Guide to B2/Cafelog

Guide to B2/Cafelog

Have you ever heard about B2/Cafelog? If yes, then great but if you haven’t heard about it yet, still no problem. Because in this blog post, I’ll cover the topic of B2/Cafelog. This blog post is a short, one-minute guide to B2/Cafelog.

B2/Cafelog is basically a weblog tool. It is not being used today but still, it was one the most amazing programs. B2/Cafelog was specifically designed for blogging to fulfill the needs of bloggers. It was an unmaintained weblog tool which is commonly known among bloggers as Cafelog or B2.

This classy news tool was written in PHP. It is licensed under General Public License (also known as GPL). It uses MySQL database and is considered as one of the most important web software.
You might be thinking that if it is not being used today, then why is it so important and why am I saying that it is one of the best software. The answer to this question is that the modern WordPress is basically based on B2. I’m sure that you know a lot about WordPress because it is one of the best content management systems (CMS).

Brief History

Let me tell you the brief history of B2/Cafelog. It was developed at the start of the 2000s. The developer of B2 was a programmer from France and his name was Michel Valdrighi. The best feature of B2 was that it helped the bloggers to generate pages dynamically with the help of MySQL database content. Before the invention of B2. Blogging was not so powerful but this feature really enhanced the power of blogs.

Trouble Strikes

The initial version of B2/Cafelog was introduced by the developer in 2001. It was version 0.6 of B2. The developer continued improving the software and in 2002, he introduced version 1.0 of B2/Cafelog. But, in the December of 2002, the developer disappeared.

After the disappearance of Michel Valdrighi, the user community of B2/Cafelog was seriously concerned about the lack of support from the developer.

Matt Mullenweg was one of the B2 users who was seriously worried. Due to this, in 2003, he got an idea to enhance B2/Cafelog by adding more features to it. He was able to use the source code of B2/Cafelog in his project.

Initially, he presented this idea on his blog and the response of people including Mike Little was very good.

WordPress Begins

In 2003, the developer of B2/Cafelog reappeared and explained the reason for his disappearance. He was facing many troubles in his personal life due to which he vanished.

After his reappearance, he also announced a major news regarding B2. The announcement was:
“Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little are leading the new WordPress branch of b2, that is going to become the new official branch once they get a release out. If you want to help with WordPress, don’t hesitate to contact either of them!”

So, in May, WordPress was released. WordPress was basically the success of B2/Cafelog. Michel Valdrighi continued to work with WordPress until 2005.

Features of B2/Cafelog

There were many great features in B2/Cafelog. It was whole new platforms for bloggers that came with some amazing blogging tools. Its major feature was its ability to display content directly from MySQL database instead of displaying static content. The developer of B2 used MySQL which was great for bloggers.

With the help of it, bloggers were able to use the database for storing their blog content. This not only helped bloggers but also made the search process easy. Due to this, it was also possible to use different themes in blogs.

B2/Cafelog Legacy

Though the life span of B2/Cafelog was short still it was being used on almost 2000 web servers. It was also a great platform that introduced us to WordPress. Though B2/Cafelog is not as famous as WordPress still it was the basis of the most popular content management systems.


When the developer of B2 reappeared in 2003, he said, “With some of the money that I made by taking over the world (a small piece of it, for starters), I bought a digital camera, and proceeded to photograph various things. I hope to get better at it than I am at PHP.” His passion is photography and you can check his work on his blog.

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