I’m now in the process of leaving WordPress (gasp!), and searching for an alternative Blog CMS. I wanted to be more topic-focused with my blog/s, and WordPress cannot satisfy my two conditions:
- To create custom themes for each blog category; or,
- To easily administer multiple blogs in one installation.
I’ve dumped the first condition, on the fact that I have too many mixed categoried posts already. For the second, there is WordPress Multiuser Edition (WPMU), but theme support, and decent documentation is so lacking, I’d rather not bother.
So far, here are options I’ve tested:
Nucleus – http://www.nucleuscms.org/
PROS: Good enough admin interface, pretty blog skins
CONS: A bit heavy on space. Skins are usually half-a-meg in size.
BoastMachine – http://www.boastology.com/
PROS: Lightweight, built-in features such as spam filters, IP blocker, shoutbox
CONS: Limited templates, users/support. Newly created blogs will follow a global template/skin.
Drupal – http://www.drupal.org
CONS: In this day and age, I find it troublesome already to get into phpmyadmin to manually create a user and a database for a script, but that’s forgivable. Drupal requires you to do that, as well as to run a bunch of sql commands to set the tables. The much coveted multi-blog setup? The instructions go for more than six paragraphs, just on that topic. Pass!
There are proabably a handful more of CMS’s to test, but for now, I’m favoring Nucleus. If you can suggest any Blog CMS that meets my conditions, feel free to comment. Oh, I’m not so keen on importing entries from WordPress, since I’d like to start fresh 🙂