September 12th, 2006 No comments


Scoop is basically “somewhere between a weblog, a bulletin board, and a content management system. Superficially, it looks like a weblog, with stories displayed in reverse chronological order, and comments attached. The difference is that Scoop allows your users to drive the site by not only submitting stories, but acting as site editors and choosing which stories to publish.

Scoop is designed to enable your website to become a community. It empowers your visitors to be the producers of the site, contributing news and discussion, and making sure that the signal remains high.

A Scoop site can be run almost entirely by the readers. The whole life-cycle of content is reader-driven. They submit stories, they choose what to post, and they can discuss what they post. Readers can rate other readers comments, as well, providing a collaborative filtering tool to let the best contributions float to the top.

Scoop is written in Perl, and stores its content in a MySQL database.

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February 16th, 2009 No comments


Seditio is the successor of the LDU (Land Down Under) website engine. Both systems were created by Olivier C., who released LDU in July 2002 and Seditio in March 2006.

Seditio is a PHP / MySQL application, and is free for personal use, but it’s not open source. In 2008 Olivier C. authorized an independent and open source fork, Cotonti, that was first released in February 2009.

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July 28th, 2006 No comments


Serendipity (originally named jBlog) was born at the end of 2002.

Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application in the default package, offering to more advanced users a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications.

Features include a plugin architecture, WYSIWYG editor, Smarty templates, anti-spam and comment moderation, multiple database support (SQLite, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MySQLi), shared installations (can power multiple blogs from just one codebase).

Serendipity is released under the BSD License.

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October 4th, 2007 No comments


SilverStripe is a relatively new entrant in an already crowded market. SilverStripe 2.x coding began in late 2005, the code base was released under the BSD open source license in October 2006, and the stable 2.0.0 version was released in February 2007.

To differentiate itself from other systems, SilverStripe focuses on providing a simple, intuitive interface to content authors, and a flexible object-based framework to developers.

As core features SilverStripe offers, besides the administration interface, a WYSIWYG editor with links, images and tables, versioning and workflow capabilities, page hierarchy and navigation generation.

Additional modules include the forum module, the blogging module allowing multiple blogs, the event management module (commercial extension) and the e-commerce module (commercial extension).

SilverStripe requires PHP 5.2.0 or higher, MySQL 4.1 or higher, and an Apache or lighttpd web server; as already noted, it’s available under the terms of the BSD License.

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Simple PHP Blog

December 29th, 2006 No comments

[Simple PHP Blog]

Born in April 2004, Simple PHP Blog is a blog platform written in PHP 5; it doesn’t require a database, but uses flat text files to store content.

The main advantage of using Simple PHP Blog is that it only requires PHP 5 (or greater) and write permission on the server. Unlike other blog software, there is almost no setup – just unzip and copy…

Simple PHP Blog is made available under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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March 15th, 2009 No comments


SkyBlueCanvas is a lightweight CMS developed by Scott Lewis and released as open source in March, 2008.

SkyBlueCanvas is designed to be easy to use, and is intended for small web sites with relatively simple requirements. That means sites with about one hundred pages, two or three page layouts, and typically a non-technical site administrator.

The software core is extensible with modules, plugins and even Google gadgets, and offers a skin system to customize the site presentation.

What’s missing? Well, given the target audience, SkyBlueCanvas doesn’t require a database, and doesn’t provide user management and content hierarchies like Sections or Categories.

SkyBlueCanvas is a PHP application, and is licensed under the GNU General Publc License 3.0. A service package for business owners including site setup and design is also available from the Developer.

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March 27th, 2007 No comments


sNews is “a simple, basic, customizable CMS tool suitable for developers with beginner-to-advanced PHP skills. It is also useful to have a good working knowledge of how to work with, set up and manage MySQL databases. sNews is not geared towards the end-user who knows little or nothing about building and developing PHP-MySQL based websites.

The sNews platform was born in late 2005, and has only one ‘engine’ file and one ‘template’ file, to keep it as simple as possible. On the other hand, sNews does not have an automatic installer or a WYSIWYG browser based interface, so it needs a little extra effort on the user part while installing the application or editing content.

sNews requires PHP, MySQL and Apache with mod_rewrite, and is freely available under a Creative Commons License.

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December 12th, 2006 No comments


SPIP (Système de Publication Pour l’Internet) is a publishing system initially developed to manage the site uZine, and officially released to the public on July 1, 2001.

SPIP started with a French only interface, so it was not well known outside the French speaking world until, with SPIP release 1.6 in May 2003, English, Spanish, German and many other languages were supported as well.

SPIP is a PHP and MySQL application, and is made available under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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October 19th, 2006 No comments


Textpattern grew out of the system used to publish Textism – the personal site of Dean Allen – and was made available to testers in alpha versions as early as 2001. The early alpha versions were followed by a series of beta releases which saw more widespread use, and which were themselves superseded by a series of “gamma” releases which expanded and refined Textpattern’s capabilities.

In September of 2004, Release Candidate 1 for Textpattern 1.0 was released. In a somewhat unorthodox move, Textpattern continued to accumulate features as the second, third, fourth and fifth release candidates were made public.

The fifth release candidate, however, included a notice that no new features would be added before the 1.0 release, and two weeks later, on August 14, 2005, the first officially stable version of Textpattern was released. Due to the extended development process – many of the previous releases, even before the 1.0 candidates, were widely considered stable and mature enough for production use – this release was named Textpattern 4.0 rather than Textpattern 1.0.

This history of Textpattern comes from Wikipedia. Textpattern is a PHP – MySQL application, and is distributed under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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February 25th, 2007 No comments


Almost all the blogging platforms currently available are software applications we install in the server space of our hosting provider. No installation is required on our client PC, because all the creation and maintenance of our website are performed with our usual browser.

Of course hosting providers must meet the installation requirements so we can install server software: usually they must allow PHP scripting, provide a MySQL database, and facilitate URL rewriting with Apache mod_rewrite and custom .htaccess files.

When these requirements are not met, or when we are not (yet) comfortable with the involved technicalities, should we abandon the idea of a personal blog? Not at all, if we use Thingamablog.

Thingamablog (aka TAMB) is a software application we install, like any “normal” software, on our client PC, and it doesn’t require PHP, or MySQL, or mod_rewrite available on the server. A plain old web space is all we need.

What’s the secret? Well, TAMB builds all our blog’s pages on our client PC, and uploads the already built HTML pages on our server space. TAMB, like other blogging platforms, manages categories, monthly archives, calendar, comments, has customizable templates (yes, also a Kubrick theme ported from WordPress), and is freely available under the GNU GPL (General Public License).

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