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boringskip wrote

WordPress is open source, what problems are you having? Noblogs is used by a lot of radicals, but it uses WordPress too.

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fungus wrote

I'm just looking at a better alternative - if it exists. If it doesn't, then I'll just use Wordpress for my blog.

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hillbillygothic wrote

What would make an alternative better? It is difficult to say if anything would be better for you if we don't know what you're looking for. Would you prefer to work with static pages instead of messing around with a database? Do you want something lighter weight than Wordpress that will run on a cheap VPS? Do you believe http was a mistake and need something that works with gopher?

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josefStallman wrote

Yeah, Wordpress is free as in freedom and free as in beer. If you don't want your stuff hosted on a remote server, it's incredibly easy to host your own. I've never heard of anyone having any major problems with Wordpress, aside from just the aesthetic.

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jadedctrl wrote

Wordpress is quite nice, but it's a tad bloated and annoying. If you're hosting your own server and don't mind using the terminal a bit, I'd highly recommend swx. I use it for basically every site I host.

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DissidentRage wrote

Yeah swx seems nice.

But I have to assert that WordPress is not nice and is more than a tad bloated. If you need to do something outside the scope of the WordPress team's imagination (not hard) you have to grapple with a vertically-oriented data model where it gets incrementally slower every time you add more functionality (when it's already 5x slower than anything else), and you also have to take the view that everything is a "post" or an index of them, which makes maintaining the site cumbersome and restrictive.

Under the hood the code is mangled 10+ year-old procedural code intermixed with poorly-written "object-oriented" code, and it doesn't play nice with modern design paradigms. This means you're dependent on a closed market of plugins that are equally badly-written and easily-hacked within a few months of being released, which is exacerbated by how often they are abandoned by their developers. This is on top of how easy and often it is for the core WordPress application to get hacked in the first place, especially if you go without updating for any amount of time - which you will after a certain point, because those plugins you had to have stopped being updated to support the newest version of WordPress, so you will have to decide on keeping your site secure or keeping it functional.

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libre_dev wrote

Static site generators is where it's at, OP. I've had success with Pelican. It supports Atom and RSS so people can subscribe to your blog. Plus you don't need to have security worrisome things like PHP installed on your server

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mglaman wrote

So you are just looking for a hosting platform that is WordPress but not WordPress.com? One alternative could be using GitHub pages and running a blog built on Jekyll.

But as far as I know of, WP.com is the only hosting service using an open source platform. The one which ran Drupal (Drupal Gardens) was sunset some time ago.

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161 wrote (edited )

could github work in place of noblogs? say if you wanted to write a blog for your anarchist local

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mglaman wrote

Yeah. Check this out: https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2014/08/build-blog-jekyll-github-pages/

It'd be great to see Leftist things rely less on Reddit/Facebook/etc. More on tools like GitHub (yeah, still private) or GitLab. Just because it can be decentralized, archived, and use PGP keys to prove identity.

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161 wrote

Agreed. Reddit isn't too bad (you can sign up with Tor and a throwaway email no prob) but Facebook is the fucking devil. What any leftist is doing on there I don't know