I wrote a review of B2evolution CMS, but I didn’t get into too much detail. I’ve taken a closer look and here are some thoughts.
Blogs: you can have multiple blogs on one install. You can control who can see each blog. This is handy if you want to keep a journal or diary something only logged in members can see.
Manual: This is really neat.
- You can create a manual.
- You could use this for a diary or journal.
- You could outline a book with this.
- You could write a web book with chapters and/or sub chapters.
- Moreover the manual has wiki features.
Main features:B2 Demo Manual.
- Similar to a Wiki but with added hierarchical structure
- Unlimited nesting of Chapters & Sub-chapters
- Easy linking between pages via WikiLink syntax – links stay valid even if you restructure the table of contents differently or if you rename the pages
- Collaborative editing, including versioning of edits, history, diffs and rollback.
- Multiple markup options making editing easier and more consistent than HTML editing
- No frames, so each page has an URL and it’s easy to share links to individual pages
- Allows user comments
- Allows user rating of manual pages
- and of course all the other b2evolution standard features (Analytics, Antispam, etc.)
All said, that Manual feature is a very powerful thing to have at your beck and call.
Forums: A full featured forum. See Forum Demo.
Tracker: For Issues or tasks. See Tracker Demo.
You can manage your own email mailing list and newsletter. Plus you have polls.
As far as I can tell these things are not half done. They are tested and robust. That’s a lot of stuff to have available with one install and for free. The more I look at B2evolution the more impressed I get.