March 8th, 2007 No comments


EllisLab (formerly pMachine) is a privately-held technology company, founded by Rick Ellis, that develops web publishing software.

The first developed tool was a publishing app called pMachine, which was released in 2001. pMachine is no longer under development, but is now freely available and continues to find a large audience.

The next-generation publishing system, ExpressionEngine, was released in February of 2004, and was initially available with paid-only licenses.

Starting with ExpressionEngine 1.4, released on December 16, 2005, ExpressionEngine comes in three versions:

* EE Core (free): Limited features, no tech support, for personal (non-commercial) or non-profit use only.

* EE Personal (paid): All features and tech support, for personal or non-profit use only.

* EE Commercial (paid): All features and tech support, for commercial use.

ExpressionEngine is a PHP and MySQL application. To determine if your hosting environment can support EE, a simple wizard is available for download on the ExpressionEngine website.

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eZ publish

September 2nd, 2006 No comments

[eZ publish]

eZ publish “provides one platform for web publishing, e-commerce, intranets/extranets, document management, blogs, photo galleries, forums, portals and more.

With its framework architecture, it is both an out-of-the-box solution and a platform that can be extended and enhanced to suit your specific requirements.

eZ publish is written in PHP and requires MySQL or PostgreSQL as a DBMS. The eZ publish software has a dual license model: you can choose between the eZ publish Professional License and the GNU GPL Free Open Source license.

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August 15th, 2008 No comments


Born as phpRadiant in January 2007, Frog is a PHP version of Radiant CMS, a well known Ruby on Rails application.

Radiant and Frog share the goal to simplify content management, and offer an elegant user interface, flexible templating, and simple user management and permissions.

But, while PHP hosting is ubiquitous and affordable, Ruby hosting is less common and often expensive, so this project could definitely find an audience within the PHP users community.

Frog requires PHP5, a MySQL database or SQLite 3 with PDO, and a web server (Apache with mod_rewrite is highly recommended). It is distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License.

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August 31st, 2006 No comments


Geeklog “is a PHP/MySQL based application for managing dynamic web content.

Out of the box, it is a blog engine, or a CMS with support for comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, spam protection, and all the other vital features of such a system.

The core Geeklog distribution can easily be extended by the many community developed plugins to radically alter its functionality. Available plugins include forums, image galleries, and many more.

Geeklog was originally developed for the Security Geeks web site and was originally authored by Jason Whittenburg. In early 2001, Jason handed the project over to Tony Bibbs. Tony is currently focusing on getting the next generation Geeklog, dubbed GL2, off the ground, while Dirk Haun is now maintaining the 1.x branch.

Geeklog is open source software and is released under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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November 3rd, 2006 No comments


GreyMatter is a blogging application released by Noah Grey in November 2000. GreyMatter is written in Perl, and requires no database because it stores content in plain files.

Other features include the ability for users to post comments to your entries, a template based system that allows you to fully customise every aspect of your site’s look and function, and support for multiple authors, with fully controllable individual access.

After February 2001, GreyMatter was no longer developed by its author, but was maintained and occasionally updated by other developers at

In August 2006 was taken offline, but shortly after GM activity resumed based on a new website,

GreyMatter is open source software. You may freely modify and redistribute this program, so long as every copyright notice remains fully intact.

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April 12th, 2007 No comments


GuppY was born in December 2002, written by Aldweb. At that time it was called miniPortail but in September 2003 miniPortail 2.4 was renamed GuppY.

GuppY is written in PHP, and doesn’t require a database, since it stores all its content in plain text files. Major features include members management, news and articles publishing, links and downloads management, image gallery, guestbook, forum, FAQ, polls, visits counter, newsletter.

The administration area features a WYSIWYG editor, plugin management, customizable design, and offers the capability to switch languages or to build a bilingual site.

GuppY is free software, released under the CeCILL license.

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December 2nd, 2007 No comments


Habari is a blogging platform announced in January 2007, whose aim is to represent a fresh start to the idea of blogging.

Habari relies on PHP5 with PHP Data Objects (PDO), and your choice of SQL database (MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQLite). Habari is strongly object oriented, and implements the full suite of the Atom Publishing Protocol. User-created plugins make Habari do nearly anything imaginable, and a robust theme system permits the use of several popular templating solutions.

Some of the developers of Habari were developers of WordPress, currently the most popular blogging platform. An interesting read is the Interview with Habari Developers published in the Blog Kazani web site in August 2007.

Habari is named after a Swahili word meaning “news”, and is released under the open source Apache License 2.0.

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October 23rd, 2008 No comments


ImpressCMS is a fork of Xoops, based on version 2.0.17 core. Born at the end of 2007, ImpressCMS feels that a community is most effective in a loose and informal structure, without fixed teams or organizational structure.

One of the most essential conditions for the success of this project is to have a healthy and open communication within the community and outwards. The open organization is what makes ImpressCMS different and it helps to achieve the goal of having a true open source project.

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August 31st, 2006 No comments


Joomla! is a fork of Mambo, or the other way around? According to this article in the Joomla! Developer Blog, in August 2005 a dispute developed within the Mambo Steering Committee. “The entire Core Team decided to sever ties with Miro, the company supporting Mambo, and leave the project. They regrouped under another name and released Joomla! 1.0 in September 2005.

Another way to look at it is like this:

Mambo today: same name, same base code, different team;
Joomla! today: different name, same base code, same team.

This makes it hard to answer the question “what is the original”. Joomla! 1.0 and Mambo 4.5.3 should be mostly compatible, being both based upon Mambo 4.5.2. Following the release of Joomla! 1.5 and Mambo 4.6 we are likely to see polarisation of the two projects and each provide its own richness and new flavours to the Open Source movement.

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January 14th, 2007 No comments


The LifeType project started in February 2003 when its leader, Oscar Renalias, needed a set of dynamic scripts for his personal web page. Even though he did not know about the idea of weblogs back then, the outcome of the first iteration of the project already resembled one.

A few weeks later Francesc, another of the founding members, suggested that developing a blog with support for multiple users and blogs could be a better idea, and so pLog 0.1 was released on September 2, 2003, featuring most of the features that are still part of the core nowadays: multi-user and multi-blog from the ground up, template engine, localizable and extensible via plugins.

pLog 1.0 was released in April 2005, and later that year, because of trademark issues, pLog changed its name into LifeType. LifeType is a PHP and MySQL application, and is licensed under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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