17 Free Content Management Systems For Better Content Handling


17 Free Content Management Systems For Better Content Handling
Every one that wishes to start a website or a blog needs a way to manage content. Content Management System (CMS) is found and created to fulfill this task for you. Content Management Systems is designed to simplify the publication of web content to websites and blogs, allowing content creators to submit content without requiring technical knowledge of HTML or the uploading of files. Several content management systems exist both in the Open Source and commercial domains. In this article I collected 17 free to use content management systems that will make your content creation process an easier task.

1. WordPress

WordPress started as just a blogging system, but has evolved to be used as full content management system and so much more through the thousands of plugins, widgets, and themes available to suit your needs. WordPress is also free and open source CMS and it is considered one of the most used content management systems out there and I might dare to say it is ruling out there. It uses PHP as a server side language and MySQL as a database.

2. mojoPortal

mojoPortal is a free and open source content management system built using the Microsoft ASP.NET and supports various databases like MySQL, MS SQL and PostgreSQL. It comes with a lot of built in features such as: Image Gallery, Event Calendar, Polls, Blogs, Forums and many more.

3. Drupal

Drupal is a free and open source content management system that allows an individual, a community of users, or an enterprise to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website.

4. Joomla

Joomla is a free content management system, which enables you to build web sites and online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla one of the most popular content management systems available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone. It has many built in features but if that’s not enough you can take a look at the 4000+ extensions from the community.

5. Pligg

Pligg is a free and open source content management system. Pligg CMS provides social networking software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users. You can create websites where stories are created and voted on by members, not website editors. Use Pligg content management system to start your own social networking community in minutes.

6. SilverStripe

SilverStripe is an open source and free content management system. Besides their feature rich CMS they developed Sapphire which is an object-oriented PHP5 web framework designed to let you either build standalone applications or extend your SilverStripe CMS-powered site.

7. Plone

Plone is a powerful, flexible Content Management solution that is easy to install, use and extend. Plone is created for non-technical users to create and maintain information using only a web browser. Perfect for web sites or intranets, Plone offers superior security without sacrificing extensibility or ease of use for non-technical users.

8. BlogEngine.NET

BlogEngine.NET is an open source and free .NET blogging engine that was created to offer a better blog platform. A blog platform with less complexity, easy customization, and one that takes advantage of the latest .NET features. BlogEngine.NET was designed using the current .NET framework and focused on simplicity, ease of extendability, and innovative features. despite it packs a lot of built in features along with extensions available by the community it still lacks attention for the little details that is found in other content management system.

9. Symphony

Symphony is XSLT-powered open source content management system. Symphony leverages open standards like XML and XSLT, and good old XHTML and CSS. Even the admin interface employs the widely-used jQuery library, so extension developers don’t have to learn a whole new framework when extending the back end. Symphony is comprised of discrete, fully configurable components. Its data, logic, and templating layers are all independent, meaning that whatever you implement can be modified, added, or removed with minimum effort.

10. sNews

sNews is a completely free, standards compliant, PHP and MySQL driven Content Management System. sNews is extremely lightweight, simple and customizable. It’s easy to install, and use via a simple web interface. sNews consists of only one core engine file, one independent template file and its accompanying CSS stylesheet file, plus an .htaccess file that makes all URLs search engine friendly.

11. CushyCMS

CushyCMS is a Content Management Systems that is truly simple. It’s free for unlimited users, unlimited changes, unlimited pages and unlimited sites. It’s built from the ground up with ease of use in mind – for both content editors and designers. It’s such a simple CMS that it takes less than 3 minutes for a web designer to implement. No PHP or ASP required for this CMS. If you can add CSS classes to HTML tags then you can implement CushyCMS. It’s also a hosted CMS, so no installation or maintenance is needed either.

12. Frog CMS

Frog CMS simplifies content management by offering an elegant user interface, flexible templating per page, simple user management and permissions, as well as the tools necessary for file management. Born as phpRadiant in January 2007, Frog CMS is a PHP version of Radiant CMS. Frog CMS requires PHP, a MySQL database or SQLite.

