By the end of 2016 I felt WordPress was not working for me as a self publisher. I've been creating and maintaining my own sites since 1996, in one format or another. What I want in a CMS is a word processor for the web. Marketing, SEO, and fancy gimmicks are secondary to creating, publishing, and distributing content. I don't want to spend time learning and relearning how to use software. I'm picky about web design and I don't jump on trends just because they are new and flashy. Yes, I want my site to be read, but SEO and marketing are a slippery slope when it comes to ethics and trust. People don't read sites that focus on marketing - the more marketing, the less readers.
WordPress is definitely geared to pleasing web developers and marketers, people who offer services like beginning a site, curation, maintenance and running a site for people who don't want to run a site themselves. People want automated sites to sell stuff. But, that's not what I want to do. So I left WordPress.
Over most of 2017 I have tried alternatives to WordPress. I wanted a CMS (content management software) to be user friendly, rather than having to understand API and REST and other things I don't need or want to learn. I wanted something with the features WordPress keeps eliminating like keeping a list of links, having a bookmarklet to post links and content from other sites. Very important was to find a CMS which was not mothballed and not focused on how they can make a buck from me.
After a year of searching for an alternative, I admit, I am back to WordPress for some of my sites but not any happier with it. The main reason I have some sites back to WordPress is the Link Library plugin which I use to keep a list of resources, a web directory. I also really like my theme, GeneratePress. But, at this point, half of my sites are now on b2evolution.
I had a very hard time moving my sites out of WordPress and into anything else. Most other CMS do not have a way to migrate your sites, reliably. Of those which you can try to migrate your site, they were just as commercially focused as WordPress. In the end, the only way to save all my years of content was to set up WordPress and import it back into it. But, I now have a lot of broken image files to either fix or forget about. The sites I successfully moved to b2evolution also have broken image files so I have the same problem, either way.
But, 2018 is just around the corner now. I've realized the best way to move sites from WordPress is not to migrate anything. Leave the old site up, just change it to a subdomain and start fresh on the main domain with which ever WordPress alternative you want to start using.
I have tried far more CMS than I am adding to this list. To be honest, I don't remember most of them well enough to give a review. Several were complicated to install which did not seem like a good beginning to use them to publish a site. So this list is mainly the highlights and lowlights of my CMS adventures in 2017.
If you've skipped to the bottom for results - my top two alternatives are Publii and b2evolution. Quite different from each other but the best for running your own sites with few headaches.