Raleigh Startup Releases WordPress Competitor

RALEIGH, N.C. -- PencilBlue, a Raleigh-Durham software startup, opened the source code of its WordPress competing online publishing software for download today. The PencilBlue platform is the first software of its type to offer blogging capabilities, custom data management, full plugin extendability, and drag and drop administration out of the box. “The online publishing landscape was one of polar opposites, that forced you to compromise on your development goals,” said Blake Callens, PencilBlue CEO. “We decided to design a platform that met all the needs of a modern, mobile and cloud ready website, and built it with the latest and most popular web technologies, to boot.”


The entirety of PencilBlue is built with responsive web design - the ability for a website to automatically adjust itself to mobile devices - using Twitter’s extremely popular Bootstrap library. The platform runs on the up and coming, cloud ready web framework, Node.js, which has quickly become the most used programming language on Github, the internet’s top repository of open source software.

Node.js has been adopted by such Internet mainstay companies as eBay and Microsoft, who uses it to run its Azure cloud platform. PencilBlue’s main competitors, WordPress and Drupal were built with PHP, a programming language that was originally released in 1994.

“Node.js is the way that websites will be built for at least the next decade,” said Callens, “and our mission is to make PencilBlue the next standard in the development of content driven websites. With today’s release, we’re off to a great start.”

PencilBlue was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Raleigh, NC by software engineers Blake Callens and Brian Hyder.

For more information visit www.pencilblue.org.

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