13. Radiant

Radiant is an open source content management system designed for small teams. It is built using Ruby on Rails and using the SQLite as a database.

14. MediaCore

MediaCore is a free open source video cms and podcast platform. MediaCore can pull video or audio from any source, track statistics, enable commenting, and provide a high degree of control over the presentation and administration. The CMS was built for individuals and organizations who wish to distribute video or podcasts on their website without kicking users to other social media sites. MediaCore is built using the TurboGears Python Framework and MooTools Javascript Framework.

15. CMS from Scratch

CMS from Scratch is a quick, easy, open source and FREE solution that lets web designers give their customers a web site they can edit themselves. It is now also an open source project, so you can use the source PHP scripts for FREE.

16. MODx

MODx helps even regular individuals manage content on their websites simply, quickly and intuitively. For the geek-elite, MODx is an Open Source PHP web application framework with a capable built-in Content Management System.

17. TYPO3

TYPO3 is a free Open Source content management system for enterprise purposes on the web and in intranets. It offers full flexibility and extensibility while featuring an accomplished set of ready-made interfaces, functions and modules.



  1. Sandeep

    Still , question is unanswered, wich one we can use,,,for a huge news, information portal

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  5. Andres

    Chris. I installed testing version on my site. It looks ok at first but some Central European fonts Conrete not recognize. For example Č prunincing as CH.

    When pasted in box Icelandic text there wasn”t been any single font.
    Later I asked on their forum, but there is no respons.
    How can I trust?

  6. Andres

    Don”t you Think Viktor Joomla is to heavy to start anything after instalation?
    I really can”t find out at all.

  7. Harryg

    Yes, sir! The #1 at the top (I’m only assuming you’re ranking WordPress at the top, for a reason?), has the most features, quality tools, and a huge growth, in a very short period of time. Mega enterprises are catching on with the big “W”

  8. Viktor

    What I like best the Joomla system, which in this system can do everything possible to integrate even WordPress.
    Best regards Victor

  9. Benjamin Jackson

    This is fantastic. I keep instructing clients on the differences between CMS and their current sites they loathe. My own site is under construction, but my previous businesses have always used CMS of some sort or another. Your research is very much appreciated.

    Keep up the great work, your site is fantastic.


  10. Aaron

    WordPress is #1 with the plugin structure and continued development they have. Others may be faster, but as Tomas said, they require specific server requirements to run.

  11. James Hindley

    I know that there are 100s of CMS, anyway I miss the one I use – the free edition of Kentico CMS that can be used even for commercial purposes. It’s easily extensible and also very intuitive for end users.

  12. Kelby Garside

    seriously I can’t believe concrete5 didn’t make your list! It is much easier to develop for than the more well known CMS and given a choice, I bet the end users would choose concrete5’s on-screen easy to edit simplicity.

  13. Its impossible to exists two, three or more “the best cms” in the same time. Maybe the most suitable from a specific perspective or for a certain project… A designer, developer, programmer or seo specialist will look to the same cms from different perspectives. In the same way different web projects need different functionality or accomplish different purposes.
    Sometimes “the best cms” for some people and some project don’t even exist, and it must be build if they have time, skills and resources. If there are no such resources then pick a few cms that you like then go to cmsmatrix and make a comparison between them to decide what’s the best for you and your project.

  14. Duffy Duck

    I don’t agreed with the copy/pasted text from the Plone website, that you put in.

    “A powerful, flexible Content Management solution that is easy to install, use and extend.”

    Its not nearly as flexible as any of the PHP CMS where you can change and theme anything. It is, compared to the others, extremely slow and inflexible to develop in. I would only (consider)recommending it for specific intranet solutions where…. nah fuck it. Go with Drupal for that.

    For most websites a WP(or others like it) are very sufficient. WP becomes insufficient where you need sophisticated work flows or user administration. In that case go with Drupal.

