Simple Setup

By Dylan Tweney  |  Posted 2003-07-07 Print this article Print

Simple Setup

It took us all of 1 minute to set up a free Bloki account. Once our e-mail address was confirmed, we logged in and were immediately taken to our personal Bloki site.

To edit any page in the site, we clicked on the Edit link appearing above that page. A new window appeared, showing the contents of that page in an editable form. We were able to add and remove text, images and formatting in a fairly straightforward, WYSIWYG manner. Inserting new tables was easy, but modifying the attributes of an existing table (to add or remove borders, for example) required editing the HTML code directly.

We easily created Bloki pages from scratch by uploading HTML from our hard drive and by importing HTML from publicly accessible Web sites. We could change the overall look and layout of our Bloki site by selecting from a number of site templates, but the site provides no templates for individual page creation.

Bloki sites are publicly accessible by default. (The URLs take the form of However, we could designate specific pages as "private" so that they would appear only to designated users—an important feature if Bloki is to be leveraged for corporate use.

We were able to invite colleagues to contribute to our Bloki site via a Web form that sent them e-mail invitations. We could also grant editing privileges, although Bloki doesnt offer fine-grain access control. It is not possible, for example, to give a user the ability to change only a certain part of one page or to give him or her access to a certain section of a Bloki Web site.

Bloki does have basic file-locking and version-control features that make it usable as a collaboration tool. Bloki also provides a complete version history, which allowed us to see who made what changes, although Bloki doesnt indicate exactly what was changed in each version.

A simple Weblog tool is accessible through a separate URL ( Contributing new posts was as simple as with any Weblogging software weve seen.

Weblog formatting options, however, were limited to changing the header, the footer and the collection of links at the side of the Weblog.

Contributing analyst Dylan Tweney can be reached at


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