What is your favorite WYSIWYG software

WordPress 2.6 supports version tracking, Google Gears 2021

Blogging is becoming increasingly popular, both for individuals and businesses. That's because blogging software is one of the easiest ways to post information about your business. The best packages offer almost unlimited customizability, while new users can easily get started with a minimum of installation and configuration.

My own favorite among the long list of packages available is WordPress. For me it offers just the right balance of configurability and usability. In addition, it always seems to be up to date with the latest web technologies. Case Study: WordPress 2.6 arrived today and offers a variety of new options that will make it easier than ever to publish and edit your blogs - even when you're offline.

What I think has always made WordPress so great is it's easy to use. Its attractive user interface allows you to quickly update and manage your blog, and it has a lot of shine. Where some packages might force you to type posts into awkward web forms, WordPress offers a WYSIWYG editor and AJAX-powered controls. Plus, it's completely "skinnable" so your blog can look like anything you want to the outside world. New features can easily be added via third-party plug-ins.

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Web applications are particularly vulnerable to network attacks, so their developers need to stay on their toes. Fortunately, WordPress is updated frequently, and version 2.6 fixes more than 190 bugs. What really sets this new version apart, however, is the multitude of new features.

WordPress 2.6 introduces a new edit tracking system that allows you to quickly check who made which changes to a post and when. Plus, in the event of vandalism (or if you get your foot in your mouth), you can fall back on older versions of a post.

It also offers a "Push This" bookmarklet that you can add to your browser. With one click, it extracts the most relevant information from the currently displayed page and sends it to your WordPress blog.

Perhaps the most exciting addition, however, is WordPress 2.6 support for Google Gears. With a click on the "Turbo" button in the upper right corner of the WordPress administration interface, you can now cache the most important files of the WordPress management console on your local hard drive so that you can blog, even if you are only temporarily connected to the network lost.

WordPress is open source software that can be downloaded and installed for free. To run it you need a web server configured with support for PHP (an open source web application language) and the MySQL database. Many low-cost web hosting providers offer these features as standard.

Do you use blogs as a tool to market your business? If so, what is your favorite software - or are you using a hosted service? Turn off in the PC World Community forums.