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15 Opensource Blog Tool and Publishing Platform

Apr 07, 2009 insic 33 Comments

A roundup of the opensource blogging tool and publishing platform.

1. WordPress


WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.

Needless to say that it is the most popular among all publishing platforms available.

2. Serendipity


Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications.

3. Movable Type

Movable Type

Another promising open-source blogging engine. Flexible enough for custom blogs and websites and powerful enough for the most demanding content management and social media needs. You can find more details about movable type here.

4. Dotclear


Dotclear is an open-source web publishing software created in 2002 by Olivier Meunier. A one man’s project at first, Dotclear soon gathered a team comprising different personalities with various backgrounds.

The project’s purpose is to provide a user-friendly tool allowing anyone to publish on the web, regardless of their technical skills.

Dotclear is a free software primarily designed for its users and regularly improved by their contributions. Everyone may use it and modify it according to the software license.

5. Nucleus CMS


Nucleus CMS is also a popular content management system. It is actually more than a blog engine. Nucleus supports a multi-lingual and multi-author blogging environment. Some other extensive features are the availability of a huge number of templates and plug-ins, an easy administration panel, easy syndication support, etc. Nucleus exposes a rich set of APIs to extend it via plug-ins. Administration of Nucleus is more complicated than that of other blog engines.

6. Life Type

Life Type

LifeType supports multiple blogs and users, media management, generation of standard content, clean URLs and support for subdomains.
LifeType is released under the GPL license, and requires PHP and MySQL to work.

7. Boast Machine

Boast Machine

boastMachine is an open source, state of the art publishing platform written from scratch, that makes your web publishing experience so fun and easy as never before! From the fully automated installation to advanced content management featuresto spam fighting, boastMachine provides you with all that you would ever need!
It is written in PHP and backed by MySQL.

8. Text Pattern

Text pattern

Textpattern is a flexible, elegant and easy-to-use content management system. It is both free and open source.

When it comes to publishing on the internet, beginners and experts alike are met with a bothersome paradox: word processors and graphics applications allow anyone to do a pretty good job of managing text and images on a personal computer, but to make these available to the worldwide web – a seemingly similar environment of documents and destinations – ease of use vanishes behind sudden requirements for multilingual programming skills, proficiency in computer-based graphic design, and, ultimately, the patience of a saint.

9. b2evolution


b2evolution is a powerful blog tool you can install on your own website.

It includes all the features of traditional blog tools, and extends them with evolved features such as file & photo management, advanced skinning, multiple blogs support as well as detailed user permissions.

10. Eggblog


eggBlog is the free php & mysql blog software package, allowing you to create your own online website, journal or weblog (blog) using your own web-space. Powered by PHP and MySQL, eggBlog has a wide range of features including: easy to use web-based administration to add, edit and delete news articles, easy to use web-based configuration to manage your web site setting, WYSIWYG easy-to-use text editor for publishing or editing news articles, download themes to easily change the style, layout and colours of your site and more. Read more about in their site.

11. Zomplog


There are many great weblog systems around, but they all require technical knowledge from their users. Zomplog is different: it let’s you focus on content instead of code. Software should empower you to do great things, not stand in your way. Zomplog has been designed to be logical and easy to use for anyone, not just programmers. View more details here.

12. Subtext


Subtext is a personal blog publishing platform that focuses on usability, elegance, and simplicity, it is written in C# for the ASP.NET platform. If you’ve ever caught yourself throwing your hands in the air and declaring that you’re going to write your own blogging engine, then Subtext is for you.

13. BlogEngine.NET


BlogEngine.NET is an open source .NET blogging project that was born out of desire for a better blog platform. A blog platform with less complexity, easy customization, and one that takes advantage of the latest .NET features.

BlogEngine.NET was designed using the current .NET framework and focused on simplicity, ease of extendibility, and innovative features. With BlogEngine.NET, we hope to create the natural blog of choice for all .NET developers world wide.

14. TriptychBlog


TriptychBlog is an open source, Microsoft® 2.0 powered blog currently in development. Although not entirely complete, TriptychBlog still boasts some impressive features; while still being standards compliant, customizable and free.

TriptychBlog is powerful enough for corporate use, but still maintains an intuitive interface allowing anybody to create a personal blog.

15. Presstopia Blog


Presstopia Blog is a standalone, open source weblog application that runs on the ASP.NET platform. The software is 100% free of charge, and licensed under an Apache Open Source License. It includes all the features you need to run a great blog, without the clutter and clunkiness so often associated with other high-end blogging applications.

This is all I got. Drop me a comment if you have something to add in the list.

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  • EllisGL

    I thought b2Evolution was killed off. I guess it came back?

  • Arnel

    How about drupal ang Blogger?

  • مواضيع نت

    Thank you very much

  • d3ptzz

    nice review.. i’ve used wordpress for 4 years..

  • Jack

    This is useful and cool. Although we usually use WordPress, but some other platform will be select some day for perticular reasons.

  • insic2.0

    @Arnel Blogger is not opensource. And drupal? I think its mainly used as CMS :)

  • techie

    I’ve never know there are so much publishing tools out there…just know wordpress, blogger and movable type only..haha..thanks for the info…let me gain some new knowledge..

  • Sam

    Thanks for the list. I only know a few of them.

  • David

    Open source asp? cool! I have to check them. Thanks for the post

  • Belly

    Awesome list! But no one can replace WP. But its worth checking others. :)

  • neki chan

    thanks for the list ^^

  • tildemark

    OMG, you forgot Expression engine, wordpress mu, the new movable type called Motion.

    Movable type is powered using Perl and can host multiple blogs in one installation.

  • Directory marocplus

    very good
    thank you very much

  • Henrich

    Nice roundup, I check them out especially those in

  • Thiago Marano

    You could have talked about one Riby on Rails cms!

  • Pradeep CD

    Great list…thanks

  • Create a Website

    Looks like wordpress is always on the lead on every round-up.

    I have not heard of the others though. Thanks for the list!

  • hazelpress

    Maybe next time you can add HazelPress
    I made the script (and the site) a little over 1 week ago, already #2 in search results AND it has a lot of features
    just so you know…

  • Topics

    very good
    thank you very much

  • 2bnat

    Excellent post!! thanks for sharing =)


    WordPress is the best. Thanks for the list! Nice blog.

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  • Oyunlar1

    thank’s for sharing, great post!!

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  • ksharma

    very gooooooooooooooood!

  • jack

    I think I will not be bored with it ;-) .

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  • Sam

    Thanks, good list! My favorite was and now it is

  • Xavier

    I was searching for the list and i got it from here. Thanks…..:)

  • Handmade Jewelry

    No problem with lack of blogs platforms. We just need time to come up with ideas to write blogs.

  • medical devices

    I like the means by which you have presented the information so well. Thanks!

  • AbelBass

    I also never know there are so much publishing tools out there…just know WordPress, blogger and movable type only. But no one can replace WordPress. But its worth checking others.