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Serendipity is tailored for the Apache Webserver. However, people are successfully running Serendipity with Microsoft IIS and Lighttpd. When using Serendipity on Windows servers, pay attention to always enter path references using forward slashes (’/’) instead of the notation using backslaches („C:\...\“).
For full operation, Serendipity relies on .htaccess files that your Virtual Host? must allow. For Apache, this requires the „Allow Override? File Info? Indexes Limit“ (or „Allow Override? All“) option set to the directory of your Serendipity installation.
Serendipity requires PHP >= 4.3.0 and fully enabled and working Cookie Session support. It requires the PCRE extension, and optionally makes use of the GD, iconv, zlib and mbstring extensions. Serendipity is fully PHP 5.x compatible and encourages the use of PHP bytecode compilers like APC, Zend Cache? or ionCube.
When operating Serendipity in PHP’s Safe Mode?, you will not be able to use File Upload and SPARTACUS Plugin fetching facilities. Enabling error_reporting and display_errors (or directing this to a logfile) is suggested to keep track of possible errors. The file_uploads directory should be turned ON if you want to have media file upload features. For graphic processing, you either require GDLib or Image Magick?.
It is very much suggested to DISABLE the register_globals, session.use_trans_sid and magic_quotes_* directives of PHP.
You require at least one of the following Database Extensions and a Database Server of the same kind: MySQL(i), PostgreSQL, SQLite.
- Simple. Designed for users of all technical levels.
- Robust Editing Interface. Featuring an (optional) WSYISWG editor, easily browsable image manager, extended entry support, entries statistics and a host of other features.
- Threaded comments, Nested categories and posting to multiple categories are supported.
- Anti-Spam / Comment moderation. Through use of a (bundled) plugin you can enable CAPTCHAs, SURBL-blacklisting, automatted comment moderation based on the content of a comment. Highly configurable.
- Support for XML-RPC Editing. Support for both the Movable Type? and Blogger XML-RPC APIs.
- Dynamic. You don’t need to constantly wait while your weblogging system regenerates pages. Caching is dynamically managed, so you don’t need to worry about it when publishing your weblog. Optional advanced URL rewriting rules and customizable permalinks are available.
- Trackback and Pingback. Serendipity can accept, send and autodiscover trackbacks and pingbacks. Of course you can also ping common weblog services like technorati, blo.gs, blogger, yahoo and blogg.de.
- Plugins. A robust plugin system allows you to modify Serendipity without digging through the core source code. Sidebar plugins allow easy customization of your blog with dozens of features. Event plugins are a powerful method of method callbacks, which can hook in into any place in s9y to make it one of the most flexible APIs available. Our online repository (Spartacus) supports adding plugins within a few mouseclicks and no manual file up/downloading! Powerful plugins exist for maintaining static page content, displaying galleries, making rss aggregators, ldap authentication, customized template view, multilingual content and much more.
- Multiple Databases. Serendipity supports MySQL(i), PostgreSQL and SQLlite database backends.
- Multiple Users. Multiple users can edit and administrate the weblog. A free permission setup can tell which user is allowed to do what.
- Internationalized. Serendipity is available in English, German, Danish, French and many more, and adding new translations is a snap.
- Skinable. Templates can easily be added by the magic of CSS. Several templates are included by default. Even visitors of your blog are able to change the layout on-the-fly if you use the template-dropdown plugin. For the advanced user, the full flexibility of the Smarty templating engine allows to change every aspect of the Serendipity look.
- Open Source. Serendipity is licensed under the BSD License.
- Standards Compliant. Serendipity supports XHTML 1.1, CSS 2.0, RSS 0.93, 1.0, and 2.0, Atom 0.3 and 1.0. Supports conditional GET for caching RSS feeds on the client-side. It also supports UTF-8 environments.
- Shared library. You can use Serendipity as a single installation to serve multiple and independent weblogs, but only maintaining a single codebase.
- Easy Upgrading. An easy and automatic upgrader helps you in the process of upgrading between Serendipity versions (starting with version 0.5).
- Flexible Input/Output. Choose between HTML, Textile, Wiki, BBCode and a boast of other markups. For both users and your editors!
- PHP-powered to fulfill the needs of ever-growing PHP-enabled websites and easy integration with support of embedding Serendipity into your webpage.
- Actively maintained by some skilled and open-minded developers who enjoy the touch to the actual user and give support on the Forums as well as listen to every new user suggestion.
Why is Serendipity better than ...
First off, choosing the right weblog tool is like choosing your religion. You should be wise in your requirements and where your focus lies.
Serendipity is aimed to make everything possible you ever wish for. It is technically up to par to other well-known weblog scripts like Moveable Type or Wordpress.
- Easy plugin integration. No hacks, no problems during upgrades, good compatibility and a central plugin repository. Enhance flexibility without the need to touch any core files.
- BSD-licensed, Wordpress is only GPL. That means, you can use Serendipity to power your commercial applications or sites without any issues. Of course, the Serendipity team still likes to get credited where credit is due. ;-)
- Supports a well-known and flexible templating system, the Smarty Framework. No PHP knowledge is required, and its a good established standard for templating.
- Cool plugins that behave well with the Core, like Multilingual Entries, an aggregator plugin and a flickr-like tagging infrastructure.
- Multiple DB support speaks for itself.
- Good PHP code style. Open and responsible release management, covering fast security updates.
- A great plus for Serendipity: BSD-Licensing. PHP instead of PERL, which often is harder to get on shared servers. Also, PHP tends to be better suitable for the web than Perl.
- Easy and extensible plugin API.
- Online Plugin repository.
- Responsive and caring Open Source community instead of the interests of a large company.