Grafiti CMS – a Major ASP.NET Attack on WordPress

PLEASE NOTE: This article is from 2007. Unfortunately Telligent didn’t manage it to turn this into an ASP.NET WordPress Killer.

Just released: Telligent (Creators of CommunityServer) Graffiti CMS – Beta 1, and believe me or not but I was able to set it up in about 20 seconds! This even beats the famous WordPress 5 Minutes installation. I installed it using an Access Database which is included containing some sample data. For small sites this works great, for bigger sites you want to use the SQL Server as datastorage.

The interface is pretty simple and fast, nevertheless, you probably notice some similarities to WordPress ;). It can be used for blogging, smaller content websites or even bigger projects are imaginable.

This could become the new ASP.NET WordPress.. or even more! With the power of ASP.NET it has great potential. It even has SEO friendly URLs included, out of the box of course! The functionality for tagging, categories, plugins, themes and all the stuff you need for starting through are also included.

As far as I know there will be two versions, one free version which runs on Access and one commercial version which runs on SQL Server.

Check it out, it’s really worth a try! I included some screenshots at the end of this post.

FYI: This CMS has been killed.

Grafiti Home Grafiti Site Options Grafiti Themes Grafiti Write Grafiti Write Options Grafiti Write Settings


#1 Mahmoud on 12.16.07 at 2:31 am

How do you think that can ever be an attack on wordpress? You might have to look at drupal and joomla when looking for PHP opensource CMS.

What power does ASP.NET has over PHP? Only useful advantage is using any .NET language, otherwise more restrictive than PHP and makes harder to follow standards unless you stop using the ASP.NET features.

You might like to look at Cake PHP, Symfony and Zend framework when looking for rapid development using PHP.

#2 Michael Hendrickx on 12.16.07 at 6:37 pm

i doubt indeed if it will attack wordpress so hard. It’s another blog/CMS, but then written in .NET.

#3 Lex on 12.18.07 at 6:02 pm

It seems a good cms software, but…
I’ts not so easy to install, the documentation is poor, and offers the same tools than others, OK it’s a nice CMS but I think wordpress will not worry about graffiti. ;-).

#4 andreas.kraus on 12.18.07 at 6:44 pm

It’s a pretty nice `out-of-the-box` and easy to use CMS, just like WordPress, that’s why I compared it to it. You can set it up and customize it quicker than DotNetNuke, although it has less features but just those you need for a wordpress-like-cms.

Of course it will never touch wordpress regarding the amount of people who use it, but that’s because they run on different environments and PHP is way ahead of ASP.NET when we talk about the usercount.

Lex: I only needed about 2 minutes to install it, where did you run into problems? It’s beta1, that’s why there isn’t much documentation yet 😉


#5 Yex on 12.19.07 at 5:26 pm

Graffiti is decent. I’ve tried it. It was easy to setup. But its never gonna threaten WP in any sense that will make WP nervous. Why? Licensing. Install WP (in not much more time than it takes to install Graffiti) and you get everything. Period. If you want to use Graffiti without paying for it, you get a “crippled” (limited) version of it. With WP, there are no limitations or restrictions. Besides, WP has literally thousands of plugins and a massive userbase/community contributing to it.

Sorry…I understand where you’re coming from. Graffiti is decent, but I couldn’t resist questioning the “major attack on WP” idea.

#6 David L. Penton on 01.03.08 at 8:54 pm

Graffiti will support MySQL…hint hint hint…

#7 Aaronontheweb on 01.11.08 at 6:49 pm

Graffiti will support the full Mono project… I will be able to run on any *nix box.

#8 Igorus on 01.19.08 at 6:10 am

that is, as I understand it
sql support only in the commercial version??

#9 jonx on 02.04.08 at 1:14 am

Compare to WP?
Maybe I didn’t look close enought, but where is the source?
Grafiti is cripled when you used the free version.
The prices also do not compare to WP:
Buy Graffiti, $399, pre-order for $99
Also last, wordpress is a blogengine, not a CMS.
Maybe you could try to compare dotnetblogengine to wordpress. but grafiti… no…

#10 TVI Design on 03.31.08 at 6:55 pm

We’ve looked at using CMS software like this before but it really doesn’t take long to knock up a few templates and a few tables in SQL server to run a blog and it gives you maximum control.

Apart from speed and ease of entry are there any other advantages to using something like Graffiti that I may have missed ?

#11 theWizard on 04.05.08 at 3:44 pm

this will never attack wordpress, coz wordpress is the king for 2 reasons
1st cheapest servers in the world support php and not asp
2nd wordpress is FREE!

#12 Dmitri on 08.05.08 at 5:56 pm

ASP.NET has one major advantage of being able to use everything in the .NET framework. Even though I use WordPress (PHP), I actually make HTTP-POST requests to ASP.NET pages to generate headings using WPF.

#13 James Westgate on 11.11.08 at 2:43 pm

Telligent will pull users in with their low pricing, then seriously ramp up the cost in future versions – this was their strategy with Community Server – they quoted us $5000 to upgrade to the latest version, when we had spent $400 on the previous. Buyers beware!

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