For those who are very much into blogging, there is good news. A new, free and open-source platform has arrived in the World Wide Web. It’s called Habari. Before talking about it, let’s have a look at why it can be good for you.
Most bloggers blog in WordPress, Drupal or Blogspot. These are beyond doubt very good and powerful blogging platforms, but if you just need a personal, small blogging platform, Drupal is a bit overdone. And when you need a fast and businesslike CMS, WordPress can be a bit too much for some bloggers.
These are the situations when Habari can offer a good solution.
What is Habari?
It is a new blogging CMS which has an object-oriented and modular core. Habari is not for everyone. Those who are interested in creating video blogs or photo blogs will not find it very impressive. However, for those who blog to speak their mind through text, it is going to be helpful.
Habari supports multi-database back-ends which include MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite. It also supports Atom feeds and its most special feature is the quick and minimal operation. It has a CMS which is minimal to the letter and which provides a clean look. There is the navigation option prominent in the upper left corner.
Like in WordPress, when you log in to Habari, you are presented with a dashboard. There are the number of posts, the other users who are logged in, the number of comments and the comments themselves for you to view, along with other things.
It is absolutely simple to edit an article in Habari. There are several keyboard shortcuts such as ‘Q’ to see the dashboard, ‘P’ to view the plugins, ‘C’ to check out the comments. Other than these, there are also several options that make things a lot easier and quicker.
You can customize your blog with a number of themes, plug-ins and extensions. But these things are made by the in-house developers of Habari, so you cannot expect something like a Premium Theme Store, at least not yet.
You also have importers there in Habari so you can import whatever data you have.
The web development community of Habari is a dedicated one. It is a small community, if you compare it with the communities of Joomla or Drupal. But that is because Habari is still at an early stage of its life. However, the developers update it quite frequently.
Below are the plus points and minus points of Habari.
- Very quick
- Very easy-to-use
- Simple interface
- Dedicated web development community
- Great for frequent blogging
- Blog customization is easy
- Documentation is good
- New platform
- Few users
- Third-party developers are rare
- Not good for photo blogs or video blogs.
There’s no question that Habari is going to be a nice blogging platform. But if you are a heavy blogger whose needs are diverse, hire a programmer and ask him/her about whether it could work for you. Or do your research on the net.