Pivot vs. Wordpress vs. FlatPress vs. Serendipity vs. LifeType vs. DotClear

General Features Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Version
1.40.6
2.0.7
0.1010
1.1
1.2.6
2.1.3
Release Date
2008-07-13 (15 years ago)
2007-01-14 (17 years ago)
2009-01-23 (15 years ago)
2006-12-27 (17 years ago)
2008-01-31 (16 years ago)
2008-11-19 (15 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)
Author
Pivot Team
WordPress Development Team
NoWhereMan (Edoardo Vacchi) and FlatPress Team
Garvin Hicking, Jannis Hermanns et al
The LifeType Project
Olivier Meunier
URL
Free and Open Source
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
License
GPL
GPL
GPLv2
BSD
GPL
GPL v2
License Cost/ Fee
Free
0
Free
0
0
0
Development status
Mature
Mature
Beta
Mature
Mature
Mature
Interface Languages
0
0
0
0
0
0
Multi-User Support
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Site Deployment
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
System Requirements Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Programming Language
PHP 4.1.0, PHP 4.3 or above recommended
PHP
PHP4, compatible with 5
PHP
PHP
PHP 5
Operating System
Any
Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, others
Platform Independent
Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, others
Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X
Unix/Linux, Windows
Webserver
Any, Apache 1.3.x or 2.x recommended
Anything with PHP
Apache, works on IIS
Anything with PHP (Apache, Lighttpd, IIS)
Apache, IIS
Apache, Lighthttpd
Root Access
No
No
No
No
No
No
Other Requirements
Database (PostgreSQL, MySQL) or PHP5 (SQLite)
Datastorage Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Text Files
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
MySQL
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
PostgreSQL
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
Oracle
No
No
No
No
No
No
SQLite
No
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
BerkeleyDB
No
No
No
No
No
No
MS SQL Server
No
No
No
No
No
No
Other
XML-based flat file storage
None
New DB layers can be created easily, if the target DB supports ANSI-SQL
Anti-Spam Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Akismet Support
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Word Blacklist
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Yes
IP Ban List
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Yes
CAPTCHA
No
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Other Anti-Spam mechanisms
various other plugins
URL checks, Author name checks, remote HTML link checks,
BadBehaviour, DNS Blacklists, Built-in Bayesian filter, auto-closing comments for old posts, hidden fields in comment input form
Trackback validation
User Access Features Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
ACL
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audit Log
No
No
No
No
No
No
LDAP Authentication
No
No
Unknown
Plugin
No
Optional
Other Authentication
None
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
Extendable authentication API
Support Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Commercial Support
No
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
Online Help
http://www.pivotlog.net/docs/
http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page
http://www.flatpress.org/forums/
http://www.s9y.org/33.html
http://wiki.lifetype.net
http://dotclear.org/documentation/
Issue Tracker
http://forum.pivotlog.net/
http://trac.wordpress.org/
http://www.flatpress.org/forums/
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?atid=542822&group_id=75065&func=browse
http://bugs.lifetype.net
http://dev.dotclear.org/2.0
Books
None
5+
None
None
None
1
Support Forum
Mailing List
IRC-Channel
#dotclear on freenode
Blogging Features Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Categorization
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple
Multiple
Single
Single
Tags
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Archiving
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trackback
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
Pingback
No
Send+Receive
Send+Receive
No
No
Ping Service Support
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Optional
Yes
Link- / Blogroll
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Protected Posts
No
Yes
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Blog by Email
Yes
Yes
Unknown
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Blog by SMS/MMS
Yes
Unknown
Unknown
No
Plugin
Plugin
Blog API
MetaWeblog, Moblog
metaWeblog, MovableType
WordPress (plugin)
MovableType, Blogger
Atom, Blogger XMLRPC, metaWeblog, Movable Type
WordPress, MovableType, metaWeblog, Blogger
Post Editing Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Multi-paged posts
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
Spell Checker
Yes
Yes
No
Plugin
No
No
WYSIWYG Editor
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Optional
Yes
Yes
Undo
No
No
Unknown
Optional
Yes
No
Syntax Highlighting
No
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
No
File Upload
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Asset Management
Yes
Plugin
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Emoticon Images
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Optional
Comment Features Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Comment Layout
Flat
Flat
Flat
Threaded
Threaded
Flat
Feeds for Comments
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
E-Mail on Followup
Unknown
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Gravatars
Unknown
Plugin
Patch
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Open-ID Support
None
None
Client
Extended Features Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Plugin System
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Photo Gallery
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Polls / Surveys
Unknown
Plugin
Unknown
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Search Engine
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Custom Pages
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Google Sitemap
Unknown
Plugin
Patch
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Workflow Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Content Approval
Yes
No
Yes
Optional
Plugin
Yes
Versioning
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Article Publishing
scheduled
simple
simple
scheduled
scheduled
scheduled
Comment Moderation Queue
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Interoperability Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Content Import
from 22 other blog systems
SimplePHPBlog (native, almost), CuteNews, WordPress
WordPress, Textpattern, Moveable Type, bblog, ...
Content Export
Wordpress Extended2.jawwormikXML
SimplePHPBlog (native, almost), WordPress
Dump to RSS, Database export
Unicode Support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WebDAV Support
Unknown
Unknown
Unknown
No
No
No
HTML Output
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.0 Transitional
XHTML 1.0 Strict
XHTML 1.1
XHTML 1.0 Strict
XHTML 1.0 Strict
Friendly URLs
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Administration Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
E-Mail Notifications
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Themes / Skins
Unknown
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Trash
No
No
No
No
Yes
No
Web Statistics
Unknown
Plugin
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Plugin
Web-based Style / Template Management
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Comment Administration
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Syndication Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
RSS 0.9x
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
RSS 1.0
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
RSS 2.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
ATOM 0.3
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
ATOM 1.0
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Podcasting/Videocasting Pivot Wordpress FlatPress Serendipity LifeType DotClear
Podcast Feeds
Unknown
Yes
Plugin
Plugin
Yes
Yes
ID3-Tag Editor
Unknown
No
Unknown
Yes
No
No
YouTube Support
Unknown
No
Yes
Plugin
Yes
Yes
Media Converter
Unknown
No
Unknown
No
No
No
Phone2Podcast Support
Unknown
No
Unknown
Plugin
No
No
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