light weight blog software

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  1. anonmars macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I am interested in running a blog out of my home directory on a Linux system (I don't have root or sudo or anything). Are there any good light weight options out there for doing this? I was thinking something php-based that used an sqlite database for storing the content. Would this even work?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Kelon macrumors member

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    No one has answered so I'll have a go. http://thingamablog.sourceforge.net/index.html Doesn't require a blog account anywhere, doesn't use the api - don't know what the implications of that are. Don't know if this is what you're after - a cursory glance just now at the site says it's Linux too. It's basic, basic and then basic..... unless things have moved on since I dallied with it. I didn't take it on because I wasn't entirely convinced I wanted a blog... Hope that helps.
     
  3. whatsgooddan macrumors member

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    sure it could work! you are running linux, so you probably already know about the security concerns of running a web server using your home computer.

    do you plan on running apache? of course, there are more lightweight options like lighthttpd or nginx. i think you will have to run php as fastcgi on either of the latter webservers.

    why exactly do you need php or a database? if you want real speed and light memory usage, set up nginx to serve static files.
     
  4. anonmars thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replies! Though they both suggest serving static pages. I was hoping for something a little more dynamic (hence the db: integrated comments, polls, etc). Also, it's not my home computer. It's a computer that's on 24/7 and gives me a public_html directory.

    I was hoping there was some light weight blogging framework out there (doesn't have to be php or sqlite) that would do the trick -- maybe there's not, maybe it's not even possible. If it's not possible to have something like I'm talking about, why not?
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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  6. Kelon macrumors member

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    Things have come on a way since I was looking for something "light weight" and by "light weight" I was meaning really basic, raw.. which Thingamablog is. If the 'blog's are not fitting the bill, think CMS. There's lots of sophisticated "light weight" CMS out there. Blogging is really just CMS and there's loads of it. The two words (CMS and Blogging) in many ways could be thought of as the same thing.

    Go knock yourself out with a CMS open source - loadsa the stuff. Style/skin it as a blog - sorted.
    http://php.opensourcecms.com/scripts/show.php?catid=9&cat=Lite All the best.
     
  7. whatsgooddan macrumors member

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    is there a web server installed on the linux system?

    if so, you can use the system web server to serve the blog. your public_html folder should be able to be accessed by http://192.168.1.1/~username (where 192.168.1.1 is your WAN IP address and username is your linux username.

    If this works, see if a PHP file works. Make a file with
    PHP:
    <?php phpinfo(); ?>
    and see if it shows you the PHP info. If PHP is installed, it will show you all of the features available to you, including whether MySQL or SQLlite is available.

    If not, you will have to compile your own webserver from your home folder if you are able to. Again, lighthttpd or nginx with PHP through fastcgi would be ideal.

    If they have this, you can use one of the typical blog software like wordpress. A simple google search has also showed me "chyrp"... I like textpattern which can be used as a blog if you'd like.

    If you decide you want a blog without the fuss, try tumblr.com or wordpress.com. You may also use Blogger.com and have it publish to your own home server (provided you have FTP access). Blogger will give you static files.
     

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