Feature List

General FeaturesSerendipity Details
Version 1.1
Release Date 2006-12-28
Author Garvin Hicking, Jannis Hermanns et al
URL www.s9y.org
Free and Open Source Yes
License BSD
License Cost/ Fee 0
Development status Mature
Interface Languages English, German, Danish, French and many more
Multi-User Support Yes
Multi-Site Deployment Yes
System RequirementsSerendipity Details
Programming Language PHP
Operating System Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix, others
Webserver Anything with PHP (Apache, Lighttpd, IIS)
Root Access No
Other Requirements Database (PostgreSQL, MySQL) or PHP5 (SQLite)
DatastorageSerendipity Details
Text Files No
PostgreSQL Yes
Oracle No
SQLite Yes
BerkeleyDB No
MS SQL Server No
Other New DB layers can be created easily, if the target DB supports ANSI-SQL
Anti-SpamSerendipity Details
Akismet Support Yes
Word Blacklist Yes
IP Ban List Yes
Other Anti-Spam mechanisms URL checks, Author name checks, remote HTML link checks,
User Access FeaturesSerendipity Details
Audit Log No
LDAP Authentication Plugin
Other Authentication  
SupportSerendipity Details
Commercial Support Yes
Online Help www.s9y.org
Issue Tracker sourceforge.net
Books None
Support Forum board.s9y.org
Mailing List lists.sourceforge.net
IRC-Channel www.s9y.org
Blogging FeaturesSerendipity Details
Categorization Multiple
Tags Plugin
Archiving Yes
Trackback Send+Receive
Pingback Send+Receive
Ping Service Support Yes
Link- / Blogroll Plugin
Protected Posts Yes
Blog by Email Plugin
Blog by SMS/MMS No
Blog API MovableType, Blogger
Post EditingSerendipity Details
Multi-paged posts Yes
Spell Checker Plugin
WYSIWYG Editor Optional
Undo Optional
Syntax Highlighting Plugin
File Upload Yes
Asset Management Yes
Emoticon Images Yes
Comment FeaturesSerendipity Details
Comment Layout Threaded
Feeds for Comments Yes
E-Mail on Followup Yes
Gravatars Plugin
Open-ID Support None
Extended FeaturesSerendipity Details
Plugin System Yes
Photo Gallery Yes
Polls / Surveys Plugin
Search Engine Yes
Custom Pages Plugin
Google Sitemap Plugin
WorkflowSerendipity Details
Content Approval Optional
Versioning Yes
Article Publishing scheduled
Comment Moderation Queue Yes
InteroperabilitySerendipity Details
Content Import WordPress, Textpattern, Moveable Type, bblog, ...
Content Export Dump to RSS, Database export
Unicode Support Yes
WebDAV Support No
HTML Output XHTML 1.1
Friendly URLs Yes
AdministrationSerendipity Details
E-Mail Notifications Yes
Themes / Skins Yes
Trash No
Web Statistics Plugin
Web-based Style / Template Management Yes
Comment Administration Yes
SyndicationSerendipity Details
RSS 0.9x Yes
RSS 1.0 Yes
RSS 2.0 Yes
ATOM 0.3 Yes
ATOM 1.0 Yes
Podcasting/VideocastingSerendipity Details
Podcast Feeds Plugin
ID3-Tag Editor Yes
YouTube Support Plugin
Media Converter No
Phone2Podcast Support Plugin


Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications.

More info may be available in the Docs-Wiki


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