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5 Free Self-Hosting WordPress Alternatives

By now most people know WordPress as the most popular content management system (CMS) around. It’s free, customizable, and has tons of plugins. But, one thing about the internet is there’s always plenty of options for those who like to be different (and in many cases for good reason). Here’s my top 5 WordPress alternatives for bloggers and web developers alike.

(listed in random order, front-end and back-end screenshots shown)

1. Silverstripe

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

silverstripe front end

silverstripe backend

2. Joomla

Joomla is one of the world’ s most popular open source CMS platform. With millions of websites running on Joomla, the software is used by individuals, small & medium-sized businesses as well as large organizations worldwide due to its ease of use in creating and building a variety of websites & web-enabled applications.

joomla front end

jooma backend

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. With Symphony, you can build just about anything, and that’s what sets it apart from most other CMSs. Instead of making all kinds of assumptions about your content and what you’ll be doing with it, Symphony gives you the tools to make those decisions for yourself.

symphony cms front end

symphony cms back end

4. Impress Pages

Accoring to ImpressPages – We decided to focus our efforts on the development of user-friendly solution in order to make the management of the website as simple as possible. Quite soon we made a conclusion that the only way out is to automate the process.

One of the most difficult tasks was to find a proper balance of functions performed by developer and user. Flexibility was the road to our success. The style may be defined by developer and automatically applied for all the changes made by administrator. We decided to offer a maximum range of tools for developer and simplified tools for user.

impress pages front end

impress pages back end

5. Drupal

Drupal is an open source CMS platform powering millions of websites and applications. It’s built, used, and supported by an active and diverse community of people around the world. Personally, Drupal is my favorite CMS which I use for must of my freelance work.

Drupal front end

Drupal back end

What CMS solution do you prefer? If you think one belongs on this list, let us know in the comments below!

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One Response to 5 Free Self-Hosting WordPress Alternatives

  1. Pieter March 29, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Another good one is Cotonti.

    Cotonti combines the flexibility of a web framework with the rapid deployability and featureset of a content management system. Despite having features such as user accounts, content creation, file management and community tools out of the box, it can be easily extended using modules or plugins. Cotonti is powered by its own template engine which is both fast and easy to learn, even if you are not an experienced programmer.

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