I wanted a simple journal system in which I and others could post logs and comments. The log page would show links if we made them. And the messages would be listed in reverse date/time order. Not much to ask eh?
I did not propose writing this application myself in php – but just take something off the shelf? Was there anything? Well on hotscripts.com and other php sites there are just thousands. Choosing would be difficult.
More or less randomly I selected about five to try. Three did not begin work out of the box. Discarded. Installed xataljournal. Nice but just a bit too simple. No comments facility to posts and no ability to make links to other pages. Installed journalness – and yes that what we needed.
But it turns out all these things were current about 2 years ago. Most are no longer in development – and I do not propose developing/debugging these myself. A shift happened and everyone decided they would not use little journaling applications but choose a big one and go with that. Better to have the support of an army of developers than one man a dog.
Dreamhost offer two blogging thingies as “one-click installs” (yeah I bet!) – WordPress and Joomla. So I’ll install Joomla and see what that does. It is probably massive overkill for what we need here. But can’t hurt to try.