Alternatives for the Content Management Systems you are using!

Alternatives for the Content Management Systems you are using!

10 Alternatives for Content Management Systems you are using!

There are many CMS (Content Management Systems) available, but what are the best? It’s hard to say which one you should use, we made a list of the top 10 Content Management Systems available online. Each system has advantages, but also disadvantages… It’s always a choice between the pro’s and the contra’s…

It’s very important to known the purpose of your website : technical support page , online magazine portal, product review website, blog, professional – enterprise website, commercial project, … Every CMS system will have different focus, make sure you are aware of the different options each system is bringing.

What is a CMS (Content Management System) according to Wikipedia?

A Content Management System (CMS) is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content as well as maintenance from a central interface. Such systems of content management provide procedures to manage workflow in a collaborative environment. These procedures can be manual steps or an automated cascade.



WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet’s “top 1 million” websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web.

WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
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Joomla is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing content on the World Wide Web and intranets and a model–view–controller (MVC) Web application framework that can also be used independently.
Joomla is written in PHP, uses object-oriented programming (OOP) techniques (since version 1.5) and software design patterns, stores data in a MySQL or (since version 2.5) MS SQL database,[6] and includes features such as page caching, RSS feeds, printable versions of pages, news flashes, blogs, polls, search, and support for language internationalization.

As of March 2012, Joomla has been downloaded over 30 million times. Over 6,000 free and commercial extensions are available from the official Joomla! Extension Directory, and more are available from other sources. It is estimated to be the second most used CMS on the Internet after WordPress.

Joomla is both free and priceless at the same time.
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Drupal is a free and open-source content management framework (CMF) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License. It is used as a back-end system for at least 2.1% of all websites worldwide ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including and It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration.

Drupal is both free and priceless at the same time.
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SilverStripe is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for creating and maintaining websites. It provides an out of the box web-based administration panel that enables users to make modifications to parts of the website, which includes a WYSIWYG website editor. The core of the software is SilverStripe Framework, a PHP Web application framework.

SilverStripe is both free and priceless at the same time.
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CushyCMS is a Content Management Systems (CMS) that is very simple, it’s free for unlimited users, unlimited changes, unlimited pages and unlimited sites. The possibilities are rather limited, due to it’s simple setup and usage it let’s you create websites in no time.

Cushycms is both free and priceless at the same time.
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Frog CMS


Frog CMS simplifies content management by offering an elegant user interface, flexible templating per page, simple user management and permissions, as well as the tools necessary for file management. Born as phpRadiant in January 2007, Frog CMS is a PHP version of Radiant CMS, a well known Ruby on Rails application. Although the two applications still share a family resemblance, Frog is charting its own development path.

Frog CMS is both free and priceless at the same time.
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MODX is a free, open source content management system and web application framework for publishing content on the world wide web and intranets. MODX is licensed under the GPL, is written in the PHP programming language, and supports MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server as the database. It was awarded Packt Publishing’s Most Promising Open Source Content Management System in 2007.

MODx is both free and priceless at the same time.
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Contao | TYPOLight


Contao is an open source content management system (CMS) for people who want a professional internet presence that is easy to maintain. The state-of-the-art structure of the system offers a high security standard and allows you to develop search engine friendly websites that are also accessible for people with disabilities. Furthermore, the system can be expanded flexibly and inexpensively. Easy management of user rights, the Live Update Service, the modern CSS framework and many already integrated modules (news, calendar, forms, etc.) have quickly made Contao one of the most popular open source content management systems on the market.

Contao is both free and priceless at the same time.
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dotCMS is a free software / open source web content management system (wCMS) for building/managing websites, content and content driven web applications. dotCMS includes features such as support for virtual hosting, WebDav, structured content, clustering and can run on multiple databases PostgreSQL, MySQL, MSSQL and Oracle. It also includes standard wCMS features like page caching, templating, and an API. There are a number of features and modules in dotCMS, including RSS feeds, AJAX calendar, a reporting engine, news listing, blogs, forums, user tracking and tagging, built in search engine and language internationalization to name a few.

DotCMS is both free and priceless at the same time.
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ExpressionEngine is a modular content management system developed by EllisLab. The current version is 2.5.5. Unlike similar content management systems, ExpressionEngine requires no advanced knowledge of a programming language, but adopts its own templating syntax.
ExpressionEngine is a commercial product, but has a free “core” version available for personal and non-profit websites, albeit with fewer features.[4] Although a license fee is required to use the full version of ExpressionEngine, it does not provide access to EllisLab’s support plans which must be purchased separately.
Sites built with ExpressionEngine adopt the unique concept of channels, which is often described as a ‘type of thing’. This allows web developers to more closely model the real-world. For example, a small business website may have channels for text pages, products and blog posts.[5] More traditional content management systems can be developed to emulate this behavior but often do not out-of-the-box. For example by default WordPress only support ‘posts’ and ‘pages’

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