It's that time again where we post our recommendations to various questions that are posed to us over the month.
This month we're going to provide you with options to consider if you are looking to start your own blog or small business website. Most of the systems we recommend below start off as blog platforms but can easily be extended to suit other CMS requirements.
While we are certainly aware that WordPress and Blogger are the two most popular blogging platforms on the market, that doesn't mean that they are the best. There are numerous other platforms out there that are worth checking out and we always enjoy finding new ones.
Here are a few recommended content management systems for blogging that we've tried and enjoy.
*Note: The systems below are not just for blogging, they are also very powerful CMS platforms. We simply classified them this way because they perform very well as blog platforms too!
Serendipity (also known as s9y)
Serendipity is an excellent blogging platform and when it comes to functionality, available plugins and stability, is quite a powerful system. It doesn't stop at blogging, however. Serendipity is a very powerful CMS as well and can (and should) be used for other projects ranging from publishing to serving up your business' website.
Support is excellent and the developers are quick to (safely) adapt your requests which is a rarity in this type of market.
Some of it's features:
More info: Serendipity CMS
Pixie is a visually attractive, small and simple to use CMS that has been growing well the last few years. It's easy to install, a pleasant experience to use and very stable. Produced by Toggle, there aren't a huge number of plugins and themes but there are plenty to get the job done.
This is a fun system to use and we recommend you give it a whirl and see if it fits your needs. There is a demo available that you can play with, without installing anything.
Some features include:
For more features, visit their website: Pixie CMS
glFusion is based on Geeklog, which is one of the oldest blogging and article publishing CMS available. Geeklog is a great system and well supported but the team at glFusion have taken things a step farther and provided very adaptable themes, extra plugins and very solid support. In our opinion, they have done a great job taking Geeklog to the next level and we suggest you try their product out if you haven't. It's free of course.
More info: glFusion
Looking for a little versatility to go with your coffee? Textpattern is the product for you. Designed to use template tags, this system is incredibly versatile. There are very few things that cannot be done with Textpattern. It takes a little getting used to but once you try it, it's hard to use anything else.
Not only is this system incredibly small but it's very, very fast. The admin interface can easily be themed and designing a system exactly the way you want is not difficult. There are plenty of plugins and the TXP community is a very active one.
Secure and stable
Easy to manage
An extensible platform
Sounds like something you'd like to try? Check it out at Textpattern CMS.
That's it for this month. If you haven't tried these systems and you are in the market, they are all free and we recommend you give them a whirl. That's why we love content management so much.. there are tons of great choices out there. Don't be afraid to explore and share your opinions.
If you have one you think is a great product that we should know about, drop us a line (either here or in the comments) and we'll take a look into it.