Hello friends. Here’s another migration update. I said in my last announcement that, unless something goes wrong, I’ll be using the b2evolution CMS for Swordsman Network. Well, something has indeed gone wrong (or rather, had). I didn’t notice it before because it was announced in the founder’s personal blog.
And the bad news is that the b2evolution open-source project, which is financially supported by its pro-version clients, has been much affected economically by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is now much less money coming in to sustain the project, and the founder himself has lost much of his interest. (You can read more about this here: 18 years of b2evolution.)
In other words, the future of b2evolution is now uncertain, and unless someone else forks the project to continue to develop it and maintain it, it is likely that it’ll come to an end. And so, because of this situation, and even though I would have loved using it, b2evolution is no longer on my list of possible WordPress alternatives.
For more information about my migration, please read these earlier announcements:
- *Moving to self-hosted WordPress
- *Migration updates… plus Ads monetization
- *From WordPress to b2evolution
Now, I have two other choices for CMS that are similar to b2evolution, both in design and philosophy. Both are also open-source projects. However, the first one is controlled by a commercial company, just like b2evolution, and the second one by a large and active community of users and developers. Given the uncertainty of the economy these days, my safest bet is the second choice, and that CMS is Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware.
Tiki Wiki is an all-in-one CMS — no plugins are ever installed, because all features are built-in (desired functionalities need only to be activated). Of course, like any other software, there are some drawbacks to its design, and because it’s primarily a wiki software, Tiki’s blogging module is not exactly feature-rich like WordPress. Still, these disadvantages of using Tiki are far outweighed by its benefits.
- I haven’t yet actually installed any CMS in my webhost for testing purposes. The service is pay-as-you-go in terms of resources used, and that’s an unnecessary expense. I’ve only checked the possibility of installing Tiki, but I think that it’s compatible with my webhost. And so my choice of CMS is not yet final. It remains to be seen if I can actually set up Tiki for Swordsman Network.
- I’ve reached an impasse in my migration from WordPress.com to a self-hosted CMS, and I cannot move on forward unless financial resources are provided for. So this may be the last update you’ll hear from me for a while.
- Please support me :)