WordPress may be the ten-gallon hat and eight-hundred pound gorilla of Content Management Systems (or CMS, for the tech-savvy and initiated) but that doesn’t mean it’s the only kid on the block. In fact, there are quite a few other PHP-based management systems out there that are more than capable of getting the job done. We’ve compiled a few of our favorites here, and as long as you’re feeling brave enough to go outside the box, we’ve got the roadmap.
We know Geeklog may not look the prettiest, but this CMS is every bit as functional as WordPress and then some. Popular sites like Mac OS X hints have been using it for years, in case you need a reference. Geeklog is a ninja when it comes to mySQL, PostgreSQL and Microsoft SQL, as well as content syndication, mass user deletion, forums, and multi-language support. Not to mention the word “geek” is in the title, which tickles our pickle five ways to Sunday.
This CMS has been garnering an immense amount of attention for its ease of use and feature-rich editing. The system allows users to edit pages directly from the management software without having to go through any kind of complex administrative filter. Even images can be mangled straight from the source, making it easier than ever to manipulate your media. Not to mention that concrete5 is completely free and open-source, meaning you’re free to soak your hands in its code any day you’re feeling particularly daring.
Ah, Drupal! It’s been reported that this CMS is being used by one in every 66 sites around the world, including some heavyweight, multi-national government institutions. It’s a weighty offering, and one that’s every bit as feature-rich as WordPress. It works with every kind of database server you can think of, and is also compatible with every operating system known to man. Not to mention its huge list of features, including multi-user file editing, multiple sites, and massively useful security restrictions. Drupal also supports one of the best user communities around (a fact touted by the developer often) making it accessible and and functional, especially when issues arrive.
That’s all we’ve got for you today! If you’re still suckling the WordPress source, maybe you’ll look into a few of our other favorites for future projects. No matter where you go, though, quality CMS isn’t hard to find. Whether open-source code, a massive user community, or a gorgeous user interface is your kick, you can always find something to match.
Feel free to post a comment if we left any killer WordPress alternatives out!