on building your own blog engine from scratch.

The blog engines explored and explained in Blog Design Solutions are Movable Type, ExpressionEngine, WordPress, and Textpattern. A whole chapter is devoted to each of these packages, teaching you how to install and customise them to make your blog look and work the way you want it to. To make developing your blog easier there is also a chapter on setting up the blog engine you choose on your own, local machine. I highly recommend doing that. When you’re trying things out it feels a lot better to know that if (or should I say when) something goes wrong, your live blog is still safe.

This book is not only useful to you if you do not already have a blog. It is equally useful if you are running a blog and have started looking at other blog engines, either because you aren’t quite happy with your current setup or because you just want to try out some alternatives.

Either way, this book will save you a lot of time and frustration.

Blog Design Solutions
Authors: Andy Budd, Simon Collison, Chris J. Davis, Michael Heilemann, John Oxton, David Powers, Richard Rutter, Phil Sherry
ISBN: 1590595815

Posted on April 26, 2006 in Reviews


  1. This book might come in handy by time, but right now, or in my case, I would like some advices on how to run a blog. Mostly what to or not to do.

    Today I’m using Wordpress, and so fare it’s fulfilling my needs, but this might be a quick way to learn the differences between the choices you have today.

    It would be nice to buy it as pdf, instead of a book, I don’t like the waiting :)

  2. gudi, as I’ve mentioned here, Blog Design Solutions is actually available to buy as a PDF. So, there you go. :)

    Great review, Roger, thanks.

  3. August 17, 2007 by Mike

    It’s very beautifully.

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