Brainstorms and Raves

Notes on Web Design, Development, Standards, Typography, Music, and More

Blog / Weblog Programs, Tips, Templates

There are a variety of possible approaches and programs for creating your own weblog, whether for business, personal, or community use. These programs make it easy to concentrate on writing and posting your content without necessitating HTML, design or other skills.

Many of those listed here include free web hosting, free templates, and full instructions. Most also offer more options for a fee to upgrade. There is also a listing of design templates (some free, some to purchase).

Do you have interesting links to suggest? Let me know.

Note: the links go to the corresponding Web site, and the feed icons have links to the corresponding feeds.


At Blogger

Blogger Tutorials at Brainstorms and Raves

Blogger Tutorials Elsewhere on the Web

Blogger Add-ons Elsewhere on the Web

Blogger Hosting

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Grey Matter

At Greymatter

Greymatter Tutorials, Tips Elsewhere on the Web

Greymatter Syndicating, Creating RSS Channels

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Movable Type

At Movable Type

Movable Type Plugins

See also the Movable Type Plugins Resources section. This site's Colophon also lists more Movable Type plugins.

Movable Type Plugins Resources

Entire sites or sections of sites that provide plugins.

Movable Type Resources

Sites or sections of sites devoted to Movable Type and contain plugins, tips and tutorials, templates, and related. See also the Plugins Resources section.

Movable Type Templates

Movable Type Tutorials

Movable Type Webrings

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Userland Manila

At Userland

Userland Hosting

Userland Bookmarklets

Userland Themes (Templates for Userland)

Userland Tutorials

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At WordPress

WordPress Resources

WordPress Styles, Templates

See also WordPress Resources above for links to pages that list more.

WordPress Tutorials

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Other Blog/Weblog Programs

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Design Templates

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