Well… everyone knows WordPress, it’s the most popular CMS in the World and from my knowledge, it powers more than 26% of the internet websites. It has a lot of plugins, features, themes, twicks and online support from the developers.
There is no doubt, WordPress is in the first position, but there are plenty of alternatives, as you will see blow, I listed 12 of them.
Note: all this WordPress alternative cms’s are free to use and also provide good functionality. So if you want to try something new with your test sites, then this article is for you.
Some of the CMS’s listed below power portfolio websites and some bloggers websites, and people who are fascinated by writing on their site.
TYPO3 – free open source CMS, created by Kasper Skaarhoj, and it’s licensed under GPL/GNU.
This wonderful content management system (CMS) is for both developers and site owners. It has a little bit of both in it.
What I like about it, is: it has an in-context editing toolbar, which makes it quite easy for webmasters to navigate the live site.
A MVC architecture and API will help any developer to easily build their websites on this beautiful CMS.
Middleman – a site generator with shortcuts and tools from the modern web development. Give it a try, I am sure it will not disappoint you.
SCM (Simple Content Management) for web designers, photographers, artists and musicians.
Drupal is the third most popular CMS in the world, powering millions of websites and applications.
It has a very active and diverse community. I’d say give it a try when you have a free time, just to check it how it moves, check the modules and themes.
GetSimple – free open source Simple CMS, which uses flat XML for speed. It has the best-in-class UI, and you can learn it very easily in a few hours.
It doesn’t have a database, but it has a powerful plugin system, giving you an open filed of experiments and unlimited expansion.
This CMS is open source, light-weight CMS and it has social publishing. Its getting more and more popular.
Zotonic – build with Erlang, it’s a high speed open source and real-time web framework CMS.
It’s extensible, flexible – all in all, it’s designed from the ground up to support dynamic websites and mobile solutions.
Exponent CMS – based on MySQL, Exponent Framework and PHP, is an open source Content Management System – dynamic with Enterprise Level Content Management features.
ImpressCMS – one of the best web development communities which makes it easy for you to build and manage a dynamic site.
Update your website with this easy to use, secure and flexible system.
Jaws – CMS and Framework for dynamic websites. It’s user friendly, easy to customize your website with it.
Also it’s developer friendly, allowing you to hack in the modules.
Easy to use CMS, create static websites adding a CSS class.