In this chapter, we learned about weblogs, and how they can be used to create a world presence through the blogosphere. We saw the basic difference between a blog and a CMS, and why a blogging system like Roller can't be considered a full-fledged CMS. The chapter also covered the basics about newsfeeds and the important role they play for blogs. You worked with the Mozilla Firefox integrated newsfeed reader and Bloglines—a popular web-based feed reader. We also saw several live websites that use Apache Roller as their blog server.
Specifically, we covered:
The basic concepts about weblogs.
What you can do with a weblog—express your feelings to the world, get in touch with other people, promote your business or professional activities, share experiences with other users, and who is using Apache Roller.
A brief comparison between a blog and a CMS. What can you do with a CMS, and the reason why a blog can't be considered a fully-fledged CMS.
What are newsfeeds and how are they used in conjunction with blogs to spread information on the blogosphere.
This is just an introduction to the world of blogs and the blogosphere. In the next two chapters, you will learn to install Apache Roller, along with the software required to run it on Windows and Linux environments.
So, get ready and grab your hard hat, because you're about to start constructing your very own Apache Roller blog server!