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Web Design & Development Guide


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Developer: Project members
Latest release: 1.2.3 / June 8, 2007
OS: Cross-platform
Genre: CMS/Blog software
License: GPL
Website: www.lifetype.net

LifeType is an open-source blogging platform with support for multiple blogs and users in a single installation. It is written in PHP and backed by a MySQL database. LifeType is licensed under the GNU General Public License.

LifeType began as a project to create a flexible and powerful blogging platform for both users and developers. LifeType was built with the intention to have a scalable architecture while keeping the core as light as possible to ensure an efficient and fast web-publishing engine. This mindset has been sustained whilst adding several crucial features that have enabled LifeType to be comparative to other more established blog software. LifeType borrows from several Open-Source components that have been integrated to ensure that only the best, most suitable code is used in the LifeType framework. These functional components together help formulate a full-featured blogging solution for site owners to deploy as a multi-user/multi-blog hosting service and also for everyday bloggers to enjoy the ease of publishing content with LifeType.

LifeType offers support for multiple blogs and multiple users in one installation. Each blog can be run in its own language and can be customized via a powerful template engine. Moreover, LifeType is the only one of its kind to come with a fully featured anti- spam mechanism based on Bayesian filtering techniques, to help combat the dreaded blog spam. Media uploads and file handling, fully customizable search engine, friendly URLs and a thorough, easy to use administration area are also amongst the core features of LifeType.

For simplicity Lifetype integrates a web based wizard to help users to setup and configure their own blog. Lifetype can be configured as a single user or multi-user interface.

With the integration of the template editor plugin, users can make custom adjustments to Lifetype's templates. As an open source project, Lifetype is built, maintainted and adjusted by the Lifetype community of designers.


  • Multiple Blogs per Installation (suitable for blog hosting)
  • Subdomains
  • Multiple Users per Blog
  • Integrated Media Management (Podcasting, automatic thumbnail generation, mass uploading of files, a filebrowser and custom descriptions for each file)
  • Extensible plugin support
  • Anti-Spam features (bayesian spam filter, comment moderation, Captcha, trackback validation)
  • Localization
  • Mobile features (moblogging)


The LifeType project started in February 2003 under the name pLog. pLog was renamed to LifeType after Amazon.com, the holder of the "plog" trademark requested it to change its name.

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This guide is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses material from the Wikipedia.


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