Chyrp is a blogging engine designed to be lightweight while retaining functionality. It is driven by PHP and MySQL (or SQLite), and has a great standard theme and robust module engine. You can personalize and modify it any way you want.
All of your content is powered by a unique Feathers system that allows Chyrp to be whatever you want it to be. You can post anything and everything, or just stick to the default Text feather and run a regular blog. Chyrp destroys the fine line between a blog and a tumblelog.
Who should use it?
Anyone. Chyrp is designed to be able to work in all circumstances. It can be used for anything from a professional/corporate blog to a personal site, even a tumblelog. The default installation is rather basic, so you're encouraged to browse around the Extend section and install anything you want. For more Who, Why, What and Hows, check out the FAQs page.
A Brief History
It all started around 2004 when Alex got fed up with all the bulky blogging engines. WordPress was widely accepted as the leader of all blogging software, but it just wasn't for him. At first he tried to dig through their code and try and fix it to his liking, but he just ended up flat-out confused (tracing back something's functionality in there is often a four-step process).
At that point Alex decided to start on his own engine; first MCMS (mynimal CMS); then Mynimalistic; then Lingua; and now Chyrp is here to stay. It is made with dead simple code and a very small footprint, so hopefully many people will enjoy it. If they don't, the code is simple enough that many people should be able to contribute their own enhancements, bug fixes, and modifications. Thus the glory of being open-source.
No matter how smooth everything was going, in late 2009 the development progress on Chyrp has gradually grounded to a halt, and remained in that state for a while. It wasn't being no longer maintained, for reasons that simply didn't motivate Alex enough to carry on with keeping the project alive. Alex publicly announced Chyrp's death on 14th of May, 2010. The sad announcement resulted in disappointment to many Chyrp users at the time.
Surprisingly, later that very same year, on November to be more precise, a Highlander called Arian showed up and volunteered to revive the project. Alex then handed over the responsibility over to Arian and with the priceless help of the Chyrp user community, he did manage to get Chyrp on its feet again.
Although Chyrp is in active development, Arian does only work on Chyrp during nights and weekends because he has a full-time job post to maintain. He doesn't get paid to develop Chyrp so it currently cannot be his primary focus. However, he would be very grateful for any donations you wish to put and/or any contribution you wish to make toward the future development and prosperity of Chyrp.