What is Hubzilla?
Hubzilla is a powerful platform for creating interconnected based websites featuring a decentralized identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology. Hubzilla is very suitable for communities (of any size).
Features • social networking discussion threads • cloud file storage • calendar and contacts (with CalDAV and CardDAV support) • webpage hosting with a content management system • wiki • and more...
An instance of Hubzilla is called a Hub. Hubs are independent general-purpose websites that not only connect with their associated members and viewers (e.g. a community), but also connect together to exchange personal communications and other information with each other. This allows hub members on any hub to securely and privately share anything; with anybody, on any hub - anywhere; or share stuff publicly with anybody on the internet if desired.
Hubzilla is the server software which makes this possible. It is a sophisticated and unique combination of an open source content management system and a decentralised identity, communications, and permissions framework and protocol suite, built using common webserver technology (PHP/MySQL/Apache, although Mariadb or Postgres and Nginx could also be used - we're pretty easy). The end result is a level of systems integration, privacy control, and communications features that you wouldn't think are possible in either a content management system or a decentralised communications network. It also brings a new level of cooperation and privacy to the web and introduces the concept of personally owned "single sign-on" to web services across the entire internet.
Hubzilla hubs are • decentralised • inherently social • optionally inter-networked with other hubs • privacy-enabled (privacy exclusions work across the entire internet to any registered identity on any compatible hubs)
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Said about Hubzilla as an alternative
Every user can make private or public forums, a static webpage, an editable markdown based wiki, categorize posts and format them with BBCode. You choose what hub hosts your data, and you can clone your account on another hub to prevent distruption or data loss.
Feature for feature, Hubzilla is the best decentralized, open source competitor to Facebook.
Compatibility with the Diaspora, OStatus (includes Mastodon), & ActivityPub (includes NextCloud) protocols allows it to communicate with nearly every other existing.
I am happy that after he created Friendica, Mike Macgirvin & friends have continued to push forward by creating and developing Hubzilla.
Unlike a centralized platform like facebook you can talk to other federated platforms and with a Nomadic Identity you are never locked permanently to one server , yet you can communicate across to other platforms much in the way that email does. In addition to not being locked.. you never need to give out a new address, you keep in communication when you migrate to another server, plus there are many free servers to use, or you can launch your own instance.