Serendipity (software)

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Serendipity CMS.jpg
Serendipity's official blog
Developer(s) Serendipity Developer Team
Stable release 2.0 / January 23, 2015; 6 months ago (2015-01-23)[1]
Type content management system
License BSD license

Serendipity is a blog and web-based content management system written in PHP and available under a BSD license. It supports PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite database backends, the Smarty template engine, and a plugin architecture for user contributed modifications. [2]

Serendipity is available through a number of "one-click install" services such as Installatron.[3]


Serendipity's plugin architecture allows users to easily modify both the appearance of the blog and its features.

Serendipity's SPARTACUS plugin automatically checks the central repository for plugins/templates upgrades and new functionality whenever a user checks the list. Users can install more than 120 plugins, instantly enhancing their blogs' functionality. [4]

  • WYSIWYG and HTML editing
  • Built-in, powerful media database, can add media from URL or local file
  • Multiple authors, configurable permission/usergroup system
  • Threaded comments, nested categories, post to multiple categories
  • Multiple languages (internationalization)
  • Online plugin and template repository for easy plug-and-play installation
  • Easy drag-and-drop sidebar plugins organization
  • Category-based sub-blogs
  • Static Pages
  • Podcasting
  • RSS planet/aggregator
  • Robust spam blocking
  • Tag support
  • One-click upgrading from any version
  • Can be embedded into your existing web pages
  • Standards-compliant templating through Smarty
  • Remote blogging via XML-RPC
  • BSD-style licensing
  • Multiple Database support (SQLite, PostgreSQL, MySQL, MySQLi)
  • Shared installations can power multiple blogs from just one codebase
  • Native import from earlier blog applications (WordPress, Textpattern, Moveable Type, bblog, etc.)[5]
  • Search engine-friendly permalink structure
  • TrackBack and Pingback


Author Garvin Hicking
Original title Serendipity Individuelle Weblogs für Einsteiger und Profis
Language German
Subject Serendipity Weblog Software
Genre Weblog Software
Publisher OpenSourcePress
Publication date
ISBN 978-3-937514-54-3

The first book about Serendipity was published in German by OpenSourcePress: Serendipity - Individuelle Weblogs für Einsteiger und Profis. [6] The publisher donated the book's copyright to the Serendipity project, who has released it under a CC-BY-NC-SA license and made a GitHub repository available online.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Serendipity 2.0 released". 2015-01-23. Retrieved 2015-01-30. 
  2. ^ "Serendipity - PHP Script". 2 August 2006. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Serendipity - Features". Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "New kid on the blog: A look at Serendipity 1.0". 
  6. ^ "". Open Source Press. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Das Serendipity Handbuch / The Serendipity Manual".