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FlatPress: The Flat File Blogging Software

WordPress needs a MySQL database, unfortunately that doesn’t always work for those without access to one, and now a solution is being created called FlatPress.

While the name sounds similar to WordPress, and some of the look and feel might be the same, the creator assures us that it is a different beast, though he wishes it could be completely comparable to WordPress.

Some things to note, some WordPress plugins do work with minor changes under FlatPress, but no themes will work as FlatPress uses the Smarty template engine but there have already been a few ports of popular themes for FlatPress.

From Lorelle on WordPress’ translation of the Italian text:

The main difference between WordPress and FlatPress is that FlatPress does not require MySQL in order to work. This feature benefits those who do not want to spend a lot of money for a hosted stie with a MySQL database, great for low cost hosting and saving money. The other characteristics that render this interesting blog engine are: the adhesion to xhtml 1,1, use of Smarty for the management of the graphical templates, the possibility to import post from SimplePHPBlog (other blog engine based on flat-rows).

Looks interesting enough. I wish the developers luck with such a project. Those looking to use it, please remember that on popular websites, flat files are not the best way to store information.

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  1. Rob says: 3/19/2007

    Common misconception that flat files are somehow ‘worse’ on larger sites – this is wrong and you’re helping spread this lie. In some cases flat files outperform mysql overhead. If you are simply grabbing plain chunks of text data over and over, and only one or few people update it, and there are no complex searches required on the data set (so not for e-commerce sites, wikis, etc etc, but blogs are a shining example here), flat files can actually be a better solution than mysql. Add to that the ease of backing the entire site plus data up, or being able to migrate simply and easily within seconds, flat files are an overlooked and mistreated alternative to overkill like a db.


  2. Merv says: 8/15/2007

    I have to agree with you there rob. The one advantage that databases offer over flat files is handling deadlocks. But deadlocks only occur in the most active of blogs. For a personal blog, it is highly unlikely. Persons may post a message every once in a while but not at the very same second as another user is attempting to. Consequently, for every day use of a personal blog a flat file is just as functional if not faster than a db. For one thing, you require fewer resources to execute a flat file. And, considering that for some webserver services, a database costs extra, a non db system to me is more economical. Can a database system say the same?


  3. Hostimal says: 10/2/2007

    Thank you I’ll have problem with MySQL connection on my web host and now for some small blog I’m need excellent WP without MySQL.


  4. Zul says: 3/1/2008

    I agree with Rob. Flat file better than database. Because it is simple.


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  6. adhitya christiawan nurprasetyo [dit] says: 6/18/2011


    mysql also not guarantee that site would be much faster,
    so flat base method still one of the best and fast way.
    its also much easier to relocate the script from one to another web server [hosting].

    the only main problem with flatpress is less contribution from user.
    it would be great blog script if many people start contributing ideas and handwork instead of flatpress developer only.


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