Smarty: the templating system that CAME FROM HELL
I saw Smarty in the upcoming features list. Yikes! I hope this is optional. I spent a week to get the Smarty-enabled Lore FAQ system (from Pineapple Technologies) integrated with my site. Consider this: Learning Smarty is about 80% as hard as just learning PHP, and if you already know PHP, it’s a total waste of effort; and Smarty makes it extremely difficult to integrate into a site’s design, not a factor if the blog is the whole site, but a big factor if the blog is just one section of an existing site. With the current system, templates are easy to edit and you don’t need any programming skill at all. And Smarty is slooooow. I guess for most personal blog sites it doesn’t matter, but if you site gets any kind of load, watch out. Smarty is just a loser, plain and simple. Don’t let the geeks take over this project.
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