Here, you find answers to general questions about FlatPress. If you have technical questions, please see the Tech FAQ.
FlatPress is a lightweight, easy-to-set-up blogging engine. Plain and simple, just PHP. No database needed!
It's best suitable for personal blogs or small business sites. FlatPress is a single user system (see Tech FAQ) and does not offer an editorial workflow. But would you need that?
Important to know: FlatPress is not “WordPress on flat files”. WordPress plugins usually don't work in FlatPress. Anyway, sometimes you are just a few lines away from making them work :) In fact, many of the bundled filters on the text are from WP.
Themes have just nothing to do with WP, not at all.
FlatPress is around since 2006, the software is mature and well-tested. And yet, we're still in Version 1.2 (as of March 2021). This shows we don't stuff billions of features in our software and publish new releases every week. FlatPress is meant to be a stable software without surprises.
FlatPress is free software maintained by voluntary developers in their free time. We don't get (or want) money for FlatPress. Free time is always rare, so we are aware we can't fix every reported bug within hours.
Luckily, we have a great community that helps us with testing, coding, and supporting each other. This open and friendly spirit is the heart of FlatPress. You are warmly invited to be part of it!
Why should one even use a self-hosted blogging system in times of huge easy-to-use platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Why hosting the comments for yourself when you could do so with Disqus?
A personal blog in reasonable size is just not the kind of application that would need a database beneath it. Our project site flatpress.org contains more than 220 blog entries since 2006 and runs as quickly as a virgin install. No flat-file performance problems whatsoever!
Glad you ask, thanks for caring! :) In fact, there a are many ways to contribute to FlatPress.
Found a bug? Built a plugin? Designed a theme? Want to propose a new feature? Let us know!
FlatPress “speaks” some languages out-of-the-box. If yours is not included yet, feel free to create a language pack! You don't need to be programmer to do so, the guidelines show you how it works. We'd love to add your translation to the FlatPress standard download package!
Even if you aren't a programmer, you can easily support our project.