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@Evelyn J Thanks for your insightful comment. I can’t agree with everything though:

> they offer something a monolithic package can’t offer: Security isolation.

I really disagree with that. Duct-taping together different products increases the security issue ! You will have more databases containing user info, sometimes one replicating data from another and exposing it to a new set of vulnerabilities.

More generally: a more complex system is harder to keep secure than a simpler one. Assembling different products from different vendors is invariably more complex than using a single product.

> Forums and commenting systems are kind of on the way out the door

I tend to agree for general purpose content but they’re still irreplaceable for specialized content, including product support. Also irreplaceable for sensitive content intranet/extranet usages.

> Content-as-a-Service is the new hotness

b2evolution does that, at an unbeatable price: free ;) But I agree, it depends on whether your resources include more tech people or more money.

> WordPress is the absolute worst of any CMS product and, IMO, no one should be using WP.

I’ve got nothing to add on that one ;)

@agent_kith Thanks for your feedback.

A couple of things that might help:

1. Can you post a link to a manual theme or manual site that you would like us to sort of “replicate” in b2evolution (please make the request in the support forums)
2. “> No proper integration of skins in dashboard.” – I’m not sure what you mean. Can you post screenshots of the issue in the Support Forums?

Evelyn J

I prefer decoupling and it seems to be where the CMS industry is headed next. And given the number of data breaches in recent years, I definitely don’t want nor need a login system coupled with a CMS let alone packages that should be part of other standalone software products. Yes, a solution requiring setting up multiple products is more difficult to setup initially, but well worth the extra effort in the long run because they offer something a monolithic package can’t offer: Security isolation. In that regard, the API-driven Grav and Barebones CMS products are definitely better starting points than the traditional monolithic all-in-one models that WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal represent. Static CMS site generators like Jekyll are also gaining in popularity but those only make sense for very tiny sites. Forums and commenting systems are kind of on the way out the door thanks to spammers, Internet commenters, GDPR and other upcoming privacy laws, and sites like Facebook, Twitter, Stack Overflow, Quora, Disqus, Livefyre, etc willing to divert the audience and filter the churn for the site owner. Content-as-a-Service is the new hotness and anyone entering the space is up against enterprise, turn-key solutions like TownNews and others already in that space.

Suffice it to say, even with the short list above from the thousands of CMS products out there, the CMS space is pretty full. While there’s always room to innovate, no one product or feature is going to likely ever stand out as king/champion/whatever in the innovation department that won’t be quickly cloned into other products. Instead, users should always find and then use the best tool for the job rather than trying to shoehorn something into a space where it doesn’t belong. In THAT regard, WordPress is the absolute worst of any CMS product and, IMO, no one should be using WP. Entire ecommerce systems (and lots of other things) have been bolted onto the side of WP like a cancer and the results are universally subpar. WP started out at a blog but has always only been barely competent at doing blogging but then couldn’t figure out what it wanted to do after that so it apparently tries to do everything, including its sad attempt at being a CMS, and fails spectacularly at all of them, hogging insane amounts of system resources just to load a single page in the process - oh, and security vulnerabilities too.

b2evolution is great. Have used it for a long time (can’t remember how long, 5+ years?). Works great as a multi-site blog (Didn’t realise this is unique).

The only weakness is in themes/skins.

  1. There’s just not enough out of the box. (e.g. only 3 manual skins).
  2. No proper integration of skins in dashboard. My blog skin is now broken in blogs for mobiles. Is it a bug in the core, or in the skin? This is not something I can check easily.

So really, as the site owner, what I can use, and see is great. But the opposite is not necessary true. As a customer, they only see the content, and it’s not visually appealing.

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Comment from: Member

1) Free Open Source
As Benjamin before, “Easy deployment, control". Add something on the web quickly.

2) Tuning the skins themes like I’ve learned during webdesign course on Wordpress, CSS
I think it’s not so easy with B2E ? (not spent enough time to discover 100% possibilites…)
+ Statistics : exclude an IP from the start ;)

Thx for your work :) B2E is pretty cool :)

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Comment from: Benjamin Visitor

Benjamin

1. What is the main reason that made you choose b2evolution for your website?
Easy deployment, control and good analytics

2. What is the feature or improvement you miss the most at this time?
I think more CSS like styling for contents

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Comment from: Member

So you seem not to like the added features. Sorry to read that.

