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.

Develop 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

Once you’ve chosen the right tool, you’ll need training.

Review all steps at a glance on the How to Blog page.


Content Lead: Lisa Nelson
Page Reviewed/Updated: October 28, 2013

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