15 of the world’s finest content manage systems that are not WordPress


A few years ago WordPress was such a hot topic of discussion. It had sent thousands of people raving about it- young and old alike. Well, it is hard to tell exactly what WordPress is all about considering that it is used by people for all sorts of reasons. There are those who use it solely as the blogging platform of which it was meant for. Others are employing it as a content management system (CMS). Many are the web developers who refute the fact that WordPress is CMS. Be that as it may, there is no denying that it is a very famous platform.

Perhaps it would be great to explain what a content management system is before going any further into this article. At the most basically level, a CMS is a computer application which is used for publishing, editing, modification, organizing and deleting of content. It also allows for maintenance from one central interface. These systems avail procedures for the management of workflow in collaborative environments. So, is WordPress a CMS or not? This is a topic to debate upon some other time. For now here are some CMS alternatives to WordPress.

  1. Zotonic

This is one of the best in the market currently. It is a personal favorite CMS for many people because it is so easy to use. The same cannot be said about a bunch of other CMS. It is just totally user-unfriendly. With Zotonic, you get a fast, flexible, extensible and complete system that is perfect for the dynamic web sites. It is built from scratch using an array of excellent internet applications and paying close consideration to web publishing.

  1. Pods CMS Framework

As a CMS framework, Pods gives you the opportunity to add as well as display your own types of content. It is not similar to WordPress custom post types as each of the content types is accorded its own table.

  1. Drupal


You can never mention WordPress without invoking Drupal and Joomla in the conversation as well. Drupal supports a variety of websites from large E-commerce sites to personal blogs.

  1. Deploy CMS

If there is a CMS that comes highly favored by designers and code gurus it must be the Deploy CMS. This is the platform for those who wish to build better websites each time they use it.

  1. Plone CMS

This open source content management system ranks among the top 2% open source projects in the world. It comes with a staggering 340 core developers and some 300 solution providers located in 57 countries. Can it get any better than that?

  1. HiFi CMS

When this content management system is launched, people are assured of faster, less complicated and powerful web publishing. When one thinks of creating a website, they have specific goals and purposes in mind. To get the work done you have to start with a design which is then transformed to CSS, HTML and JavaScript. Afterwards the design is placed on the CMS which is handed over to a webmaster. This process is ridiculously lengthy and so it is no surprise that sometimes the final thing does not look anything like the original vision. However, HiFi CMS is set to make such issues simpler.

  1. GetSimple CMS

This is an open source content management system which employs the speed of XML. The best thing about it is that it is user-friendly and very convenient compared to WordPress and other similar platforms.

  1. Wolf CMS


Also an open source CMS. Wolf CMS makes content management so much easier by providing a simple yet very sophisticated user interface. Accompanying it is the flexible template editor per page, efficient tools for file management plus effortless user management and permissions.

  1. Light CMS

Light CMS should probably be at position one in this list. It is meant for designers and it gives incredibly good design flexibility. You can design websites with HTML/CSS standards effortlessly. On top of that Light CMS gives you the opportunity to create your web design business by offering you fantastic reselling tools.

  1. Surreal CMS

This one is really unreal in terms of quality. It is the product of serious planning and excellent execution. As a hosted content management system, Surreal CMS was build specifically for website designers. If you are a designer you will get the opportunity to manage all your websites from one convenient spot while giving your clients the freedom to access and safely edit their content. The most surreal part of it all is that there are no files for you to download and/or install.

  1. PageLime

Few are the content management systems that are developed to make designers’ lives easier. PageLime is one of the few that actually make work easier. There is no time to waste and you will not waste any with this CMS. It allows your clients to manage their own content. There are no installations to carry out or coding to integrate. All you need to do is add the CMS-editable CSS class to whatever HTML element that is on your site. The rest of the work will be done by PageLime.

  1. Unify

This is one of the simplest content editors under the sun. It is completely user-friendly and it comes with a 1-step installation that takes less than a minute to complete. What can be edited by this program? You can define that by easily adding a class. You can edit right from your website. Simply log onto the site and do the editing.

  1. Symphony

This is an open source CMS that gives web developers and designers total control over the structures of data, URL schemas and so much more. It is also incredibly easy to use.

  1. Joomla


An award-winning CMS, Joomla is comprehensive. In fact the name is just a corruption of the Swahili word jumla which means comprehensive. This CMS comes armed with powerful features that make website building effortless. The fact that it is free to everyone makes things even better.

  1. Radiant CMS

Well, this one is truly radiant. It is a simple and very convenient open source content management system that is designed for use by small team.


There are many reasons that make one choose a given content management system over the other. These reasons are well informed by ones expectations and the purpose of the website.


Author Bio

Jack Dawson is a web developer and UI/UX specialist at BigDropInc.com. He works at a design, branding and marketing firm, having founded the same firm 9 years ago. He likes to share knowledge and points of view with other developers and consumers on platforms.