Open Source WordPress Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to WordPress is Drupal, which is both free and Open Source. 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 (Free, Open Source), Ghost (Free, Open Source), Grav (Free, Open Source) and Jekyll (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 19, 2021

    1. 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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      Drupal vs WordPress opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Drupal is a great alternative to WordPress.
      franKEY extremely easy to get used to and pretty advanced features that can be used in a variety of options,
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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      yellowvest Fine tuning and tweaking features available to pros.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      2
      Drupal is really nice CMS
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      vladsmarrr choice of mine! recommend to all
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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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.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      -1
      Wordpress is a good framework for absolute beginners, Drupal for more advanced users, imo
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    2. 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.
      Joomla is the only CMS that allows you to make a simple website to a complex website with an optimal learning curve.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      All in one installation with extensions I need improve the security. No problem of compatibility of extensions when I update.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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      Joomla is a CMS, Wordpress was more concepted for blogging - even if it's a CMS similar Sw today...
      Negative comment about 3 years ago

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    3. 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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      Most users think Ghost is a great alternative to WordPress.
    4. 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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      Grav vs WordPress opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Grav is a great alternative to WordPress.
      It's not a messy pile of spaghetti code. It uses modern tools like Composer and Twig.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

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      The features you want, without the bloat you don't
      Top positive comment  over 1 year ago

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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.
      Positive comment 4 months ago

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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.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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      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.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

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      Grav does not save things to a database, and does not ship with the same functionality such as having posts with categories.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

      -5
    5. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Jekyll is a great alternative to WordPress.


    6. Write.as is an online platform that allows you to publish an article and even an entire blog on the web in a few seconds. It comes in the form of a minimalist and distraction-free online word processor, and reduces the technical part of online publishing to a strict minimum while respecting your privacy and anonymity. Write.as can be used without even having to log in. The interface is as simple as it gets: just choose a title and start writing. Write.as is an open source and ads-free platform that you can use for free, or you can pay a monthly subscription (from $6 to $30) to get more features (custom domain, themes, private blog, custom CSS, and more).
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      Almost everyone thinks Write.as is a great alternative to WordPress.
    7. 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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      Most users think ProcessWire is a great alternative to WordPress.
    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Strapi is the most popular open-source Headless CMS. Strapi gives developers the freedom to use their favorite tools and frameworks while allowing editors to easily manage their content and distribute it anywhere.
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      Strapi vs WordPress opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Strapi is a great alternative to WordPress.
      Node.JS, customizable API
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      It has a great UI and allows to manage content easily and quickly and deliver it anywhere
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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