At the Forge - COREBlog

It's not a Web development framework without a blog package. Here's a Zope-based system for a Web journal with all the bells and whistles.

When you become an established blogging pundit, people will turn to your site several times a day, looking for your latest wisdom and pointers to interesting links. People who follow more than one blog or who want to integrate Weblogs with some news sources use an aggregator program to collect content from various sites. Aggregators do not look at the HTML directly; rather, they retrieve the syndication feed as distributed in RSS.

COREBlog makes it easy to syndicate your site. Indeed, you don't need to do anything in order to syndicate postings on your Weblog. COREBlog takes care of this for you automatically, providing both the popular RDF and RSS formats. There is nothing to configure in order for syndication to work; COREBlog comes with working syndication out of the box.


Content management systems are wonderful for organizations that need them. But if you are running a Web site by yourself, a full-fledged CMS probably is overkill. Many individuals have begun to publish Weblogs in the last few years, and although Weblog software still is in a relatively early stage, such products do make it easy for an individual to get started publishing articles on a regular basis, in an easy-to-understand, standard format. COREBlog is one open-source application for creating and managing Weblogs, and it seems to do an excellent job of offering the basics. It also provides a plugin architecture so new modules can be added to the system without having to restart it from scratch. Next time, we continue on our tour of open-source Weblog software, comparing some other packages to COREBlog.

Reuven M. Lerner, a long-time consultant in Web/database programming, is now a graduate student in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. You can reach him at



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Update: COREBlog at 1.2 and author at WordPress

betabug's picture

Just a bit more than a year later, the author of this article seems to do his weblog on WordPress, while COREBlog is a happy running project at Version 1.2. In my own experience COREBlog is extremely fast, friendly and stable. Definitely worth trying, especially when you are running Zope anyway (but for me a reason to install Zope on my own server too).

COREBlog may not have tons of prebuilt "custom" skins ready to download, but for someone not afraid to look into the CSS and maybe into the DTML, it is easy to customize.

Zope products

Anonymous's picture

Greate list of the ready for use Zope products can be found on content management software info

Re: At the Forge: COREBlog

Anonymous's picture

There's an English spoken mailinglist too.

coreblog-en list has moved

betabug's picture

The english language COREBlog list has moved btw:
coreblog-en at now