Home of Serendipity Styx Edition

This site and blog is about the Serendipity Styx Edition. A fully regarded successor of Serendipity, the S9y-Origin.

Years ago, in Spring 2016, after 5 years of heavy core and plugin development for Serendipity as a core developer, I decided to face the challenge of making my own system out of the Serendipity Blog System. That idea kicked off the development of Styx and my own and strongly maintained additional_plugins repository.

Styx is what Serendipity should be!

You can read all about Styx and Serendipity here.

Serendipity Styx - A reliable, secure & extensible PHP blog engine

Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog engine which gives the user an easy way to maintain a blog. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers an expandable framework with the power for professional applications. It stands for:

  • Reliability

    Serendipity wants to provide a blog engine that users can trust, for which they can get individual support, while being able to influence the project (both as users and developers).

  • Security

    The developers are always open for non-public reports on potential security issues. The track record shows that Serendipity has only dealt with few issues over the past years, swiftly fixed.

  • Extensibility

    Plugins and themes provide easy ways to add functionality or change the looks of a blog. With the online plugin repository Spartacus they are well organized and easy to install.

  • Ease of use

    Serendipity aims to build simple, but powerful as well as understandable interfaces. The same approach is used for the build code, which is supposed to have a low entry barrier.

For the Quicks and as a starter, you may just read the Serendipity Styx Frequently Asked Questions FAQ page here and then return reading about the Serendipity history.

A brief history about Serendipity

In early 2002, a core team of well-known PHP developers Jannis Hermanns, Sterling Hughes, George Schlossnagle, Wez Furlong, Joyce Park and Joseph Tatem, as well as Sebastian Bergmann from the phpUnit project launched, what was shortly after called “Serendipity”.

On March 29th in 2003, Jannis Hermanns officially renamed his jBlog to Serendipity.

Over the years, changing programmers have steadily and consistently developed the system further on. Garvin Hicking at s9y.org has been the lead developer since 2003 and published a book about the Serendipity Blog System in 2008.

This book, written in german language, and its rights were given back to the community by the publisher in early 2012. Since then it is opensource and was available as a PDF build from LaTeX sources and opensourced via GitHub under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.

The author of this site has spend an awesome amount of time and effort into updating this german documentation several times for recent Serendipity Styx versions. The here published latest Serendipity Styx Book “revision” from 2022 is strongly brought to your attention.

Help requests:

To get direct help from myself and/or other users, please just use the the new discussions page on GitHub Styx or use the Styx issue tasks, if you have questions or found a bug. Thanks.


Please visit my Styx release blog on this site, or point yourself to the repository release downloads.

Regards Ian,
Enjoy Styx !

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