Five Alternatives to WordPress
WordPress obviously stands as the most popular blogging platform in use today. And it is, for the most part, an excellent piece of software. However it is always a good idea to explore the alternatives, and you might even find one that you like! So here I present to you five excellent alternatives to WordPress for your blog.
b2evolution is an old one, but a good one. b2evolution is an open source blogging platform written in PHP, using a MySQL database. In fact, WordPress originated as a fork of b2evolution, back in 2003. And even though this blogging platform is that old, it is still being updated frequently to compete with more modern platforms.
Movable Type is probably one of the most popular alternatives to WordPress, and with good reason. It is a very powerful publishing platform, with all the features you would need to make a site like one running WordPress. And while some of the latest versions of Movable Type use an interface strikingly similar to that of WordPress, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to try something different.
Habari is described on its website as "next-generation blogging". The main difference between Habari and other blogging platforms is the way it is built, designed for modern hosting environments. Their FAQ does a good job of explaining this:
Habari is being written specifically for modern web hosting environments, and uses modern object-oriented programming techniques. Using these recent but well-established additions to the PHP language allows Habari to make use of PDO, enabling prepared statements for all interactions with the database. This greatly reduces the system's vulnerability to SQL injection attacks. This is just one of many benefits of modern object-oriented techniques.
Now this is an interesting one. WikyBlog is a content management system designed with the idea to combine the features of wikis and blogs into a single efficient application. It combines your standard blog styled organization that you'll find in any other blogging platform, with features found in wikis, such as collaborative editing and revision history.
Write Your Own
If you can't find a good blogging platform that suits all of your needs, and you are interested to learn, you might want to try your hand at writing your own! It's actually not very hard to create a very basic system, and it is a great learning experience. If you're new to this kind of thing, take a look at my (slightly old, but still good) PHP CMS tutorial, and work from there to make it into a full blog system.
Now don't get me wrong, I still love WordPress. But there are many alternatives out there, and some of them are actually very nice!
Would you suggest any other alternatives to WordPress? Be sure to leave a comment.