Blog software comparison chart

Updated May 18, 2006: This chart is a companion to the article “Time to check: Are you using the right blogging tool?,” published July 14, 2005 in the USC Annenberg Online Journalism Review. Do note that this chart reflects only standard features of the tools’ installation, and not every possible extension, plug-in modification… or hack.

Functionality Blogger TypePad Basic TypePad Plus TypePad Pro Blogware WordPress Movable Type Expression Engine
Comments Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Categories No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Subcategories No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Trackbacks Yes (Backlinks) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pings Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
RSS No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Atom Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Search No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blogroll/Lists No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Number of blogs Unlimited 1 3 Unlimited 1 1 (more with WordPress MU) Determined by license Unlimited
News Aggregation No No No No Yes No No Yes
Extras Blogger TypePad Basic TypePad Plus TypePad Pro Blogware WordPress Movable Type Expression Engine
Moblogging Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Photo Galleries No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Non-blog pages No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Maintenance Blogger TypePad Basic TypePad Plus TypePad Pro Blogware WordPress Movable Type Expression Engine
API Blogger Blogger, MetaWeblog, MT, Atom Blogger, MetaWeblog, MT, Atom Blogger, MetaWeblog, MT, Atom MetaWeblog Blogger, MetaWeblog, MT Blogger, MetaWeblog, MT, Atom MetaWeblog, Blogger, MT
Logs None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data Storage Database Database Database Database Database Database Database/No database Database
Spam Fighting Tools Blogger TypePad Basic TypePad Plus TypePad Pro Blogware WordPress Movable Type Expression Engine
Blacklist No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Visitor registration/login Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Captchas Yes No No No No No No Yes
Moderation Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
URL NOFOLLOW No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP/User/URL banning No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comment Notification Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Design Blogger TypePad Basic TypePad Plus TypePad Pro Blogware WordPress Movable Type Expression Engine
Skins 33 25 25 26 23 2 7 27
Admin panel design configuration No No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Admin panel layout configuration No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Publishing Interface Blogger TypePad Basic TypePad Plus TypePad Pro Blogware WordPress Movable Type Expression Engine
User Levels Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple authors Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image uploading Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Image thumbnailing No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Post scheduling No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Save without posting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bookmarklets No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Edit Templates Online Yes No Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Edit Templates Offline No No No No No No Yes Yes
File uploading No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Password Protection No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Localization No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Work offline No No No No No No No No

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