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Flat File Blog and CMS alternatives to WordPress blogs

Posted on: June 10, 2009

There is no doubt about what is the best blog system: WordPress.
There are other good cms systems, like Joomla and Drupal, but all have a thing in common: they need a sql database to save content.

If you cannot afford this, or prefer a simpler solution (with their own problems, like the possibility of data corruption) here are some wordpress alternatives that use flat file database support:

http://www.flatpress.org
http://pivotx.net
http://cutephp.com
http://www.simplephpblog.com
http://phpwebsite.appstate.edu
http://razorcms.co.uk

also interesting:
http://www.pixelpost.org

There is a try to port wordpress here:
http://ninjadesigns.co.uk

Even so I wished the WordPress team could have and maintain a simpler
version of wordpress, for those who don’t need to have too much information and where flat files are an option… maybe someday…

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4 Responses to "Flat File Blog and CMS alternatives to WordPress blogs"

“with their own problems, like the possibility of data corruption”

what is this statement supposed to say, that flat file storage is more prone to corruption than an sql database???

if so, then statement is very misleading, as it’s simply not true, there are no fundamental benefits of sql databases over flat file other than scalability.

databases handle large amounts better and with more speed than large amounts of flat files, this is the only real difference, otherwise they both have pro’s and con’s.

for small to medium sized site’s up to several hundred pages, flat files are just as quick if not quicker than a database due to to not needing a database connection.

for small to medium sites, flat files are a very good advantage that should be considered.

Thanks for such a nice list of blog CMS. I am using X-Cart over my website and I was looking for some blogging solution. I found Word Press could be hacked and that might lead to disturbance of other parts of website outside word press. So I was looking for something that would operate Independent of MYSQL but would give enough functionality to run a nice blog. Your list has given me everything I was looking for.

Thanks for your effort and sharing!

Hello Paul,

I meant when you have more than one user updating the same flat-text file, if you don’t have a good data protection system you could have a problem in your hands. I saw that happen with some forum systems, they were heavy on resources and prone to problems…

I’m not a sql zealot, much on the contrary! I would love to have a good flat-file system, and I’m looking for it as you could see from this post.

Hi Salman,

Thank you, I think that even being 1 year old this list is still useful!

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  • tweat: Hi Salman, Thank you, I think that even being 1 year old this list is still useful!
  • tweat: Hello Paul, I meant when you have more than one user updating the same flat-text file, if you don't have a good data protection system you could ha
  • Salman Ali: Thanks for such a nice list of blog CMS. I am using X-Cart over my website and I was looking for some blogging solution. I found Word Press could be h

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