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What are the alternatives to WordPress?

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wordpressssWordPress is, without a doubt, a great content management system. There’s a reason, it’s the go-to content management system for many, many website owners out there. However, it isn’t the end all, be all. Critics of WordPress feel that it has become to bloated by trying to be everything to everyone. If you’re not interested in WordPress, for whatever the reason, there are plenty of good alternatives. In fact, depending on your intended use, some may even be better!

Ghost
Ghost is touted as “Just a blogging platform.” The description on the landing page for the platform states that “Ghost is a simple, powerful publishing platform that allows you to share your stories with the world. For a dedicated blog, Ghost might just be the best WordPress alternative. It is simple, clean and will allow you to focus on content creation.

Ghost is built with JavaScript using Node.js. Those in the web design community will note that Node.js is optimized for performance and scalability by virtue of its non-blocking I/O model. As a result, Ghost may offer a distinct advantage over WordPress in terms of speed. If you’re interested in Ghost, you should note that it will be harder to find a hosting service that will be able to run it due to Node.js. Still, it is a new, viable and exciting WordPress alternative for bloggers.

Joomla!
Joomla! is a powerful content management system that is widely used to build websites and advanced online applications. Its ease-of-use and extensibility have made it among the most popular alternatives to WordPress for web design professionals worldwide. Like WordPress, Joomla! is an open source software that is available to everyone for free.
This popular WordPress alternative is used for a wide range of web design applications including corporate websites and portals, intranets, extranets, online magazines, newspapers and other publications, eCommerce, online reservations, government applications and small business websites. It is very scalable to your needs and easy to use.

Drupal
Drupal is another popular WordPress alternative. Like WordPress and Joomla!, Drupal is open source. The Drupal tagline is “Come for the software, stay for the community.” The Drupal community is one reason why it is such a popular CMS. It powers millions of websites and applications and is built, used and supported by an active community of web developers around the world.

You can use Drupal to build everything from a personal blog to an enterprise level application. It is extremely scalable and very easy to use. Drupal features thousands of add-on modules and designs so that anyone can build anything they can envision with relative ease.

What other WordPress alternatives would you add to the list?

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