Online Presence Reviews



Introduction


This page is for reviewing the relative merits of different services that can be used to form the basis of Personal Learning Enviroments.

Please note this is for tools that can be used to create Personal Learning Enviroments, such as blogs, wikis and personal start pages, not group-centred tools such as forums, Google Groups, content management systems. See Choosing an Online Presence for examples. Read this discussion on the Planning Forum for more on this issue.

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If you would like to add another tool or service please follow the format.


Edublogs



Address: http://edublogs.org/

Pros:

Cons:
  • Can only add other members if they have an account, and a blog, at edublogs.org - seanfitz seanfitz
  • It uses Word Press Multi-user, which has a few less features than standard Wordpress. The main issue for this project is that while it comes with a range of off-the shelf themes, it's impossible to access and change the template - seanfitz seanfitz

Summary:
  • Good for anyone who wants a simple Wordpress blog with a built-in links/blogroll manager, but doesn't want to tweak the template, and is happy one of the provided themes - seanfitz seanfitz

Wordpress.com



Address: http://www.wordpress.com/

Pros:
  • Built using excellent open source blog software - Wordpress - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Comes with built-in links manager - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Can add categories to posts (which also double as tags) - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Other users can be added without them having to create a blog (as is the case with edublogs.org) - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Some of the built-in themes allow you to add 'widgets' to your sidebar, making it easy to add flickr badges, del.icio.us link rolls, RSS feeds etc. without needing to tweak the code.

Cons:
  • It uses Word Press Multi-user, which has a few less features than standard Wordpress. The main issue for this project is that while it comes with a range of off-the shelf themes, it's impossible to access and change the template - seanfitz seanfitz

Summary:
  • Good for anyone who wants a simple Wordpress blog with a built-in links/blogroll manager, but doesn't want to tweak the template, and is happy one of the provided themes - seanfitz seanfitz

Blogger



Address: http://www.blogger.com/

Pros:
  • Easy to use and set-up - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Popular and familiar to many - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Most facilitators already have an account wiht Blogger which is required to co-author the blog - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Ability to completely edit the template - seanfitz seanfitz

Cons:
  • Links & blogrolls have to be added manually into the template - seanfitz seanfitz
  • No comment RSS or notification - seanfitz seanfitz

Summary:
  • It's a good choice for an official online presence, since we will be modelling using a tools that is easy to use and familiar and many already use or intend to use - seanfitz seanfitz

Elgg



Address: http://elgg.net/

Pros:
  • Part of an existing, education oriented, social network community - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Relatively easy to access and tweak the template - seanfitz seanfitz
  • Comes with a built-in RSS reader - seanfitz seanfitz

Cons:
  • Can't tweak certain system menus and sidebar elements - seanfitz seanfitz

Summary:
  • tbc