Web Design & Development Guide
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
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
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
- Multiple Users per
- 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,
- 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.