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Open Source WordPress Alternatives

The best open source alternative to WordPress is Drupal. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to WordPress and loads of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to WordPress are Joomla, Ghost, Grav and Jekyll.

WordPress alternatives are mainly Blog Publishing Tools but may also be CMS Tools or Website Builders. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of WordPress.
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  1. Drupal icon

    Drupal

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    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Linux
    • Windows
    • Apache HTTP Server
    • NGINX
    • Microsoft IIS
    200 alternatives to Drupal 

    Drupal is a free and open source CMS that has been created “by developers for developers”, and is therefore slightly more complicated to learn than a solution like Wix or WordPress. It's intended for an audience with technical skills, which is why it is perhaps less popular. This drawback can also be an advantage: thanks to the great flexibility of Drupal, it is possible to obtain much more advanced results thanks to more in-depth functionality. And like WordPress, it can also be extended with thousands of themes and modules.

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsDrupal can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  WYSIWYG SupportDrupal integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    3.  Support for BootstrapDrupal supports the popular CSS framework Bootstrap.
    4.  Ad-freeDrupal doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    In 2009 the White House choose Drupal to power its website. The White House also contributed multiple Drupal modules at https://www.drupal.org/u/whitehouse
    Tesla Motors website is powered by Drupal
    The City of Boston website is powered by Drupal
    Drupal vs WordPress opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Drupal is a great alternative to WordPress.
    nsdopk

    Agreed with GU that Drupal is really nice <a href="https://www.hostingrb.com/hosting/web-hosting/">CMS</a>.

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    Guest

    Wordpress is a good framework for absolute beginners, Drupal for more advanced users, imo

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    franKEY

    extremely easy to get used to and pretty advanced features that can be used in a variety of options,

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    Guest

    Drupal is really nice CMS

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    vladsmarrr

    choice of mine! recommend to all

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    yellowvest

    Fine tuning and tweaking features available to pros.

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    rishabhistwal

    In Drupal you get more plugins than any other CMS provide in this list to customise site .Virgin like many big companies use drupal . Easy to install and customise. Have a big community support.

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    Joomla

    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    184 alternatives to Joomla 

    Joomla is another free and open source popular CMS. It's a powerful, versatile, and flexible platform with a large community of users and developers. It is known to be more accessible than Drupal, but more complex than WordPress. Like the other two, it can be extended with themes and extensions. Joomla still requires some technical skills and is primarily intended for developers.

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    Joomla vs WordPress opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Joomla is a great alternative to WordPress.
    Guest

    Joomla is the only CMS that allows you to make a simple website to a complex website with an optimal learning curve.

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    Guest

    Joomla is a CMS, Wordpress was more concepted for blogging - even if it's a CMS similar Sw today...

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    Guest

    All in one installation with extensions I need improve the security. No problem of compatibility of extensions when I update.

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  3. Ghost icon

    Ghost

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    • Cloudron
    • Node.JS
    261 alternatives to Ghost 

    Launched in 2013, Ghost is a modern blogging platform that you can self-host or pay for a hosted version (a bit like WordPress). But unlike the three CMS mentioned above, it's not based on PHP but on NodeJS, which can be a good thing for JavaScript developers. Ghost has a very sleek interface and offers useful tools like subscriptions, memberships, analytics, and integrations to easily grow your audience. You can also download beautiful themes from their marketplace to speed up the process of launching your website.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownGhost supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    Ghost vs WordPress opinions
    Most users think Ghost is a great alternative to WordPress.
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    Grav

    • Online
    • Self-Hosted
    • PHP
    • Markdown
    • Cloudron
    185 alternatives to Grav 

    Grav is a powerful and easy to use open source CMS written in PHP and based on the Symfony web application framework. Compared to other content management systems, it is a fast, simple and flexible file-based platform. This means that Grav doesn't use a database like MySQL or MongoDB, but stores all the information in YAML files. This also means that the learning curve is pretty straightforward, there are less security risks, and the websites are usually pretty fast. There's also a marketplace with themes and plugins, but don't expect to see as many as for WordPress, Joomla or Drupal.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownGrav supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsGrav can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  Two-factor AuthenticationGrav supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
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    The basic folder structure is self-explaining
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    Grav vs WordPress opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Grav is a great alternative to WordPress.
    Guest

    It's not a messy pile of spaghetti code. It uses modern tools like Composer and Twig.

