WordPress has become so dominant on the blog hosting scene that it is almost unheard of to even consider something else. After all it is free, open source and works well on both small blogs and large news sites. Nevertheless, there are some instances where it might be worth it to explore some alternatives. The following 4 blogging web applications are not WordPress, but they might still be useful.
1. Serendipity – This little blogging platform is great for an online diary, blog or even more. It might sound a little old school, but sometimes that is all you want. Based on PHP and supporting a decent plugin architecture, Serendipity is great for people who need something simple.
2. Drupal – If simple is not even in you vocabulary, you might try to tackle Drupal. In terms of power, it trumps most other content management systems (CMS), and it is fully extensible, allowing you to create one or even multiple blogging platforms and full-content websites. Like the others on the list, it is also free and open source.
3. LifeType – The claim to fame of LifeType is that it can support multiple blogs and users, making it ideal for community efforts, without the overhead that a Drupal installation might require. Free and open source, LifeType supports the standard blogging features you would expect like permalinks, pings and trackbacks.
4. FlatPress – No frills, no thrills, you might call this the economy car of blogging platforms. It is fully functional, but do not expect to be wowed. FlatPress saves your blog posts in simple text files. It does however, support advanced features like a plugin system, widget system, and themes. It might be easy to underestimate, but if you just need a blog, you really cannot go wrong with this.
WordPress is not the only blogger-friendly CMS on the block, but it is the most popular. Chances are, your web host offers one-click installation of WordPress, but you might check to see if any of the above apps or even others not mentioned here are also available. Depending on your needs, you might find one that actually works better for you.