What is Dotclear?
Although not an actual fork of WordPress, it has its roots in 2003, when Olivier Meunier created it. Many people will either have never heard of it or never thought of trying it.
I have included it here, because it’s a very good alternative for people who are comfortable using FTP and editing files if necessary. It uses a classic editor and the back end is not that different to WP.
It is a very fast and lean CMS that has a lot of features built in. There are plugins and themes available, and you can even install it using a one-click installer from your web host. However, it does require a bit of tweaking and some extra plugins to get a fully operational blog or website.
I will be reviewing it soon, but for now, you can see my experimental installation at PC Rights. Take a look at the page source of the home page and you will see what I mean by lean and clean.
Is Dotclear a viable long-term option?
The last update was in September of 2018, so it is still an active CMS. Some of the plugins and themes are a couple of years old, but work perfectly. Unlike WordPress, it doesn’t have a high turnover of updates and is very stable.
For me, I’ve found it to be a pleasure to work with, once I familiarized myself with the back end dashboard. You can even run multiple blogs from the one admin panel. It is certainly not in the same league as WP or its forks, but if you want something that is powerful, yet light on resources, then it is in a niche of its own.
It only supports English and French languages, but of course you can write your content in your own language. You will just see the framework links and tabs in those languages.
The included Ductile theme is fully responsive, but I am using a heavily customized version of another one I installed. I will be offering a copy of that for those who want to use it.