3 alternatives to wordpress

Posted on November 16, 2008. Filed under: Internet, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

Bored of wordpress, or want to try out something different? These three blogging platforms are worth checking out:

1. Habari – What may seem like a bare bones system is actually quite sophisticated, once you get the hang of it. The basic installation is almost similar to wordpress, but may need some manual ftp intervention. The plugins and themes are drop and activate, and there are plenty out there in the wild.

But it will take some effort to setup your site to your requirements. Not much documentation is available, though there are lots of plugins. The admin interface is a BIG plus – its completely uncluttered, clean and functional. It may seem empty for those who are used to wp admin interface, but that does not mean its inferior.

Experienced bloggers and people with patience will find habari interesting. If you are the one-click-install-and-forget type, look elsewhere.

2.Chyrp – Chyrp is an interesting project with a very extendable architecture based on MVC design pattern. But that’s just for the developers. For a normal user, its a very simple blogging system, which focuses on simplicity and modularity. Its very lightweight(download size about 360kb). In addition to the normal themes, and modules, it offers something called feathers that allow you to arrange where stuff will be displayed on the webpage.

Developers in particular will be interested as it is well documented and has an active community. The API is pretty straightforward, and its actually easier to create plugins for chyrp, than wordpress. Novice programmers (like me) can start off extending chyrp pretty easily.

3. Serendipity – Although its better known than habari and chyrp, it deserves more attention. Its not exactly lightweight, but the installation package comes with some useful plugins, and documentation. Has extensive support for plugins, and themes(called templates). Since its based on smarty template engine, the API is well tested and robust.

Again, developers and php lovers would love to check out serendipity.

P.S : If there are other alternatives, please scribble a comment.

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