A “lighter” alternative to the full version of WordPress is in development called FlatPress. FlatPress is in early development and NOT a full alternative to WordPress. It uses fewer server resources, works without interaction with a MySQL database, lacks the ability to use WordPress Themes and most WordPress Plugins, so it is not a WordPress version for everyone.
FlatPress works by storing post data in text files called “flat files”. The FlatPress site admits that this isn’t the best way to blog as “flat files are painfully SLOW”. Still, it’s an interesting twist on the WordPress platform and may work for those who want a very streamlined but slow version.
In a review in Italian on FlatPress, The Alternative to WordPress Without MySQL (Italian) (English Translation) by OSS Blog.it, FlatPress is described as (my edited version of the translation):
The main difference between WordPress and FlatPress is that FlatPress does not require MySQL in order to work. This feature benefits those who do not want to spend a lot of money for a hosted stie with a MySQL database, great for low cost hosting and saving money. The other characteristics that render this interesting blog engine are: the adhesion to xhtml 1,1, use of Smarty for the management of the graphical templates, the possibility to import post from SimplePHPBlog (other blog engine based on flat-rows).
FlatPress promotes that it will work with WordPress Plugins and Themes including Akismet, the comment spam fighter. It will also work with permalinks (pretty URLs), and a few other normal WordPress features, though, as clarified by the author, NoWhereMan, only the the “simplest” WordPress Plugins will work and WordPress Themes will not work. FlatPress uses the Smarty engine, but reports there are a few ported Themes on fpthemes.
Have you used it? What do you think?
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