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January 09, 2011    
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  • Windows Server
  • Linux Server

b2evolution is a Content Management System Software (Open Source) for Linux/Windows servers with PHP support created by François Planque.

b2evolution Summary

B2evolution is a Content Management System software made for four types of people: amateur bloggers, average bloggers, advanced bloggers and IT professionals.

B2evolution runs right on the user’s website, giving users the ability to get their own domain and at the same time create blog posts in a quick, simple way. B2evolution is a weblog tool that does not only allow users publish their own blogs, but publish newsfeeds and photo streams as well. It is a free CMS tool that runs in virtually all web host services.

B2evolution Features

B2evolution has all features found in conventional blog tools. However, the developers have extended this software with new useful features like file management, photo management, and support for multiple blogs, advanced skinning plus detailed permissions for users.

Its Multiple Blogs feature lets users create blog posts that can live on various web pages, different folders, or different domains. Useful add-ons include Moblogs, Linkblogs, Brogrolls and Photoblogs, which users can install without any effort.

B2evolution allows blogs to have multiple users or authors who can read, moderate, write posts, or even customize with permissions. Administrators can have a detailed and complete permission management to allow authors do these things.

With b2evolution, users do not have to install RSS readers, stat counters, etc. This CMS has built in stat counters, RSS readers and all the settings needed in a blog. B2evolution also has integrated keyword search and user login, which can be very useful for administrators.

Added features include AntiSpam Deluxe, which is a combination of antispam measures that include permitting the community to blacklist, in order to block spammy comments and other referrer spam.

Since skins or layouts are very important in keeping a blog look great, b2evolution offers skins or layouts that users can download and install. Additionally, its plugin framework is so advanced, that it can allow users extend any application accordingly. If the user does not want to use an extended feature, a prebuilt plugin can also be installed.

With b2evolution, users can subdivide blog categories or sub-categories in order to organize blog posts according to subject. Users are allowed to assign multiple categories on each post. Plus, users can also cross-post blog posts on multiple blogs simultaneously.

For localization and internationalization, b2evolution comes in a number of language packs. There is also a localization toolkit for easy localization of languages that are not found in the menu. B2evolution also has a built in XHTML checker, which lets users validate contents before posting them. Aside from this, it is also compliant with W3C standards.

With b2evolution, users have a True Workflow experience. For instance, contributors are allowed to post drafts and assign editor for the articles’ approval. Administrator has all the rights to customize this workflow; all permissions are set by administrators.

B2evolution is easy to install and easy to upgrade as well. Users basically need to provide the software a MySQL database name to get started. Upgrades and customizations require only simple steps.

B2evolution User Interface

B2evolution’s user interface is very simple to use. Its login page is labeled accurately and the software allows easy ALT tag input. It has logical tab orders that come in a steady format. The text editors are accessible and come with good access to keyboard. Additionally, with this CMS, websites are accessible using just plain keyboard (without mouse at all!).

B2evolution Review

IT Professionals can benefit well using this medium-scale software that allows full blog features, content separation. Full-fledged user management, complete internationalization, management of workflow, and ability to extend features received from Wikis and Trackers and some CMSs that are hierarchy driven.

This Content Management System software has all the traditional features found in most blogging programs, but it is a bit tricky for newbies to use. Yes, it does not require programming knowledge if a user simply needs to post something online. But if a customization is required, the user needs to have at least a basic knowledge in PHP language. Overall, this is quite a straightforward CMS and users can find most b2evolution features really useful.

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