WordPress is currently the most popular CMS for blogging. We recently published an article on why WordPress is the best CMS for your new website. After promoting the article to our Twitter followers we had a couple of people suggest that limiting yourself just to WordPress is a mistake and that there are many great alternatives out there. So on behalf of all those who are flying the flag for less popular or well-known CMS’s, here are our Top 5 alternative CMS solutions:
Umbraco now boasts more than 85,000 installations and is now in the top five most popular server applications. It is built on Microsoft’s .NET technology and is a CMS for .NET developers. Umbraco state on their website that “Umbraco is the choice of many organizations because of its no-cost, open-source licensing, its simplicity, and its unlimited potential.”
Joomla! is one of the biggest rivals of WordPress. The community for Joomla is very active, there are over 3,000 Joomla extensions. You can find an extension for just about anything and there are lots of themes to choose from. The biggest stumbling block before choosing to use Joomla is that you’ll need to pay for most plugins and themes.
Here are some examples of what you can do with this CMS: www. sensointeriors.co.za and www.outdoorphotographer.com
This list would not be complete without Drupal. Drupal 7 has recently been launched providing what they say will be an “easier, more flexible and more scalable” CMS. Their community is great, if you ever get stuck or have a question it will normally be answered very quickly on the Drupal forum.
SilverStripe is similar to WordPress but it is more suitable for content management rather than blogging. They are currently working hard to translate their CMS and application framework into dozens of languages which will perhaps see this CMS’s user base grow much more rapidly. SilverStrip has a reputation for being particularly good on the SEO side of things as well.
GetSimple is an XML based CMS that has a brilliant user interface that is extremely simple to use. It’s easy to install and customise and although it may not have all the features that large companies require, it does more than enough for the needs of most companies in the SME sector. There are many simple CMS’s being released at the moment and it is a busy market, however, I think GetSimple offers enough to stand out for the crowd.
Do let us know which is your choice of CMS solution? Do you prefer WordPress or any other WordPress alternatives mentioned above?
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