User Guide

Thanks for choosing Open Blog. We hope you enjoy the easy experience of using Open Blog.

Getting Started

If you've never used Open Blog (OB) before this guide will allow you to familiarize yourself with the software and provide a reference resource to help you use OB the most effectively.

What is Open Blog?

Open Blog is a PHP-based blogging platform which provides support for multiple languages, easy to use Markdown formatting in pages and Blog posts, Social links, multiple themes and easy user management.


As with any software there's some requirements. You'll need a development or production server environment (like Apache or NGINX) with PHP and MySQL (currently, MySQL is the only supported database).
Specifically, you'll need:

  • Webserver: Apache 2.x, NGINX, etc
  • PHP 5.6+
  • MySQL 5.6/MariaDB 10+
  • cURL 7.10.5+
  • GD2 (for releases after OB v3.0.0)

You'll also need to have some directories and files writable. On Linux servers, you can do this with chmod 777 filename. On Linux servers, www and public_html directories are interchangeable.

  • ~/www/application/config
  • ~/www/uploads
  • ~/www/ (IF using Apache with mod_rewrite)
  • ~/www/application/cache/(all directories)

We Install

Not interested installing? No problem. We can install on your hosting. We also offer hosting services that are known to work with Open Blog. Just contact us at 'info' at this website (org).