WordPress is a very popular blogging platform that runs millions of blogs. But, what if it doesn’t meet your needs? Just because tons of people use it doesn’t mean it will be right for you. Here are 7 solutions to help you find your own advanced blogging solution. These CMS’s (Content Management Systems) will offer you a lot of options and features – but it’s important to weigh pro’s and con’s when choosing the right system. Most of these work in the same manner; you’ll have to download and upload the files to your server (some need a database to work), and then go through an install and configure the system. Later, there should be some kind of extensions you’ll be able to add – such as themes, plugins, modules, sections – and a lot more.
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.
- Easy to focus on content
- Browser-Based Media Control
- Freedom to control all elements
- Browser-based template and CSS editing
- Light Weight and Secure
- The many available plugins give you extra functions and capabilities
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.
- Multiple Users and Sites with one install
- Plugins, Tagging and a WordPress Importer
- Static Pages
- Supports multiple types of databases (MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL)
- Supporting Developer Community
- Fast and Simple Installation
- Full featured dashboard
3. Movable Type
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.
- Open Source for Developers
- Simple to create all kinds of websites
- Revision history – you’ll never loose anything!
- Dashboard and Custom Fields
- All-in-one solution that cam power anybody
Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform. Although you can’t host it on your own server, you can customize your Tumblr blog as much as you would like with super cool themes! With an awesome community, Tumblr is the easiest solution for micro-blogging. You’ll also have the ability to use custom domains!
- Don’t have to host on your own server
- Free and Easy to Use
- Community Interaction
- Easy to post with mobile devices (call, text, mobile web, apps)
- Powerful Well Designed Themes by Professional Designers
- Completely Free!
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.
- You can contribute to it’s development
- Admin side tracking and statistics
- Easy Forum and Polls
- Built in news aggregator
- Easy to personalize and community gives online help
ExpressionEngine is a flexible CMS that helps you fulfill your site’s full purpose. There are modules, plugins and extension hooks to help you customize your website to the upmost extent.
- Flexible – can power organizations and companies
- Will adapt to your needs
- Easy to add more features
- Analytical tracking
- Built in spam prevention
- Totally secure and manageable
Last, but not least – 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.
- Open Source
- Does not require a database to function
- Looks like WP
- Plugins and widgets
- Theme Support
- Static Page support
Now that you have seen some of the great options available, what will be your pick? Are you going to stick with WordPress? Are you going to try any of the solutions here? Let us know below!