Web Content Management Systems

24 Best Free and Open Source PHP Web Content Management Systems

Last Updated on May 24, 2022

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.

Best Free and Open Source PHP-Based Content Management Systems

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
DrupalPlatform and content management system written in PHP
Joomla!Award-winning system to build Web sites and powerful applications
WordPressCreate a beautiful website, blog, or app
GravSuper fast modern CMS
PicoBlazing speed, flexibility, and a lightweight footprint
OctoberBased on the Laravel PHP Framework
TYPO3Small to midsize enterprise-class content management system
CMS Made SimpleDesigned for simple stable content sites
ForkUser friendly environment to build, monitor and update your website
MODXPowerful framework to deploy and secure websites and web applications
ProcessWirePolished content management system (CMS) and framework (CMF)
SilverStripeFlexible, open source programming framework, and CMS
ConcreteCMS, CMF and easy to use Web Builder
BackdropFork of Drupal
TextpatternFlexible, elegant and easy-to-use open source system
GeeklogVery extensible system with good support for blogging
b2evolutionHighly integrated CMS
e107Portal or CMS using PHP and MySQL
XOOPSeXtensible Object Oriented Portal System
eZ PlatformProfessional PHP application framework with advanced CMS
Contao(formerly TYPOlight) Specializes in accessibility (back end and front end)
PluckFocuses on user friendliness; lets anyone manage a website
Bolt CMSBased on Silex and Symfony components, uses Twig
ImpressCMSCommunity developed Content Management System
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2 years ago

Thanks for such a Great Post!

1 year ago

What script is linuxlinks using? It’s just what I’m looking for.

25 days ago

Why is not Vvveb CMS in the list? It’s the most user friendly open source cms.