  15. Pieter Beeckmans

    I have used ModX, Joomla, WordPress and Drupal. And I’m sticking to Drupal. OK if you want a blog with a couple of extensions, you’ll be better of with WordPress or Joomla. But if you want a real website use Drupal. It’s better for communities, it has a great API and you can find hundreds of professional !free! modules.

  16. Deamonic Angel

    I’ve used a few of these and feel most comfortable with wordpress, it so simple to use and is easily themed.

    ~ Deamonic Angel

  17. Scott Corgan

    That’s a pretty extensive list. WordPress tends to overshadow a lot of the other ones. Thanks for listing them all.

  18. cvul

    Pligg is very good for SEO and really easy to post an article but attract lots of spammers since auto posting script exists.

  19. Lucas

    Concrete5 should be on this list. If you’re tired of bloated and unfriendly systems like Joomla and Drupal, you should give concrete5 a try. It’s very easy for developers to create things on and even easier for end-users to make changes to their site. It uses an in-context editing model so you make changes as you browse your site. No more portal clones! Demo concrete5 today at http://bit.ly/concrete5cms

  20. Heather

    Great compilation and one of the best parts of posts like this is the added benefit of more great examples in the comments. I have a few simple projects on the horizon and will probably give CushyCMS a try for them. But I agree – if you have the time and ability, building your own CMS will only make you more marketable and give you tons of experience with back end administration and development.

  21. WordPress is the best for sure, Joomla sux. If you’re a programmer and web developer the best way is to write you own CMS, of course if you have time for this.

  22. timmyT

    modx is the best for a designer as you can just use any old html and css, no annoying templating to learn!

    modx should be top of your list

  23. Matt Bixby

    MODx all the way, quickest development time I’ve had using a CMS or a CMF (Content Management Framework) as the MODx community would put it. You can go as simple as you want, or as complex as you can imagine.

  24. Hey Ahmad,

    you forgott an very easy and small CMS System. It’s called redaxo and developed in Germany.

    Have a look at this http://www.redaxo.de
    The Site is in German but the CMS have nice English Plugins and is totaly easy to understand.

  25. I personally use MODx CMS for myself and all my clients.
    It’s hard to learn but once you’ve mastered the first hump it’s the best out there. It’s great for custom sites. Where a lot of WordPress and Joomla users use the great resources out there they don’t know what to do if a client wants changes to it.

    MODx FTW!

  26. Keith

    Of the ones you listed, I have used mainly WP and Joomla, but I did just create a new social bookmarking site with Pligg, and I like it so far. Will submit this article for you :)

  27. Dave Kinsella

    Concrete 5 is also worth a look – very easy to learn but powerful too

  28. Nice article, but i don´t think MODx is only for the geek elite;) It is actually very easy to use. Even for a newbie. I would really recommend it to anyone. Especially designers!

  29. Plone is really great solution, but there was not said that unlike other CMSes, Plone is Python based CMS and it needs specific hosting parameters ;-)

  30. Chunksmurray

    Nice list! Some great options there.

    Another one to check out is Concrete5. Been using it for a while now and it really is like nothing else I’ve ever used!

    You can find it at http://www.concrete5.org

  31. Great selection.. I’m a huge fan of wordpress…

    I have used ModX in the past, im not sure if the developer just implemented it in a horrible way, but I really had a hard time with it at first. Once I caught on, it was easier.

    I also find that Joomla has a pretty steep curve for clients to be using it. But all are great CMS’s to be presenting in this post. I also have used “getsimple” in the past, just to offer some basic content handling for a client… Its great, allows multiple forms built in, php, etc, and its super simple for designers with little php knowledge to implement on their own if they are on a low budget. :D

  32. bob

    No Textpattern? It use to appear in all the ‘best of’ lists and now it’s nowhere to be found. Shame, its a pretty good CMS and rivals any of those you have listed.

  33. Wow, that’s a serious list! I really need to find time to try out a few of these options, like CushyCMS.. They seem like great solutions..