Blogging in Africa
If you are an African based blogger, or would be blogger (indeed, if you live anywhere with poor bandwidth) you should take a look at Maneo a blogging system devised specifically for Africa. The reason for developing a new blogging system is simple:
“We travel quite a bit and I found that anything hosted in the US gets slower and slower the further you get from the US, so I worked to create a CMS/blog platform that was very stripped down, yet fully functional. Don’t get me wrong, WordPress is a beautiful, fantastic system that I admire and also use, but when you’re on a satellite connection in Bukavu or very slow DSL in Sarajevo, it’s mighty slow to use, which is the same problem with GMail and other web based applications that were developed in North America and Europe. So, I realized that what I was doing for our personal blogs would translate very well in to a system that would meet a great many of the needs for a new blogging system for Sub-Saharan Africa.”
One great piece of news is that they are looking to localise the system into a number of African languages – so any translators out there should get in contact.