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Blosxom is an incredibly easy blog-creation tool written by Rael Dornfest, one of the blog founding fathers. Blosxom (pronounced blossom ) is a simple CGI script that sits on your web server and turns ordinary text files into blog posts. For those with simple blogging needs (mostly plain text, with the occasional hand-created link and styled text), Blosxom is perfect. But don't think that it's just for basic users. With Blosxom's plug-in architecture and easily modified configuration dialog box, you can accomplish many things with your blog. Blosxom runs as a Common Gateway Interface (CGI) script on your web server, so if you want your blog live on the web at all times, you need to have a host that permits running CGI scripts (most do). You may want to experiment with several tools before settling on one, though. For this, you have the capability to run Apache on your own SUSE Linux Professional system. See Chapter 26 for a more detailed explanation of Apache. Don't choose a common...
As you travel around the Web, you may have seen the little orange rectangles marked XML on certain pages. This is especially true for weblog sites, but increasingly true on regular news sites (CNET News.com, BBC News, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, and Alternet, among others) as well. Perhaps you've clicked the button and saw the equivalent of an HTML source page and wondered what that was for. What you're really seeing is a new way of delivering news and information to you headline (or full text) syndication of website content. Publishing a syndicated version of your blog is a great way to gain readers. Most blogging software does this by default, and it is otherwise easy to set up. Wth syndication, readers can find your blog through blog-search sites like Weblogs.com, Daypop, Feedster, Bloglines, and Syndic8. As a blog reader, syndication also simplifies building collections of blogs to read. There are two popular formats to syndicate with RSS and Atom. This is another religious...
Either from the shell or your favorite file manager, copy the contents of the WordPress directory that you created in step 2 to the public_html home directory. If you already have content there (or want your blog to be part of your larger site), copy the whole directory over.
Our first step involves creating a new application within our project. For a number of reasons, including the simplicity with which we can create a page, our example application is a very simple blog program. We create our blog application by switching into our project directory, and then by using our management program, manage.py For example, let's say we want the blog URL to go to our blog application. So, we would open the URLConf file, which for the mysite project will be in mysite urls.py. (We already modified this last month, when we added administrative capabilities to our Django site.) We then add a line that looks like the following In other words, if the system sees a URL that begins with blog and ends with , it should invoke the index method within views.py in our blog application. And, sure enough, as soon as we save urls.py to disk, we can reload our URL http 188.8.131.52 8000 blog , and in our browser, we see Hello, world . Our Django application is starting to come...
The program is designed to work with blogs hosted at Blogger.com, Advogato, or Live Journal. Alternatively, you can configure the software to work with MovableType, Pyblosxon or WordPress installations on your own website. When it runs for the first time, the program will ask you to setup your blog details. You'll need to set the blog type in the Blog Type dropdown list, and then set your username and password (if you're attempting to access blog software you've manually installed on a website, you'll also need to provide the URL). Then click the Lookup Blogs button to both confirm the details are correct and to retrieve the list of blogs that you can use the applet to contribute to. Once the lookup has completed, select its entry from the Blog Name dropdown list. Note that you can only contribute to one blog using the applet.
Movable Type (MT) is considered by many to be the gold-standard weblog application. It has a reputation of being somewhat difficult to install, but it has so many features, it's worth the moderate pain. Many of the more technical-oriented blogs run MT, as do quite a few businesses and news organizations. Typepad is the Blogger-type hosting service set up by Movable Type's developers. Typepad makes it easy to produce a high-quality MT-type blog without having to manage the installation. They've even made it a going concern by charging a minimal monthly fee ( 4.95 as this is written) for basic users. MT runs on just about every platform and can use any web server or database application you prefer. There is a free version for personal use, but if you want to have multiple authors for your blog, you'll need a paid version (less than 100).
The biggest and best-known blogging services generally offer both live-in-your-browser posting and free storage space on their servers for your blog. Some offer the option to email posts, which can be a handy device. Here's a quick overview of what you can do with these services. Blogger (www.blogger.com) In many ways, Blogger is the America Online of the weblog industry it's where people get started. Blogger blogs run the gamut of styles, but lean toward the personal-journal end of the spectrum. LiveJournal started as a way for a group of friends to keep each other posted on their lives. It grew into a large, but still by-invitation-only, community of all kinds of journal-keepers. Today, anyone can get a LiveJournal account and start blogging.
RSS is an XML-based file format for metadata. It describes a number of pieces of information that are updated frequently. This might include the reference to a blog post, the next train to leave platform 9 from King's Cross, the current stories on a news web site, and so on. In each case, every change is recorded in the RSS file, along with the all-important time stamp, enabling RSS readers to determine any updates to the data mentioned within it. The software that generates these RSS feeds may also remove references to previous stories once they become irrelevant or too old. However, old is defined by the author.
Google Docs provides the HTML code needed to share your document on your blog or web site. Figure 11-18. Google Docs provides the HTML code needed to share your document on your blog or web site. For Document files, the Publishing options include the ability to post the document on a blog. If you have a blog, click the Post to blog button, provide your credentials such as username and password, and click the OK button to have the Document file posted to your blog. (Visit http www.blogger.com for more information on blogs as well as how to create your own free blog.)
Another great feature of the weblog culture is the cross-discussion among weblog authors. WordPress by default attempts to notify the owners of articles you link to when you post. It also supports pingbacks and trackbacks, so that other blogs can notify you when they write about your articles.
You have just returned from a vacation with your friends. You decide to write about this experience on your blog and post some photographs of the trip. However, uploading images one by one to the Web site involves a lot of effort and time. You want to find a more convenient way to
P Posting(title 'Dummy 1 headline', body 'This is my first blog post', publication_date (datetime.now() -timedelta(0, 0, 0, 0,1))) p.save() p Posting(title 'Dummy 2 headline', body 'This is my second blog post', publication_date datetime.now()) p.save() return HttpResponse( Created blog posts. )
For example, I might take a full-size screen capture of the window within which I'm writing this particular column just to find that it's 722 x 719 pixels across and down, respectively. But if I were to include it on my Weblog, I would want to reduce it down to no more than 600 pixels so that it doesn't break my site layout.
Blogging is a kind of half bakery, falling somewhere between public e-mail (a way to write for cc world ) and polished journalism of the sort we write for print publications like this one. out. Another blogger published it, accusing me of taking advantage of a tragedy to advance a commercial cause. (Although he said it in far less polite terms than those.) In a comment under that blog post, I said the republished post was a private e-mail that was never meant to be blogged. But the blogger left it up, as an act of snarky passive aggression. In the midst of that, a reporter with NPR (also a blogger of far more prominence than my own) asked me if I'd be willing to share my thoughts about the Cho files in an interview. So I did. As an old Radio Guy, I thought I did a pretty good job. So did the interviewer blogger. But did I shed much light Did anybody I don't know. When I heard myself on the radio, I had to admit that I sounded like yet another talking head. As I look around the...
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