Textpattern is a free and open source blogging (not limited to) content management system, written in PHP using a MySQL database, and with its own dedicated community is a flourishing and perhaps unappreciated blogging platform.
If you find that WordPress is a little overblown for your current project, why not give Textpattern a try. Installation is easy, you can design a unique template or theme in a snap, and it will manage all your posts, pages and rich media as well as any other blogging CMS. If you want that traditional blogging feel back, go with Textpattern.
Beautiful free themes are not just limited to WordPress, have a look at these themes below, they were all developed using Textpattern, and just like everything else involved with Textpattern they are free to download and use.
My Wishful Thoughts Textpattern Theme
Aleksandr Textpattern Theme
Fireplay Textpattern Theme
thinkr uppr Textpattern Theme
Information Architects Textpattern Theme
Text My Pattern Textpattern Theme
Textpattern Gaia Textpattern Theme
White and Wild Textpattern Theme
Blueprinted Textpattern Theme
Textplate Textpattern Theme
TXP_Dilectio_Theme Textpattern Theme
Merdeka Textpattern Theme
Yellowmint Textpattern Theme
Falling Away Textpattern Theme
Rin Textpattern Theme
Flexy – Developer Template Textpattern Theme
The Flexy is a blank template built especially for developers, it is simple and intuitive and if you use elements from this template you will soon learn how to develop using Textpattern. Follow the eight step “How To Use As A Template” guide and you will be well on your way to developing your first Textpattern theme, it is a lot easier than you think.