What is B2Evolution?
B2evolution is a multi-lingual, multi-user, multi-blog publishing system written in PHP and backed by a MySQL database. It is distributed under the GNU General Public License and is available without charge. François Planque forked b2evolution from version 0.6.1 of b2/ cafe log in 2003. A more widely-known fork of b2/ cafe log is Wordpress.
Whilst there are a few exceptions; most of the major new releases are named after famous cities or particular places the project maintainer has been and/or inspired from.
You type something in a form and hit "post this"; in the next second it's on your website.
Your posts are automatically arranged by date and category into a skin/ theme that you can chose (and customize if you wish to do so).
Readers of your website can then leave comments which will appear below your post. They can also browse through the archives and use advanced search capabilities.
Unlike online blog tools like blogger.com, b2evolution runs on your very own domain and website. You can install it as an extension to a website you already own.
Or, if you don't have your own website yet, you may get one from a webhosting company. Webhosts in our selection will allow you to easily choose your own domain name, set up your website and automatically install b2evolution so that you can start blogging on your own site in a matter of minutes. They will also offer phone support if needed, most often 24x7
2. For Average Bloggers
B2evolution is an advanced weblog tool, i.e. software allowing you to run your own blogs, newsfeeds or even photo streams.
It does basically the same thing blogger or type pad does, but with two main differences:
It's free as free can be! (GNU General Public License)
It runs on your own domain/website. That means you need a host which can run web applications written in PHP. See requirements. You can also find such hosts for free. However for best performance we recommend a few cheap web hosting solutions as well as quality web hosting solutions.
Install b2evolution once and use it for 2, 3, 10, 100 or even 1000 blogs at the same time. Each blog can live on a different page, in a different folder, or on a different domain... or you could also choose to display several blogs on the same page. Photo blogs, mob logs, link blogs, blog rolls can be added in a snap.
Install b2evolution once at the root of you web hosting plan, set up as many "alias domains" as your web host allows you to, and let b2evolution take care of running a different blog/site on every domain.
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Multiple Users and Authors
Any user can be given permissions to read, write, moderate or fully customize any number of blogs. Complete and detailed permission management is included.
B2evo will show you activity graphs for each blog, including robots, RSS readers and browser hits broken down by referrers, searches, direct accesses, self-referred, etc. Also includes search keywords, user logins and more.
Anti Spam Deluxe
Effective combination of active and passive anti spam measures — including a community shared blacklist — to block comment and referrer spam.
Skins do not only determine how your blog looks but also how they behave: traditional blog, knowledge base, bug tracker. Additional skins can be easily downloaded and installed.
B2evo's advanced plug-in framework allows you to extend the application with virtually any feature you may need... or simply install prebuilt plug-ins provided by the community.
Each blog can be sub-divided into categories and sub-categories to organize your posts by subject or theme. Posts can be assigned multiple categories, but even more: if you wish posts can be cross-posted among multiple blogs at once.
Localized in Several Languages
Many languages packs are available for download. If you can't find your language, use the localization toolkit to easily localize b2evo to your language.
Web Standards Compliance
B2evo is so W3C standards compliant that it is used by the W3C itself! Additionally, b2evo has an integrated XHTML checker that lets you validate any new content before you post it.
For example: submitters can post drafts, then assign them to an editor who in turn may assign them to reviewers for final approval and publication on the site. Actual workflow, permissions and statuses are all up to you.
Easy Install and Upgrade
B2evolution's installer will take care of almost everything. Basically, you only need to give it the name of a MySQL database and you're set. Upgrading is equally simple. Only heavy customizations may require special care when upgrading.
3. For Advanced Bloggers
You could compare b2evolution to Movable Type, except b2evo runs on the very common PHP/ mySQL platform, which allows it to run easily on almost any web hosting service!
B2evolution also generates web pages dynamically from the MySQL database, so no clumsy 'rebuilding' is involved. It also means faster search/display capabilities, and the ability to serve your posts/news in different 'templates' or 'skins' without any hassle.
B2evo is probably the most comprehensive blog engine you could find, with a unique set of features including:
- Simple installation
- Multiple blog support
- Multiple user support
- Multiple skin support
- Localized in many languages
- Multilingual blogging
- Web standards compliance with integrated XHTML checker
- Clean search engine friendly permalinks
- Advanced user permission management
- Private/ protected posts
- Open/ closed/ disabled comments
- Trackback & feedback
- Integrated hit logs and stats
- Robust anti spam features (referrer & comments)
- Plug-in architecture
- Advanced rendering plug-ins (Textile, Auto-P, BBcode...)