While searching for a good, new platform for this blog, the first blog software you came across obviously is WordPress. But as I was not so happy with the multi-language features of WordPress (see this other post), I searched for a better solution.
Then I found Dotclear that looked at first sight like a interesting alternative:
- It looks clean and easy.
- It’s written in PHP (as I’m developing in PHP myself, too, that’s important for me in case it should be necessary to add or change something myself).
- It should be easily possible to use more than one language for the blog (that’s the reason why I’m unhappy with WordPress).
Therefore I just gave it a try and installed it on my test server which worked without problems and errors.
Directly after the first login I wanted to have a look inside the documentation and the plug-in descriptions to see what plug-ins are available for this system. But then I was appalled: all plug-in descriptions and part of the documentation seem to be only available in French!
Maybe I could still understand it by using my school’s Latin knowledge and Google Translate, but I really don’t want to use a blogging system that’s main language is not English.
Although I’m a German native speaker, I even don’t think any bigger open source project should choose German as main language: if there are translations in other languages that’s great, of course, but as most of all people understand English, the main language of all projects should be English! Period.
Therefore I stopped testing Dotclear and stayed with WordPress.
Did you also have positive or negative experience with Dotclear yourself already?
This post is also available in Deutsch.