The world’s most popular content management system, WordPress, is designed to be a user-friendly way for you to update and optimize your website, which in turn can lead to higher profits for your business. While WordPress might be the most well-known CMS on the market, that might not always make it the best for your business. So what if you want to use an alternative platform to WordPress when building your site? First, you would need to know a bit about your site and what your CMS is going to need to do for you. For instance, you couldn’t even dream of running a multi-level ecommerce site on a basic blogging content manager. Before you say hello to your new site CMS, here are some of the leading alternatives to WordPress and why you might want to consider checking them out.
Umbraco is an open source content management system with complete design flexibility. Umbraco can power websites ranging from small business Fortune 1,000's companies. It's easy to learn and use, making it perfect for users will all levels of technical skill. Umbraco has an active and welcoming community of users around the world and is backed up by a rock-solid commercial organization providing support and tools. Umbraco is used by some of the biggest companies in the world, so you know you're in good company: Microsoft, WIRED Magazine, Heinz, Vogue, SanDisk, Speedo ... just to name a few.
Before you ever get started using Pulse CMS, you’ll probably notice that it has one big difference from other leading CMS software: it doesn’t run on a database. Instead, you’ll start with a static website where you define editable blocks. Using the Pulse CMS web interface, you can then make edits to those blocks. This one might be more for the developers, but it is certainly a unique alternative to the tried and true WordPress system. If you want a handcrafted experience or something that you can create and hand off to your own clients to be edited, this is the content management platform for you.
What if you aren’t really trying to run a business, but instead want to promote a cause, document a life, or even just tell a story to an audience? Ghost is a much more blogging and publishing friendly CMS, if you’re willing to forego flexibility. The platform is lightweight and completely open source, but lacks the unending plugins seen in WordPress. Similar to WordPress, this CMS also offers themes that you can use to change how your website looks to browsers, which gives you a little flexibility when it comes to updating your site. And for those who like a bundle, there is a paid hosted version of this software available as well.
Drupal is one of the Big Three when it comes to content management platforms. The company holds a 4.7% market share. This makes WordPress look like a beginner’s guide to proper content management software. Not nearly as beginner friendly as WordPress, Drupal does still offer you the ability to add modules and themes to improve your site both visually and technically. However, beginners could find themselves struggling to create the striking websites that the content management system is capable of producing. While Drupal can give you advantages like more control over user access and permissions and handling huge amounts of data, it is probably best left to developers who already understand the benefits of Drupal over WordPress.
Currently the second most widely used CMS, Joomla doesn’t even come close to the number of WordPress users, which is about 60% of the market. But Joomla is still the most similar to WordPress in that it is a core software which allows the user to extend the website with templates. Joomla even has its own page builders, among other crossover tools that WordPress users might be familiar with. And this CMS has some benefits that aren’t available straight out of the box with other content management platforms. For instance, Joomla modules can be assigned more flexibly; including assigning modules to specific menu items. Joomla also comes as a multilingual platform without the need for translator plugins. While these points are what keep Joomla at a strong second to WordPress, they still can’t beat the software’s two main factors: it’s incredibly easy to use and it’s overloaded with possibilities.