What’s a blog?

A blog is traditionally just a website with a selection of recent articles on the main page and links to chronologically-sorted articles in a sidebar. Blog authors and administrators usually create content and manage the site through a web browser instead of a dedicated desktop application.

Blog software can have other criteria for sorting, such as tags and categories. Also, some items of content make more sense as hierarchically organized pages. Not limited to just simple articles with titles, blogs can facilitate posting of custom structured content types, such as status updates, asides, FAQs, how-tos, gallery posts, recipes, reviews, video diaries, etc.

With blogs, site visitors sometimes have the option to interact with the post authors and site visitors via a comment system. However, because of maintenance headaches caused by spammers and trolls, many public websites have chosen to disable comments.

A site powered by a blog content management system can be indistinguishable from one driven by an enterprise content management system, and the answer to "what's a blog?" becomes more nebulous.

Should I use WordPress, Drupal, or Roxen CMS?

Web Development Services has halted all new development in the Roxen Content Management System and will sunset the service in late 2019.

We have been recommending Drupal for departmental websites. OpenScholar, a Drupal distribution for academic scholars, is our recommendation for faculty, staff, researchers, or labs. We recommend WordPress for blogs, program sites, conference sites, and student organization sites.

Above all, we recommend that you use the website building system that you and your colleagues are most comfortable with.

Please contact webservices@princeton.edu if you are unsure about what direction to take with your upcoming website projects.

Why WordPress?

The WordPress platform is a stable, innovative, open-source publishing system with a vast library of third-party plugins and themes. It powers over 32% of all websites. An expansive, vibrant community of WordPress users and developers are actively refining the software, offering support, writing tutorials, and sharing best practices. With an average of three major releases per year, the WordPress user experience is continually evolving and improving.