Do the extra features interfere with your typical use of b2evolution. If so, do you have some suggestion about how we could perhaps move them out of your way?

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Yes, you can actually already totally use the quick registration widget to do what you want! –> https://b2evolution.net/man/email-capture-quick-registration-widget

(Alternatively you may also use: https://b2evolution.net/man/emailcapture-short-tag)

Just ask the users for their email (and optionally their name) and chose what email list to subscribe them to. And voilà, b2evo will create an account for them without them needed to deal with a password as long they don’t want to.

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Keith

You certainly don’t have to tell me about b2evolution being glorified blogs. It’s been hard not to notice how bloated it’s gotten over the past couple of years.

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1) What is the main reason that made you choose b2evolution for your website?
More control over the site (compared to WP and all the others), less cookies, clean built-in way, good analytics

2) What is the feature or improvement you miss the most at this time?
Could have more design options, a “simple” newsletter would be fine (without forcing own users to register with a password), and especially for my site an opportunity to write mathematical expressions would be great (maybe a plugin such as www.mathjax.org would work, but I am not a developer).

Thanks for the great work.

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Hi there,

Let me first thank you very much for your great work. I am new to b2evo and tried out a lot of CMS providers but am very happy to be part of this community.

To address your two opening queries:

**1) What is the main reason that made you choose b2evolution for your website? **
I have more control over data, less cookies (!) and it offers more options compared to Wordpress and Typo3. I can also develop my skills (I am not a developer) and learn to add more feature as my site grows (what I hope :- )). I feel learning a bit HTML, CSS, js, and so far is also a good way to keep up in the 21st century :-)

**2) What is the feature or improvement you miss the most at this time? **
I understand that at the moment I can invite people to register for my site, and after I have sent them a password (or they choose a password for themselves) users log-in and can receive a newsletter. My problem: I want to send them a newsletter WITHOUT the opportunity of logging in, and without a password.
What I am looking for: users provide their email addresses (e.g. by a quick registration as it is already provided by b2evo). Then I would send them an email with a confirmation link but no password. When users then click on the link, they appear on my recipients´ list, and I send them the letter (as it is done now).
By now I haven´t found a way to do that.

Thanks again for your great support.
Best,
Marian

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Carl Legacy

Honestly, I’m totally new to blogging. Never have I did it before. What I do know is my goal is to try and reach and educate people on various topics. You might call me (Dear Abby) Lol! or (Dear Carl). My goal is to give knowledge to underperformers in this thing we call life. Not sure if I’m on the right track getting started but I hope so.

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Comment from: Member

1) What is the main reason that made you choose b2evolution for your website?

Easy, clean way how it is built. Beautiful design.
Instruments for easy diagnosis and control of the system.

2) What is the feature or improvement you miss the most at this time?

Lack of design solutions (now trying to make my variant of wordpress skin for b2evolution website).

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Hello I am very new here I was asked two questions Haven’t used the system yet I want a blog system that was low in cost and one I could use to build our church community this does both as for what do I mis.. That is easy I don’t know what is here si I don’t know what is missing. Thank You

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1) What is the main reason that made you choose b2evolution for your website?

I hate WordPress because of the hacking and bloat and how it is pushed down your throat everywhere and by so many lazy so called web developers.

I am not a programmer and learning Bootstrap,HTML,JS,CSS, Angular JS and Foundation is just too much for me at this stage of my life.

I preferred to use a non-database driven flat file CMS but they just don not have the community behind it like B2E seems to. So because B2E has some element of Bootstrap within and is also a CMS I decided to install it and do my best to learn it. I am finding out that it is also very complicated.

2) What is the feature or improvement you miss the most at this time?

There are a lot of intricacies associated with B2E that I didn’t want to deal with. Like for example things related to PHP opcode & user cache. There needs to be an automatic solution for solving such issues.

When installing I opted for existing content to be included but now I wish I had not done that. There is too much for me to sort through and remove before I ever get started on the content of my site.

I had to do a manual installation because the current version was not available through , now if I want to remove and do a non-content installation I will have to get the hosting tech support to help me. So the documentation for learning B2E needs to include starting from scratch. With no blogs or any other collections.

I know these are not exactly features but I just installed B2E less than 24 hours ago. So I do not have a grasp of the entire program yet.
Thanks