A web content management system (WCMS) is software designed to simplify the publication of Web content. In particular, it enables content creators to submit content without requiring technical knowledge of HTML or the uploading of files. A CMS is most commonly used in creating an intranet or in establishing a presence on the Web.
This type of software that keeps track of every piece of content on a Web site. Content can be simple text, photos, music, video, documents, or just about anything you can think of. A major advantage of using a CMS is that it requires almost no technical skill or knowledge to manage.
Not only do content management systems help website users with content editing, they also take care of a lot of “behind the scenes” work such as automatically generating navigation elements, making content searchable and indexable, keeping track of users, their permissions and security setting, and much more.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 24 high quality free Linux WCMS. Hopefully, there will be something of interest for anyone who wishes to manage a website.
Here’s our recommendations. They are all free and open source software.
Let’s explore the 24 WCMS tools at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, providing a screenshot of the software in action, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with links to relevant resources.
|PHP-Based Web Content Management Systems|
|Drupal||Platform and content management system written in PHP|
|Joomla!||Award-winning system to build Web sites and powerful applications|
|WordPress||Create a beautiful website, blog, or app|
|Grav||Super fast modern CMS|
|Pico||Blazing speed, flexibility, and a lightweight footprint|
|October||Based on the Laravel PHP Framework|
|TYPO3||Small to midsize enterprise-class content management system|
|CMS Made Simple||Designed for simple stable content sites|
|Fork||User friendly environment to build, monitor and update your website|
|MODX||Powerful framework to deploy and secure websites and web applications|
|ProcessWire||Polished content management system (CMS) and framework (CMF)|
|SilverStripe||Flexible, open source programming framework, and CMS|
|Concrete||CMS, CMF and easy to use Web Builder|
|Backdrop||Fork of Drupal|
|Textpattern||Flexible, elegant and easy-to-use open source system|
|Geeklog||Very extensible system with good support for blogging|
|b2evolution||Highly integrated CMS|
|e107||Portal or CMS using PHP and MySQL|
|XOOPS||eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System|
|eZ Platform||Professional PHP application framework with advanced CMS|
|Contao||(formerly TYPOlight) Specializes in accessibility (back end and front end)|
|Pluck||Focuses on user friendliness; lets anyone manage a website|
|Bolt CMS||Based on Silex and Symfony components, uses Twig|
|ImpressCMS||Community developed Content Management System|
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