A content management system (CMS) is software that provides website creation, collaboration, and administration tools that help users with little knowledge of programming languages create and manage website content.
One of the things that stands out from this platform is that content management has become easier. CMS platforms usually come with additional formulas that are accompanied by so-called "plugins". Some of them are completely free and some are paid. These plugins are the most advantageous advantages of using this CMS platform.
We can't explain them one by one, but we have summarized some of them that we consider the best platforms and the most preferred by amateur and professional website developers according to the rating on GitHub.
List of CMS Platforms
There are top 5 most used CMS platforms according to the website Wappalyzer.com at the time of this document.
- WordPress (2,768,000 users worldwide). WordPress is a free and open source content management system written in PHP and paired with MySQL or MariaDB databases. Features include a plugin architecture and a template system.
- Drupal (130,000 users worldwide). The Drupal project is open source software licensed under the GNU General Public License v2.0 (
gpl-2.0). Anyone can download, use, work on and share it with others. It is built on principles such as collaboration, globalism, and innovation. It is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). No license fees, forever. Drupal will always be free.
- Joomla (116,000 users worldwide). Joomla! is a free and open source content management system (CMS) for publishing web content. Over the years Joomla! has won several awards.
- Wix (75,700 users worldwide). Wix is a website building platform, and works differently from other Content Management Systems (CMS). Wix does have components and applications that work as part of a CMS, but Wix itself is design-driven and, as such, not a "pure" CMS.
- Squarespace (68,700 users worldwide). Squarespace provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for website creation and hosting, and allows users to use pre-built website templates. Squarespace is just like Wix, it's not a "pure" CMS.
List of CMS for Modern Developers
Some of the CMS that we will mention in the list below may not be so familiar to some people. However, the following CMS platforms are actually very widely used by beginner and professional website developers spread all over the world. It is highly recommended to look for a platform that supports ease of use and many benefits, we think it deserves to be considered in your future better projects.
- Hugo. The world's fastest framework for building websites. Fast and Flexible Static Site Generator made with love by bep, spf13 and many contributors at Go.
- GhostCMS. The #1 headless Node.js CMS for professional publishing.
- Strapi. In its catchphrase "API creation is made simple, secure and fast." strapi seems to have caught the attention of its users as it is the most advanced open-source headless CMS for building reliable APIs without breaking a sweat.
- Halo. Halo is a CMS platform originating from a land known as the "Land of Bamboo Curtains", China. Halo is a modern blog/CMS system that is worth a try. They provide full API content and Admin API, which you can use to develop single page templates, WeChat applets, plug-ins for multiple systems, and so on.
- KeystoneJS. KeystoneJS is an open source framework for developing websites, applications and database-driven APIs in Node.js. Built on top of Express and MongoDB. Currently KeystoneJS has reached version Keystone 6.
- NetlifyCMS. Netlify CMS is an open source content management for Git workflow with any static site generator for faster and more flexible web projects. Netlify CMS excels at speed, security, and scalability of static sites. Netlify CMS is built as a one-page React application.
- Grav. Modern, Crazy Fast, Ridiculously Easy and Amazingly Powerful Flat-File CMS. Grav is a modern open source flat file CMS.
- Directus. Directus wraps new or existing SQL databases with realtime GraphQL+REST APIs for developers, and intuitive admin apps for non-technical users. Directus has a paid commercial plan. But the core web is free with self-hosted.
- Wagtail CMS. Wagtail is a Django-based, open source content management system built by Torchbox. Free, beautiful, versatile and fast. Wagtail is a leading open source CMS that has been used by many including Google, NASA and the UK's NHS, empowering their digital realm with Wagtail. You need to be familiar with the virtual environment and the Django web framework before using it.
- OctoberCMS. October CMS is an award-winning self-hosted platform based on the Laravel PHP Framework. To install it, you need to purchase a very affordable license for one project installation which is $9 per website project for a year of operation.
- Django CMS. Django CMS is a free and open source content management system platform for publishing content. It is an easy-to-use and developer-friendly CMS and a lean enterprise content management platform.
- Gridea. Gridea is a static blogging client to help you build and manage any static blog or site more easily. They offer a new paid edition called Gridea Web. Gridea can be used on MacOS, Windows, and Linux to start projects.
- Tinacms. Tina is an open source editor for the Jamstack site. Tina has a drag and drop visual editing system. Tina is scalable by design, and supports React and Next.js based websites.
- PrestaShop. PrestaShop is an open source e-commerce web application, committed to providing the best shopping cart experience for merchants and customers. It is written in PHP, is highly customizable, supports all major payment services, is translated in many languages and localized for many countries, has a fully responsive design (both front and back office), and so on.
- Wowchemy. Hugo based FREE open source website builder, No Code. Easily create anything using widgets. It is an easy manager of various types of content including homepage, blog posts, publications, lectures, slides, online courses, software documentation, projects and custom pages. Wowchemy even has multilingual support for 15+ languages.
- Pagekit. Pagekit is a modular and lightweight CMS built with modern technology. It is a tool for creating beautiful websites. All wrapped up in a clean and intuitive user interface founded by YOOtheme. Pagekit is published under the MIT license. You are free to modify, share and redistribute it without any restrictions. This gives you real freedom as a developer.
- Ponzu CMS. Ponzu is a powerful and efficient open-source HTTP and CMS server framework. It provides automated, free, and secure HTTP/2 via TLS (a certificate obtained through Let's Encrypt), a CMS and useful scaffolding for generating content editors, and a fast HTTP API for building modern applications.
- OrchardCMS. Orchard Core is an open-source, multi-tenant, modular application framework built with ASP.NET Core, and a content management system (CMS) built on top of that framework.
- Cockpit. Free Simple Content Platform to manage any structured content. It is a self-hosted, api-based CMS platform.
