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Three WordPress alternatives for your blog

I wasn’t what you would call an “early adopter” of WordPress. In fact, I sometimes feel like I was one of the last to make the switch from Movable Type, which I loved and recommended to anyone who asked me what a blog was (yes, those were the days). Today, of course, over 90% of the work I do is on WordPress- and I’ve fully embraced this powerful publishing system.

But there are alternatives. And today, I want to show you three of them.

Habari. This, in comparison to WP, is one of the latest blogging systems, and you can tell right off the bat: it feels more modern somehow. Indeed, their FAQ explains just how modern it is:

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.

LifeType is worth a look especially if you’re tasked to build a blog for a non-techie client to use- its really simple to use, and offers multiple blogs and themes built on Smarty. I haven’t had much experience with LifeType, but its loyal users sing praises about its clean code and lightness.

And finally, Movable Type. Okay, so I’ll always have a soft spot for MT- but you know what? It’s a great system, maybe the only one on this list that can truly go head to head with WordPress in terms of features. It features multiple blogs (something I would love regular WP to have), supports both static and dynamic page generation, and has some of the most beautiful blog themes ever to grace the Internet. Movable Type is powered by Perl and not PHP, so if you’re more comfortable with the former, this is probably a better choice for you.

Do you have any WordPress alternatives to suggest? Let us know.


  1. By akagitano posted on June 29, 2009 at 8:53 pm
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    I suggest textpatter. It’s a open source stable blog engine and more.

  2. By Owen posted on June 30, 2009 at 5:25 am
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    Habari is certainly a great choice, although I may be a bit biased.

  3. By photographer posted on July 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm
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    what about drupal? ;)
    MT is really great, but I think, he is too big and difficult for personal blog…

  4. By Michael posted on July 8, 2009 at 5:00 am
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    Excellent site, useful information thanks ……..

  5. By china wholesale posted on July 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm
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    Thank you for this great theme!
    We’ve translated it into Polish here.no

  6. By Tobias posted on July 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm
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    Really cool stuff la, can I copy your article for my blog?

  7. By ntiremedia posted on July 20, 2009 at 5:49 pm
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    really nice info buddy…..i like it

  8. By gebelik posted on July 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm
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    i like this site. i added on my bookmark i thanks

  9. By Martowski posted on August 29, 2009 at 12:47 am
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    Thanks for this great post – I will be sure to check out your blog more often.

  10. By Michel Leconte posted on November 29, 2009 at 9:07 am
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    Hello Lorraine,

    I’ve noticed that lots of people use WP as a corporate CMS as well, even if it is primarily a blogging CMS. So if your use is hybrid in nature or yo have actually diverted the original aim for WP, then I would recommend taking a look at what our team has developped; http://www.seotoaster.com as it is a powerful, free and open source CMS. It is easy to use since everything including edition and administration is on the front-end, and absolutely unique in regards to its SEO features;
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