I have been using an old ASP based blog engine called BlogWorksXML … this was in alpha years ago and the author has ceased any and all development, which is a real shame.
I had been suffering from an unmangeable deluge of comment spam for porn and all sorts … this was a real pain to manage due to the way blogworks works and with no improvements on the horizon it was time to pull it all or look for an alternative.
So, I had to look for something that would have the following things; installable on my own server rather than linking off to a different site; e-mail notifications when someone posted a comment, so I know about it and can reply … a few times, some comments had been sitting there for a day or two before I knew about them; multiple trackbacks; moderation/approval of comments and other ways to control spam; I quite like the ability to power it from a GUI like BlogJet so something popular and well know was essential
Now a quick search on google found no decent and still supported (also English written in case I have to get into the code) blog engines using just plain vanilla ASP so I started looking further afield.
My investigations ended with Moveable Type (which although powerful, costs money for anything other than a personal blog which I fear this is not, so that was out), and WordPress … Wow!
Getting the server to a point that I could install WordPress … php and mysql, and together oh what a pain .. install this, unzip that, read google to find out why I am getting errors, setup test pages, configure an ini file, discover that the ini file it actually uses is in c:\windows, try again, modify, test, success! Hurrah!
I then spent a little while, creating my own template/theme so it looks like my current blog and voila, its all cool. And more importantly, its continually supported so I should get any new things that get added.
So, when everything has been fully tested, I will start installing it onto the live server and hopefully do some more blogging again.
… it’s all live now and seems to work fine (once I got over the firewall issues, which is always a pain!)