40+ Best WordPress Alternatives Open Source CMS and Blogging Platforms

Nobody can disagree that WordPress is the best blogging Platform out there. In fact it is the most used blogging platform and CMS out there but it should be known that WordPress is not the ONLY Blogging Platform and CMS. I am sure many bloggers out there think that they can use only WordPress to create their blogs or websites but it is wrong. There are in fact, hundreds of WordPress alternatives out there which gives stiff competition to WordPress.

In this post, we will try to learn more about the other alternatives to WordPress that you may want to try out in our upcoming projects.


I know you are probably thinking this in your mind. Yep! I agree, WordPress is robust, WordPress is easy to learn, WordPress has a huge community to support it, WordPress has a huge plugins and themes repository which will help you convert WordPress into any kind of site/blog that you may want BUT there may still be reasons why WordPress is not the best option for your blog or site. Some of which may be:

Maybe WordPress just does not suit your requirements. It may just not fit in your needs
WordPress being too popular attracts a huge amount of spam. many bloggers would not want to deal with that.
WordPress popularity has also made it a target point for hackers, since the code is easily available for the developers as well as the hackers.
WordPress was developed as a blogging platform and using it as a CMS certainly has a lot of disadvantages. Why not use other full fledged CMS?


Below is the list of WordPress Alternatives CMS that gives WordPress a run for their money. Each of these CMS systems (WordPress Alternatives) have a huge community behind them and a lot of plugins and themes in their repository.


If you have been around for long enough then you probably have already heard about the name Joomla. Joomla is a robust and an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla one of the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.


Drupal is an open source Content Management System that can create anything to a small blog to a large community website. You can even create discussion websites, corporate pages, personal blogs, directories and even social networking sites – all in a breeze.


Movable Type is a powerful all-in-one tool that lets you create blogs and entire websites with one platform. Being flexible with themes and plugins, you can really do anything with Movable Type! Movable Type is free, but for those who need a larger amount of support (like a business), Movable Type Pro comes with more features – and is not free.


Habari is a free blogging system that, although is still new – proves to be a safe, firm, and well-rounded solution for many. Called the ‘future of blogging’, this flexible system is well on its way to being a huge force in the CMS market. Habari gets its name from a Swahili Word that means “whats the news”. A feature that makes Habari unique is its built-in importers for Serendipity and WordPress, so it’s easy to make the change.


Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. It’s designed for causal bloggers but plugin and development options are available that allow it to be tweaked for your purpose. This platform has native anti-spam support, nested categories and comment threads that offer it unusual functionality.


Textpattern is a robust CMS. It’s most useful for blogs, although full sites can and have been created with Textpattern as well. It happens to be quite flexible – you can create almost anything with plugins and a custom sections and styling. Personally, I would only recommend this to people who have dealt with PHP and other CMS’s before; although using Textpattern is fairly easy to learn.


LifeType is an open-source blogging platform with support for multiple blogs and users in a single installation. LifeType provides a brilliant WYSIWYG interface that makes publishing content a cinche. LifeType features integration for media that’s great for images, podcasts, and video. The anti-spam filter built in to LifeType takes the headache out of managing spam, so bloggers can do what they want – blog – rather than mess with spam.


b2evolution is a powerful, but basic platform that has photo management, multiple blog support, skins and plugin support as part of its default installation. Add news feeds, trackbacks, feedbacks, and localization and you have yourself a powerful blogging platform that even advanced bloggers will appreciate. Businesses can use b2evolution as a powerful Web CMS that can manage product information, blogs, wikis, downloads, and workflow to present a unified Web presence to customers.


FlatPress is an open source blogging system that does not need a database to work. This means that those without access to MySQL databases finally have a blogging system to fit their needs!With FlatPress, there are widgets and plugins to make your site as unique as you want it to be.


The following WordPress alternative CMS platforms are either new comers or do not have that huge of a fan following as the above mentioned Content Management Systems.

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GetSimple CMS

Frog CMS

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Radiant CMS








Plone CMS


Pods CMS



Ruubik CMS


Hotaru CMS







Sweet Rice




Pixie CMS

You may have noticed that I have not mentioned platforms like Blogger, Tumblr and Posterous because those are all hosted platforms, We are all discussing here only about self hosted platforms, applications which can be installed in your own server and used and modified according to your own will.

Also, I have only mentioned Open Source Content Management Systems (CMS) and Blogging Platforms to WordPress, there are other paid CMS platforms too which give WordPress a good competition.

Have you ever used any of the platforms mentioned above. If so can you share your experience with us in the comments

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