So I am looking for some unbiased advice here, hopefully with some pros and cons of each.
I am building a multi-user blog that will need front-end submission and all the usual stuff, admin approval, social network pinging, comments with (reCpatcha or equivalent, maybe even akimset and the like?), nice layout and design, etc.
Here's what I have been considering and my thoughts.
MyBlog - i have used it, it seems good, I dont like the weird blog menu that appears above the blog, not wild about the templates.
EasyBlog - seems like more features than MyBlog which is a plus. Also dont like the weird blog menu but I think it can be turned off. It says it has lots of templates but I cant see them before I buy. I can customize templates but it would be nice to have something very close to what I want to save time. How easy is EasyBlog to customize?
K2 - Might take a long time to set it up the way I like it. Their blog demo is looking nice these days, but I wonder if that template is available? I think it probaby isnt. Aain I can make my own but it is time consuming. Also, K2 doesnt have trackback or pingbacks unless you pay so its not free anyway with what I want to have. (http://demo.getk2.org/item
this layout looks clean and very nice to me)
Zoo - Nice and clean layout, I wonder what features there are though? Hard to see it all without installing and spending a day playing with it.
Some things I want to consider:
-I dont want users to be able to make up whatever tags they want, I ant to have a defined set of tags and they pick from them. This would be ideal for me, but its not a deal breaker if the blogging component doesnt have it.
-I am using a YooTheme template, so Zoo will fit right in, but not sure about all the features.
-I have been leaning toward EasyBlog but I am concerned about the look and layout of it.
So, anyone built a user blog and how did it go? What did you use?