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    therojam

    Grav is easy to deploy by just extracting the downloaded archive. It got an terminal client where to install plugins/extensions like an administrative backend or other themes. It has spotless file structure.

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    Guest

    The features you want, without the bloat you don't

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    AlanLeiken

    The interface is cleaner and more modern, making for a much more pleasant experience than WordPress. Easier to set up as well.

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    Guest

    It is more developer friendly. The project structure is very clean, easy to configure and deploy. Using flat files instead of a SQL database might be limiting for some, but it's perfect for most standard sites like blogs, agency websites and even E-commerce. Twig for templates leads to cleaner code and a better separation of concern (Almost impossible to mix business logic in your templates). I guess the only downside is lack of plugins and templates for now.

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    Guest

    Grav does not save things to a database, and does not ship with the same functionality such as having posts with categories.

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  5. Jekyll icon

    Jekyll

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    • Self-Hosted
    109 alternatives to Jekyll 

    Jekyll is a static site generator (SSG) created in 2008 by Tom Preston-Werner, the founder of GitHub. It's coded in Ruby and requires NodeJS. It's very different from WordPress on many points. For starters, it's a static site generator, which means it takes your text and generates static HTML pages for your site (with no database).

    Like Grav, it's pretty fast and simple to use, but it requires a bit more technical knowledge as you don't have access to an admin dashboard to manage your website. One advantage, though, is that you can use the free hosting provided by GitHub Pages with Jekyll.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownJekyll supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    Jekyll vs WordPress opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Jekyll is a great alternative to WordPress.


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    Hugo

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    • Self-Hosted
    69 alternatives to Hugo 

    Hugo is a general-purpose website framework for generating static web pages. Hugo flexibly works with many formats and is ideal for blogs, docs, portfolios and much more.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownHugo supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  LightweightHugo consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Ad-freeHugo doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    WriteFreely

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    43 alternatives to WriteFreely 

    WriteFreely is an open-source, minimalist, federated, self-hosted blogging platform. It was built for and by Write.as and can be used to power a similar community or just a single blog.

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    1.  Support for ActivityPubWriteFreely support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    2.  Support for MarkDownWriteFreely supports MarkDown for document formatting.
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    ProcessWire

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    • PHP
    106 alternatives to ProcessWire 

    ProcessWire is a free and open source content management framework (CMF) and content management system (CMS). The backend is clean and structured for easy handling. This tool gives you all the freedom you need to design your website. It is not as well known as the giant WordPress or its competitors Joomla and Drupal, but this lightweight software stands out from the competition with certain advantages (ease of use, security, stable API, page templates…).

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    1.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsProcessWire can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    2.  Distraction-freeProcessWire has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
    3.  Ad-freeProcessWire doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    ProcessWire vs WordPress opinions
    Most users think ProcessWire is a great alternative to WordPress.
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    Silex

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    • Linux
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Self-Hosted
    104 alternatives to Silex 

    Silex, is a free and open source website builder in the cloud. Create websites directly in the browser without writing code. And it is suitable for professional designers to produce great websites without constraints. Silex is also known as the HTML5 editor.

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    1.  WYSIWYG SupportSilex integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    2.  No Coding RequiredSilex can be used without an coding or programming skills.
    3.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
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    tuva-hayabi

    It’s a website builder, a good one in my opinion, but not at all a blog system or CMS.

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    Strapi

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • CMS Tool
    • Self-Hosted
    55 alternatives to Strapi 

    Strapi enables developers to build projects faster by providing a customizable API out of the box and giving them the freedom to use their favorite tools. Content teams use Strapi to autonomously manage all types of content and distribute it from one CMS to any channel be it...

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    1.  Support for MarkDownStrapi supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsStrapi can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    3.  LightweightStrapi consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    4.  WYSIWYG SupportStrapi integrates a WYSIWYG editor to edit the look and content of a document, page, or file.
    Content types builder
    Home page
    Content manager
    Strapi vs WordPress opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Strapi is a great alternative to WordPress.
    Guest

    Node.JS, customizable API

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    Guest

    It has a great UI and allows to manage content easily and quickly and deliver it anywhere

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