Lightweight Alternatives to WordPress
Now don't get me wrong, WordPress is one of my favorite
applications. With good reason, it is a high quality, open
source blog publishing application. It is a mature and highly polished
application with development starting a decade ago, and it has an
community. The largest self-host blogging tool, a full content
management system, which can be extended through thousands of widgets,
plugins, and themes, is a good fit for many projects. The software
was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architectured personal
publishing system built on PHP and MySQL.
WordPress instantly springs to mind when any project is
planned that needs a content management system. However,
WordPress can be complicated, offering more bells and whistles than
actually needed or wanted. Whilst it is always tempting to stick
familiar territory, this can actually stifle creativity and does not
enhance an individual's skill-set. When embarking on a new project,
there is a lot to be said experimenting with new software.
Fortunately, WordPress is not the only option. There's a good range of
lightweight open source content management systems ready to be deployed
that can transform a web site.
Some of the content management systems featured in this
article are well publicised, but there are many good management systems
that you may not have heard of that are perfectly suited for small
Now, let's explore the 6 lightweight content management
systems at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a
full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, a
screenshot, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Lightweight Alternatives to
||Lightweight, fast, simple, yet powerful
all data to structured XML-files
||Flexible, elegant and easy-to-use open source CMS
fairly friendly, easy to use and customize CMS
||Focuses on user friendliness; lets anyone to manage a
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