Choose a Blog Tool
Blog planning—Step 4 of 7
There are many blog platforms and tools available for government agencies. It’s important to find one that not only meets your needs, but also meets government requirements.
- What are your overall goals, budget, and technical capabilities?
- Decide whether a particular tool is affordable, fits into your current infrastructure, and gives you what you need to meet the goals of your blog.
Do you need a hosted or stand-alone blog?
- Hosted blog: a company provides the space to store (host) your blog. Blog hosting may be free or fee-based, and each company may offer a different array of services.
- Stand-alone blog: you host your blog on your own network. It allows great freedom to customize your blog, and gives you full control of the design; however, it is more complicated and costly than a hosted blog.
Will your blog be written by one person, or multiple authors?
- Multiple-author blogging has different requirements, such as separate accounts for each blogger.
- Where will you post?
- Do you need a tool that allows remote posting, from mobile devices, etc.?
- Does the tool comply with these government policies?
- Section 508 accessibility guidelines, to ensure it’s accessible for people with disabilities.
- FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act), to ensure it’s in a securely hosted environment.
Find a tool
- Federal-compatible Terms of Service Agreements have been negotiated for many free, open-source blog tools, such as Blogger.com and Wordpress.com.
- See an assessment of blog software on Wikipedia.
Once you’ve chosen the right tool, you’ll need training.
Review all steps at a glance on the How to Blog page.