dasBlog vs. LifeType vs. Loudblog vs. Movable Type vs. NucleusCMS vs. Pivot vs. Serendipity

General Features dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Version
2.0 (2.0.7226.0)
1.2.6
0.6
4.21
3.24
1.40.6
1.1
Release Date
2007-08-13 (16 years ago)
2008-01-31 (16 years ago)
2006-12-08 (17 years ago)
2008-08-20 (15 years ago)
2006-11-10 (17 years ago)
2008-07-13 (16 years ago)
2006-12-27 (17 years ago)
Last Update here
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
2020-02-05 (4 years ago)
Author
Clemens Vasters/Scott Hanselman/Team
The LifeType Project
Gerrit van Aaken
Six Apart
Wouter Demuynck and others
Pivot Team
Garvin Hicking, Jannis Hermanns et al
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
BSD License
GPL
GPL
GPL
GPL
GPL
BSD
License Cost/ Fee
Free
0
0
$0
free
Free
0
Development status
Mature
Mature
Beta
Mature
Mature
Mature
Mature
Interface Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Multi-User Support
Optional
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Site Deployment
Optional
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
System Requirements dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Programming Language
asp.net 2.0
PHP
PHP
Perl 5
PHP
PHP 4.1.0, PHP 4.3 or above recommended
PHP
Operating System
Any Windows IIS platform
Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X
all
Platform Independant
Linux, Windows, UNIX
Any
Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, others
Webserver
IIS 4.0+
Apache, IIS
Apache, IIS
Apache, Microsoft IIS, and cgi friendly webserver
Apache with PHP
Any, Apache 1.3.x or 2.x recommended
Anything with PHP (Apache, Lighttpd, IIS)
Root Access
No
No
No
No
No
No
No
Other Requirements
IIS process account write access to web folder
Database (PostgreSQL, MySQL) or PHP5 (SQLite)
Datastorage dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Text Files
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
MySQL
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
PostgreSQL
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Oracle
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
SQLite
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
BerkeleyDB
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
MS SQL Server
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Other
Structured XML data store
LDAP, Oracle and SQL Server available with Enterprise license
XML-based flat file storage
New DB layers can be created easily, if the target DB supports ANSI-SQL
Anti-Spam dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Akismet Support
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Word Blacklist
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
IP Ban List
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
CAPTCHA
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Other Anti-Spam mechanisms
BadBehaviour, DNS Blacklists, Built-in Bayesian filter, auto-closing comments for old posts, hidden fields in comment input form
Definable Questions
Numerous plugins provide complete solution
SpamBayes, MBL
URL checks, Author name checks, remote HTML link checks,
User Access Features dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
ACL
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
Audit Log
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
LDAP Authentication
Unknown
No
Unknown
Optional
No
No
Plugin
Other Authentication
Vista CardSpace pending
The so-called "user data providers" allow LifeType to access user data from other sources transparently, be it an external application or an LDAP or ActiveDirectory directory
Pluggable
Support dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Commercial Support
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Yes
Online Help
http://dasblog.info/
http://wiki.lifetype.net
http://loudblog.de/index.php?s=manual
http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/support/
http://faq.nucleuscms.org/
http://www.pivotlog.net/docs/
http://www.s9y.org/33.html
Issue Tracker
http://sourceforge.net/projects/dasblogce
http://bugs.lifetype.net
http://bugs.movabletype.org/
http://dev.nucleuscms.org/tracker/
http://forum.pivotlog.net/
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=542822&group_id=75065&func=browse
Books
None
None
None
2-5
1
None
None
Support Forum
Mailing List
IRC-Channel
#movabletype @ freenode.net
Blogging Features dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Categorization
Multiple
Single
Multiple
Multiple
Single
Multiple
Multiple
Tags
Yes
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Archiving
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trackback
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
No
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Pingback
Send+Receive
No
No
Receive
No
No
Send+Receive
Ping Service Support
Yes
Optional
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Link- / Blogroll
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Protected Posts
No
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Blog by Email
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Blog by SMS/MMS
No
Plugin
No
No
Plugin
Yes
No
Blog API
metaWeblog API / Blogger XML-RPC API
Atom, Blogger XMLRPC, metaWeblog, Movable Type
none
XML-RPC and Atom
Blogger, metaWeblog and MovableType XML-RPC API
MetaWeblog, Moblog
MovableType, Blogger
Post Editing dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Multi-paged posts
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Spell Checker
No
No
No
No
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Undo
No
Yes
No
No
No
No
Optional
Syntax Highlighting
Plugin
Plugin
No
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
File Upload
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Asset Management
No
Yes
No
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Emoticon Images
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
Comment Features dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Comment Layout
Flat
Threaded
Flat
Threaded
Flat
Flat
Threaded
Feeds for Comments
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
E-Mail on Followup
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
Gravatars
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
Open-ID Support
None
Client
None
Client + Server
None
None
None
Extended Features dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Plugin System
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Photo Gallery
No
Yes
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Polls / Surveys
No
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
Search Engine
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Custom Pages
Patch
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
Google Sitemap
Yes
Plugin
No
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
Workflow dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Content Approval
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Optional
Versioning
No
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Article Publishing
scheduled
scheduled
scheduled
scheduled
scheduled
scheduled
scheduled
Comment Moderation Queue
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Interoperability dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Content Import
BlogML pending
none
Greymatter, NewsPro, Blogger.com, own format, WordPress WXR
yes
WordPress, Textpattern, Moveable Type, bblog, ...
Content Export
BlogML pending
via RSS
Yes
backup to SQL
Dump to RSS, Database export
Unicode Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WebDAV Support
No
No
Yes
No
No
Unknown
No
HTML Output
HTML 4
XHTML 1.0 Strict
XHTML 1.0 Strict
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.0 Strict
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.1
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Administration dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
E-Mail Notifications
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Themes / Skins
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Trash
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Web Statistics
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
Web-based Style / Template Management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comment Administration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Syndication dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
RSS 0.9x
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RSS 1.0
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RSS 2.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ATOM 0.3
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ATOM 1.0
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Podcasting/Videocasting dasBlog LifeType Loudblog Movable Type NucleusCMS Pivot Serendipity
Podcast Feeds
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
ID3-Tag Editor
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Unknown
Yes
YouTube Support
No
Yes
No
Plugin
No
Unknown
Plugin
Media Converter
No
No
No
No
No
Unknown
No
Phone2Podcast Support
No
No
No
No
No
Unknown
Plugin
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