We want to set up a BLOG that is text searchable we have no idea how to get started

Can anyone please give us direction on how to set up a BLOG that is real good. Freeware if POssible.
Do we need to purchase PHP, MYSQL etc.
WE would like to put it on W2k3 server IIS

Thanks
dorgunrAsked:
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_GeG_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
PHP and MySQL are free and have excellent installation documentation, see www.php.net and www.mysql.com
And there are a lot of free blogging programs, check
http://www.opensourcecms.com
http://dmoz.org/Computers/Programming/Languages/PHP/Scripts/Content_Management/
for a list
opensourcecms have demo installation of all blogs, so just check them out yourself
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Diablo84Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You might want to consider using Blogger

http://www.blogger.com/start

It is highly customisable and also has the option having the blog hosted on your site using the advanced set up
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Diablo84Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Heres a basic example blog i set up to show you using one of the pre-built templates, everything in this case is hosted on the blogger.com server so there is no need for php or mysql on your server.  http:// diablo84 [dot] blogspot [dot] com

Its a completely free service and is very easy to manage and has very little in the lines of advertisement. Going with this option will be easier then installing and managing your own blog system, while you might prefer the control you would have if everything was hosted on your server this is a very good service which would save you a lot of time.
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nowaydown1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Blogger is definately a cool service if it meets your needs.  You should definately give it a look. I 'm capable enough that I could write my own blog, but Blogger is just too good to pass up.  Why reinvent the wheel?  If you want to roll your own, you will need either ASP or PHP (I recommend PHP as it's free) ,some form of of a database (I would also recommend MySQL, again free) and a programmer to tie all the technologies together and bring your idea to a reality.  The webserver you host on should be irrelevant if it's configured correctly.

As far as making your blog searchable, MySQL can easily search for individual words within the database, but you'll have to write your own algorithm for the search to be useful.  You don't want search results being returned for common words like the, and, a, etc.  Then your search results would be irrelevant and useless.    

Please let me know if there is any additional way that I could assist you.  Have a wonderful day!  
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dorgunrAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all !!
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