October 10th, 2009 No comments


Cutenews is a blog publishing system written by Georgi Avramov and available free of charge (although a subscription fee is required to remove the Powered by CuteNews line).

CuteNews is written in PHP and all content is stored in flat text files, so database software is not required.

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December 8th, 2006 No comments


dBlog was born in 2003, written by Daniele (marlenek) for his personal blog, and later released to the public under the GNU GPL (General Public License) with the additional requirement to keep a link back to the dBlog website.

Out of the box dBlog is a weblog and a photoblog. Its features include RSS and Atom feeds, moderated user comments, calendar, site search, statistics, templating, and many more, like other blog and content management platforms.

Somewhat less usual are the system requirements for this platform. dBlog is not a PHP – MySQL application, but is based on ASP and the MS Access database, and requires a Windows server with IIS.

So it could be the right choice for those who prefer or need to be based on a Microsoft environment. The latest available version is dBlog 2.0, released on November 26, 2005.

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August 4th, 2008 No comments


DotClear is a blog package distributed as free software under the GNU GPL (General Public License). It’s not very well known outside the French speaking world, probably because only basic documentation is available in English.

DotClear is a PHP and MySQL application, and its features include:

* use of the W3C standards, including XHTML 1.0 Strict;
* friendly URLs;
* RSS and Atom feeds;
* full Unicode support;
* multiple user levels;
* support of XML/RPC clients, to edit the weblog from third party applications.

DotClear was started in 2002 by Olivier Meunier, and its first version was released in August 2003. DotClear 2.0+ requires PHP 5 and supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite databases.

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January 14th, 2007 No comments


DotNetNuke was born on December 24, 2002, when Shaun Walker released a modified version of the Microsoft IBuySpy Portal Solution (IBS) Starter Kit.

The original IBS Starter Kit’s goal was to demonstrate how ASP.NET and the .NET framework could be used to construct dynamic and data-driven portal applications.

The modified version, named IBuySpy Workshop, included a variety of enhancements over the original IBS code, including the ability to support multiple portals from a single database/codebase.

A few months later the application was renamed DotNetNuke. The name was chosen to recall the .NET framework, coupled with the term Nuke made popular by existing frameworks such as PHP-Nuke and PostNuke.

A full account of DotNetNuke’s formation and background – written by Shaun Walker – is the focus of Chapter 1 in the book “DotNetNuke ASP.NET Portals” available through

DotNetNuke is released under a BSD license.

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September 23rd, 2006 No comments


In 2000, University of Antwerp student Dries Buytaert started to write a software application for his campus website, allowing his group of friends to discuss and share news and notes.

When Dries moved out after graduation, the group decided to put the internal website online, with the name, so that they could stay in touch. Only later, in January 2001, Dries decided to release the software behind, naming it Drupal.

Since these early steps, described in About Drupal – History, Drupal has evolved into an open-source platform and content management system supporting a diverse range of web projects, from personal weblogs to large community-driven sites.

Drupal is written in PHP and requires a MySQL (or PostgreSQL) database. The templating systems are XTemplate (the default theme engine for Drupal 4.6.x and previous) and the new PHPTemplate engine (default in 4.7.x).

Drupal is released under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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August 25th, 2006 No comments


e107 is a content management system “written in PHP and using the popular open source MySQL database system for content storage. It’s completely free and totally customisable, and in constant development.

e107 was first publicly released in 2002 by its developer Jalist (see The history of e107). Later, an expanded development team was formed and eventually this team took over the task of maintaining and developing the system.

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September 12th, 2008 No comments


Elgg – meaning “elk” or “moose” in Scandinavia – was started by Ben Werdmuller and Dave Tosh in 2004, as a social networking platform designed especially for e-learning.

In August 2008 Elgg 1.0 was released. Elgg 1.0 has a completely rewritten core, to improve scalability and allow for greater customization; moreover, the focus has moved away from the e-learning use only, and today Elgg is a general social networking platform.

Elgg is available in two flavours, the core engine and the full package.
The core engine is for those wishing to build up their own network from the beginning, while the full package is the core engine plus a few preloaded plugins: blogs, files, pages, bookmarks, messageboard, status, TinyMCE and private messages.

Elgg is a PHP – MySQL application, requiring the Apache web server with mod_rewrite, MySQL 5+, PHP 5.2+ installed as an Apache module and with the GD, JSON and Multibyte String libraries. It’s distributed under the GNU General Public License, version 2.

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November 7th, 2009 No comments


Elxis was born in December 2005, based on a modified version of Mambo that had back-end language support. In June 2006 the first version of Elxis was ready and in October the first public version, Elxis 2006.3, was released.

Elxis CMS is being developed by the Elxis Team, led by Ioannis Sannos, and its headquarters are located in Athens, Greece.

Elxis uses the ADOdb database abstraction library to handle the database and, since version 2008.1, requires PHP 5.2 or higher. Elxis is released under the GNU/GPL license.

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June 29th, 2006 No comments


Etomite started as BCMS in 2003, and was known as Phase until September 2004. “Why should you choose Etomite over the other systems available? Well, it all depends on what you need a CMS for. Do you need to build a community with forums, user systems and the ability for your visitors to comment on every single piece of content in your site? Then Etomite is not the system you’re looking for (unless, of course, you write some fancy snippets or use the snippets in the forums to allow this).

Do you need a fast system, easy to install and use, that centers around content, with an intuitive user interface that lets you define exactly what your site should look like, with a growing yet dedicated community who really want to see Etomite make it big time? Then Etomite is the system you need.

The original creator of Etomite is Alex Butter, while Dean Steventon and Ralph Dahlgren are the current maintainers. Etomite is a PHP – MySQL application, and is released under the GPL (General Public License).

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July 2nd, 2006 No comments


Exponent does what other CMS systems do – “it allows anyone to create website pages, content on pages, and manage where these pages are placed on a website – but it does all this in a completely new way.

Exponent uses an editing system that allows website content to be edited on the page as it is displayed – no more back-end administration, no more navigating endless administration pages to add a simple line of text – simply visit the page you need to edit as if you were a site visitor, and make the change.

Exponent was born in 2003, is available under the GNU GPL and is supported by OIC, a software company based in Peoria, IL.

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