Serendipity (software)

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Serendipity's official blog
Developer(s) Serendipity Developer Team
Stable release 1.4.1 / 16 January 2009
Type content management system
License BSD license
Website Serendipity

Serendipity is a PHP based blog and web-based content management system. It is available under a BSD license. It supports PostgreSQL, MySQL, and SQLite database backends, the Smarty template engine, and a plugin architecture for user contributed modifications.

The latest release of Serendipity is version 1.4.1. It was released on 16 January 2009 under the BSD license.



Serendipity's sophisticated plugin architecture allows users to easily modify both the appearance of the blog and its features.

Serendipity's SPARTACUS plugin automatically checks the central repository for plugins/templates upgrades and new functionality whenever user check the list. User can install more than 120 plugins, instantly enhancing their blogs' functionality.

For advanced users, Serendipity's Smarty templates for combines simplicity with well-documented web standards. It makes minor modifications trivial, but provides the power to unleash users' creativity.

  • WYSIWYG and HTML editing
  • Built-in, powerful media database
  • Multiple authors, configurable permission/usergroup system
  • Threaded comments, nested categories, post to multiple categories
  • Multiple languages (internationalization)
  • Online plugin and template repository for easy plug-and-play installation
  • Easy drag-and-drop sidebar plugins organization
  • Category-based sub-blogs
  • Static Pages
  • Podcasting
  • RSS planet/aggregator
  • Robust spam blocking
  • Tag support
  • One-click upgrading from any version
  • Can be embedded into your existing web pages
  • Standards-compliant templating through Smarty
  • Remote blogging via XML-RPC
  • BSD-style licensing
  • Multiple Database support (SQLite, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MySQLi)
  • Shared installations can power multiple blogs from just one codebase
  • Native import from earlier blog applications (WordPress, Textpattern, Moveable Type, bblog, etc.)
  • Search engine-friendly permalink structure
  • TrackBack and Pingback

Book Publishing

Template:Infobox SW Books The first book about Serendipity is going to be published by OpenSourcePress: Serendipity - Individuelle Weblogs für Einsteiger und Profis.

It's going to be in German and will be written by Garvin Hicking. The book will be translated to English shortly after the German version is published.

The book is scheduled for the beginning of 2008 and will cover every aspect of Serendipity, for both newbies and developers.

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