WordPress is popular, and we love it, but it is not the only publishing platform. There are WordPress alternatives that you can use to build your website. Recently one of our readers asked us to write about WordPress competitors. In this article, we will show you 16 popular alternatives to WordPress.
Medium is a popular publishing platform. It is different than WordPress in many ways. It is not a full content management system. Their focus is on blogging and the community aspect. It aims to connect people with stories and ideas that matter to them.
Medium is designed to provide a clutter free writing area for publishers and a similar reading experience for the readers. It looks beautiful on all devices and screen sizes. Users don’t have to worry about themes or plugins because there are none.
Instead of comments, Medium has in-line notes and responses. You don’t need to worry about the software as Medium is a completely hosted platform. Medium is expected to allow custom domains for publishers, so you can use your own domain names on Medium.
Some WordPress users who want to focus on blogging felt that WordPress is going in a totally different direction. This gave birth to Ghost, which is a NodeJS based blogging software.
The difference is that Ghost is entirely focused on blogging and keeping the clutter away. It provides a clean writing and browsing experience for bloggers and readers.
This year Joomla will be celebrating its 10th birthday. It is a strong, multi-purpose, and open source CMS. It has a large community of users and developers.
Joomla comes with all the things that WordPress can do, and then some more. It has extensions and templates. It is already used by millions of users, small businesses, corporations, government and nonprofits all over the world.
Just like WordPress, Joomla has a community support system, extensive documentation, and it runs on most web hosting platforms.
Drupal is another very popular open source CMS. Just like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal has a strong user base and developer community. It powers nearly 2.1% of all websites on the internet including The White House, The Economist, State of Georgia, and many more.
Drupal has modules and themes just like WordPress. It shares the same software requirements as WordPress and Joomla, so it can run on pretty much any web host that supports WordPress.
Jekyll is a static site generator. It is written in Ruby and requires NodeJS. It is a lot different than WordPress. For starters it is a static site generator which means it takes your text and generates static HTML pages for your site (no database).
You can use free hosting provided by GitHub Pages with Jekyll. This means that if you are familiar with Markdown, SVN, Git, and command line, then you will be up and running in no-time. In other words, this is made for developers!
Tumblr is a popular free blogging platform. Tumblr combines blogging with social, and makes blogging quite fun. It has a strong user base despite the fact that it was acquired by Yahoo in 2013.
Tumblr allows users to choose from free or premium themes. Users can also use custom domain names for their Tumblr blogs. Apart from your blog, you can also create pages. It is a completely hosted solution, so you don’t have to worry about installing or maintaining any software.
CMS Made Simple is another open source CMS with the same features as WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. It is written in PHP and uses MySQL for database.
It also has themes and modules which allow users to easily extend built-in features. It provides on-screen instructions plus there is free community support and extensive documentation to get you started.
Wix is a completely hosted web site builder. It is free to use for small personal and business websites. It comes with pre-designed templates that users can modify using the drag and drop page builder.
Wix also has eCommerce support with its paid plans, which allows site owners to accept online payments using PayPal or authorize.net.
Weebly is another completely hosted online site builder. It allows you to create your own website using pre-designed templates and their drag-drop page builder.
Weebly has limited eCommerce support, but you can use custom domain names. For a full comparison see our comparison of WordPress vs Weebly.
Squarespace is a paid site builder that can be used as a WordPress alternative. It is extremely easy to use and a completely hosted solution.
Just like Wix and Weebly, Squarespace also offers ready-to-use templates that you can customize. There are no plugins or additional modules to install. You can only use the features provided by Squarespace. See our comparison of Squarespace vs WordPress.
Textpattern is another open source content management system. It shares the same server requirements as WordPress. It is a much simpler and straight forward CMS with a limited following.
It comes with a built-in user log for statistics and a native commenting system. It uses Textile to convert plain text into HTML.
Expression Engine is a PHP+MySQL based paid CMS. There is a basic free version with very limited features available for download. Unlike other open source CMS in our list, Expression Engine requires a license fee and most additional features are available as paid addons.
Google Sites is an easier and simpler way to build small websites. It is extremely easy to use, free to host, and you can even use your own custom domain for your site.
It cannot be compared with CMS software in our list, but it can be compared with services like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace.
If you want to build an online store, then Shopify is a great alternative to WordPress. It provides easy to use tools to create your own online shop. You can sell your products and accept payments.
Shopify comes with easy to use tools to get you started with your website. It has ready-made templates, apps, and lots of integration options.
Statamic is a paid and flat file CMS software. Unlike other CMS software in our list, Statamic does not store your site’s data in a database. Instead it uses PHP, YAML and Markdown to generate pages.
Last but not the least, Blogger is still alive. It is a free blog service by Google. It has most of the features you would need for blogging. A commenting system, built-in social capabilities, easy to use, templates, and the option to use your own domain name.
We hope this article provided you a chance to look at some popular WordPress alternatives. While looking at these alternatives, you may want to take a look at our guide on why you should use WordPress.