15 Alternatives to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal Worth Checking

I’m sure most of you are familiar with various CMS’ like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress that are used for designing a mobile website. And since these content management systems which are well known worldwide help us build a mobile website design, we are not going to talk about them.This post is dedicated to great content management systems alternatives to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal that have some nice features and can be useful in future projects.

1. ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is a commercial product built on an Open Source foundation, giving you the best of both worlds. As a commercial product, ExpressionEngine is supported by a team of committed developers and technical support specialists. – ExpressionEngine

2. Textpattern

Textpattern is an elegant content management system that is free, open source software. Web designers, developers, publishers and bloggers love its flexibility and extensibility. It has a powerful, sophisticated engine that can be infinitely tuned to suit whatever type of web site you can imagine. Textpattern

3. Symphony CMS

Symphony is a web-based content management system (CMS) that enables users to create and manage websites and web applications of all shapes and sizes – from the simplest of blogs to bustling news sites and feature-packed social networks. – Symphony Cms

4. CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple™ is an open source ( GPL) package first released in July 2004. Its built using PHP that provides website developers with a simple, easy to use utility to allow building small-ish (dozens to hundreds of pages), semi-static websites. – CMSMadeSimple

5. Concrete5

Anyone can start making their own website in seconds, and the editing experience is easy; just click on what you want to change. Developers still get a flexible and robust framework for building sophisticated web applications. With concrete5, however, site owners will be able to make changes and additions on their own, for years to come. – Concrete5

6. Website Baker

Create new templates within minutes – powered by (X)HTML, CSS and jQuery. With WebsiteBaker it’s quite natural your site is W3C-valid, SEO-friendly and accessible – there are no limitations at all. Use droplets – the new and revolutionary way of inserting PHP code – everywhere you want. – WebsiteBaker

7. Umbraco

Umbraco is a free, open-source web cms built on the Microsoft .NET Framework. It is easy to use, simple to understand, and is highly extensible using industry-standard languages and patterns such as HTML, CSS, jQuery, and C#. Umbraco is powerful and flexible whether you’re a cutting-edge designer or a hard-core code junkie. – Umbraco

8. Contao

Contao has an intuitive user interface that uses Ajax and Web 2.0 technologies for optimal usability. Multiple back end languages and themes, a powerful permission system, versioning and undo management, advanced search and sorting options or the Live Update Service are just a few of many features that make Contao stand out from other CMS. The Contao front end is 100% template based and generates accessible XHTML strict output that meets the W3C/WAI requirements. – Contao

9. Plone CMS

Plone is excellent for application oriented jobs and Your Average PHP/Java CMS™ is good for page oriented jobs. If users of the system need to add, modify, and delete content, or if the content is not always table oriented, but requires a process, a workflow, and complex content types with business logic, Plone may be a better choice. – Plone


XOOPS is a web application platform written in PHP for the MySQL database. Its object orientation makes it an ideal tool for developing small or large community websites, intra company and corporate portals, weblogs and much more. – XOOPS

11. MODX

MODx provides a powerful framework on which to deploy and secure your website and web applications. For example, it gives you a true system for registered web users and groups that is separate from administration users. For content management, you can easily duplicate documents, folders (and all their children!), chunks and snippets. Most significant, though, is MODx’s ability to empower you to quickly and easily create and maintain a rich and dynamic website like never before. – MODx

12. Silverstripe

SilverStripe CMS is an open source web content management system used by governments, businesses, and non-profit organisations around the world. It is a power tool for professional web development teams, and web content authors rave about how easy it is to use. – SilverStripe

13. PyroCMS

PyroCMS is easy to use, looks great and uses some smart caching to keep everything running smoothly. It can be easily extended with Modules, Widgets, and Plugins which are easy to make thanks to CodeIgniter; and it can be customized with Themes, which are basic HTML with a few tags in place. – PyroCMS

14. GetSimple CMS

GetSimple is an XML based lite Content Management System. To go along with it’s best-in-class user interface, we have loaded it with features that every website needs, but with nothing it doesn’t. GetSimple is truly the simplest way to manage a small-business website. – GetSimple CMS

15. FuelCMS

FUEL CMS was built for developers that like to work in the CodeIgniter framework and need a lightweight, highly customizable CMS for their clients that integrates nicely with their code. If you are looking for a CMS first and are not familiar with CodeIgniter or comfortable writing code, then FUEL may not be a right fit. – FuelCMS

Other Alternatives

Do you have other CMS’ that you work with? Please comment and share with us your preferred content management system. Cheers!

20 ideas on “15 Alternatives to WordPress, Joomla and Drupal Worth Checking

  1. Maik Jablonski

    Have a look at Jease (http://www.jease.org/). Jease is a Ajax-driven CMS with support for drag&drop which allows to create highly customized websites with the full power, safety and performance of Java. Therefore Jease can handle several thousand concurrent requests per second on decent hardware.

    • Andy Gongea

      Hey Maik, thanks for providing this interesting CMS. I must admit that I’m not that into Java based CMS but I will take some time and check the demo.

  2. andreas

    Have a look at elxis cms too.
    Elxis features http://www.elxis.org/elxis-features.html

  3. Sorin

    Here’s another open source one http://apostrophenow.com/

  4. Nitin Lakhwani

    Nice List,Andy just tried out Xoops looks preety cool.

  5. Sebastiaan van der Vliet

    Hi Andy, I think eZ Publish should be included on your list as well: http://share.ez.no

  6. Chris Graham

    Don’t forget ocPortal, http://ocportal.com/

    We always miss these lists for whatever reason, but we are very highly rated in general, have a passionate community, and are the top rated for built-in features on cms-matrix.

    Check us out!

  7. Mathias Biilmann

    Take a look at http://www.webpop.com – It’s a fully hosted CMS made for professional designers.

    It makes it easy to grab a static html/css site, make it dynamic and turn it over to a client without ever compromising on the design.

    Will be happy to give you a beta invite if you’re interested in taking a look…

    • Andy Gongea

      It looks very promising. I love how the text editor looks. Keep up the great work!

    • Giselle Hobbs

      Hello Mathias,

      would you be able to send me a beta invite please? This looks great and I’d love to have a play around to see if it would be suitable for my students!

      My email is my full name (at) g mail.


      • Mathias Biilmann

        You should have one in your inbox by now :)

  8. Adam

    I have to add http://processwire.com too, very cool CMS

  9. hennaheto

    You Plone screen shot is from an old version, they are now on Plone 4, it looks like http://plone.org/products/plone/features/sunburst.png/image_view_fullscreen

  10. rasvec

    Recently found another neat CMS called Impress Pages (http://www.impresspages.org/). It has some really neat inline editing features which seem to be modeled after another commercial CMS. Haven’t used it for a project yet but hoping to soon.

  11. dave

    Great list Andy, thanks for sharing it.

  12. Martin

    Nice description of the various CMS systems. Its quite a jungle at the moment with the amount of different CMS systems offered.

  13. Download Keylogger

    Andy, it is good list of CMS. But are they worth better than using WordPress or Drupal for building websites for commercial usage? Which one you would recommend for?

    • Andy Gongea

      Considering the fact that ExpressionEngine is a commercial product, will give you the most value and a valid reason for a much higher project price, EE would be my choice.

      I also see and increasing interest in ModX, PyroCMS. It depends on the technology you want to create the site too. If you want Microsoft based technologies, Umbraco may be the best choice.

  14. Moto Flash CMS

    Hello there! You can also try our SEO-friendly Moto Flash CMS.

  15. Reality Dodge

    Food for thought I guess, but I do love my WordPress