WordPress is currently the most popular CMS for blogging, and there is no doubt as 18% of all websites on Internet are powered by WordPress. When you think of this as a whole, you would realize 18% is a very huge number. WordPress was started as a blogging platform, and with time it evolved itself as a content management system. Now, you can do various things on WordPress, like build an E-commerce portal, a membership site, integrate forum and so on.
It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on all other CMS alternatives of WordPress, as they are equally good, and could be picked up for any of your next project. 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:
5 Simple CMS Alternatives to WordPress
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 7,000 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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