- Qor CMS. Qor is an SDK platform for E-Commerce & CMS development, written in Go (Golang). QOR was designed from the ground up to accelerate the development and deployment of Content Management Systems, E-commerce Systems, and Business Applications. QOR consists of modules that abstract features common to the system. Qor has 2 editions, developer and enterprise that you can choose from.
- Webiny. Webiny is an application framework that adopts serverless. With Wbiny you will easily build GraphQL APIs, React apps, complete administration apps for products, websites or mobile apps. It is a free and open source framework that helps you design, build and deploy solutions on top of a serverless infrastructure.
- BoltCMS. Bolt is an advanced, lightweight & simple CMS released under open source MIT-licence written in PHP. It is based on Silex and Symfony components, using Twig and SQLite, MySQL or PostgreSQL. At the time this document was created Bolt 4 telah dirilis.
- Joomla CMS. Joomla is a Content Management System (CMS) that allows you to build reliable websites and online applications. It is a simple and powerful web server application that requires a server with PHP and MySQL, PostgreSQL or SQL Server to run.
- ApostropheCMS. ApostropheCMS is an open source framework. The core of ApostropheCMS is completely free and open source. An essential component to building a successful website will always be under an open source license. It can be hosted on your own server, giving you complete control over your environment. See our developer documentation for installing the CMS.
- Publii. Publii is a desktop-based CMS for Windows, Mac, and Linux that makes creating static websites quick and hassle-free, even for beginners. Publii provides an easy-to-understand UI much like a server-based CMS like WordPress or Joomla!, where users can create posts and other site content, and style their site using a variety of built-in themes and options. Users can enjoy the benefits of a static website that is super fast and secure, with all the conveniences that a CMS provides.
- Lektor. Lector is a static website generator. Lector builds entire projects from static files to many individual HTML pages and has a built-in admin UI and minimal desktop apps.
- Pico. Pico is a very simple, very fast flat file CMS. With Pico, all your content is stored as "flat files", which is exactly what it sounds like. All your site content is saved as a simple text file. It remains available to modify, edit, organize and migrate as you see fit.
- Umbraco CMS. Umbraco is the friendliest, most flexible and fastest growing ASP.NET CMS, and is used by more than 500,000 websites worldwide. Our mission is to help you provide a great digital experience by making Umbraco friendly, simple and social. Umbraco has 3 edition packages, namely; Umbraco Free (no technical support), Umbraco Professional and Umbraco Company. You can decide to choose between a standalone or a supported CMS.
- DoraCMS. DoraCMS is a set of content management systems based on Nodejs+eggjs+mongodb. DoraCMS has a simple structure and is easier to develop than some of the current open source cms and doracms. It is very suitable for front-end development engineers to do secondary development.
- PyroCMS. PyroCMS is an easy-to-use, powerful and modular CMS and development platform built with Laravel 5. The framework offers a Community edition that is free forever and a paid Pro edition of $25/month.
- ComfortableMexicanSofa. ComfortableMexicanSofa is a powerful Ruby on Rails 5.2+ CMS (Content Management System) Engine. It's a very flexible framework so you can recreate everything by creating a new Rails app.
- CraftCMS. Craft is a flexible and easy-to-use CMS for creating custom digital experiences on the web and beyond. This is a self-hosted PHP application. Cracft CMS has 3 editions, Free, Professional and Enterprise.
- ZkeaCMS. ZkeaCMS is built with .Net 5 (.Net CMS) visual design online editing content management system. Paper shell CMS (ZKEACMS) independently developed by ZKEASOFT, an open source and free website creation system, you can directly use it as a company website, portal website or personal website, blog, or use it for secondary custom development to meet specific needs you need.
- Jekyll Admin. Basically Jekyll is not a CMS framework. Jekyll is a blog-aware static site generator in Ruby. But the Jekyll developers released an admin plugin for the Jekyll application framework that provides users with a traditional CMS-style graphical interface for creating content and managing Jekyll sites. With this plugin, users feel like using a CMS on top of the Jekyll framework.
- Twill. Twill is an open source CMS toolkit for Laravel that helps developers quickly create a custom admin console that is intuitive, powerful and flexible.
- Orchid. RAD based platform for back-office applications, admin/user panels, and dashboards. Orchid is a free Laravel package that abstracts standard business logic and enables fast code-driven application development for back office applications, admin/user panels, and dashboards.
- LavaLite. LavaLite is a multilingual PHP CMS framework built with Laravel and Bootstrap. It's a free and open source framework.
- SmartStoreNET. Smartstore is not a pure CMS, but Smartstore can be a solution for CMS framework users. Smartstore is a free, open source, full-featured e-commerce solution for companies of any size. Smartstore is a comprehensive set of tools for CRM & CMS, sales, marketing, payment & shipping handling and so on, making Smartstore a powerful all-in-one solution that meets all the needs of its users.
- Lin CMS. Lin CMS is a CMS development framework built with Vue and ElementPlus. However at the time this document was created, Lin CMS had already implemented versions of Python, Node.js and Java. Lin CMS is a CMS solution with "front-end" and "back-end" separation. This means that Lin CMS not only provides back-end support, but also has a suitable front-end system.
- Pimcore. Pimcore is an open source data management & experience platform (PIM, MDM, CDP, DAM, DXP/CMS and digital commerce). Pimcore is available as both an Open Source Community Edition and a paid Enterprise Subscription. innovative software for enterprise data center management, which is immediately displayed on websites, online stores, applications and digital B2C/B2B portals without delay. Work in a comfortable user interface with our modules for PIM, MDM, DAM, CDP, DXP/CMS and Digital Commerce. Pimcore Platform™ empowers companies to improve their marketing, sales operations, digital commerce and customer experience.