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Saturday, November 22, 2008

10 Free powerful Content Management Systems

Content Management Systems help web developers create, manage and publish quickly blogs, portal or social collaboration websites. Probably you know the most popular CMS tools such as WordPress, Movable Type, Joomla!, Mambo but there are a lot of similar CMS tools for all needs.


This list suggest you some interesting alternatives you have to try. Please add a link if you want to suggest a CMS tool not included in this list.

1. Frog CMS
Frog CMS simplifies content management by offering an elegant user interface, flexible templating per page, simple user management and permissions, as well as the tools necessary for file management.



Frog requires PHP5, a MySQL database or SQLite 3 with PDO, and a web server (Apache with mod_rewrite is highly recommended).
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2. SilverStripe
SilverStripe open source content management system and framework intuitive and user-friendly, fast, flexible, and free, to build powerful websites quickly.
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3. Liferay
Liferay is a leading provider of open source enterprise portal and social collaboration software. Liferay Portal is all about choice. It gives you over 60 portlets and the most innovative technologies to let you do everything from web publishing, to building an intranet, to simply getting the right documents and applications to the right people.
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4. miaCMS
MiaCMS is a powerful, flexible, and easy to use open source content management system. It can be used to build websites of all shapes, sizes, and scenarios. MiaCMS features simple installation, graphical (WYSIWYG) HTML editors, RSS content syndication, a powerful 3rd party extension system, flexible theming capabilities, site search, RESTful content access, user management, multilingual capabilities, plus much more.
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5. MoinMoin
MoinMoin is an advanced, easy to use and extensible WikiEngine with a large community of users. Said in a few words, it is about collaboration on easily editable web pages.
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6. ImpressCMS
ImpressCMS is a community developed Content Management System for easily building and maintaining a dynamic web site. Keep your web site up to date with this easy to use, secure and flexible system. It is the ideal tool for a wide range of users: from business to community users, from large enterprises to people who want a simple, easy to use blogging tool.
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7. MODx
MODx is 100% buzzword compliant, and makes child's play of building content managed sites with validating, accessible CSS layouts – hence Ajax CMS. It empowers its users to build engaging "Web 2.0" sites today, with its pre-integrated MooTools, Scriptaculous and Prototype libraries.
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8. Textpattern
Textpattern is a flexible, elegant and easy-to-use content management system PHP-based. It is both free and open source.
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9. Radiant
Radiant is a no-fluff, open source content management system designed for small teams. Main features: elegant user interface, flexible templating with layouts, snippets, page parts, and a custom tagging language, first-class extension/plugin system, simple user management and permissions. Platform: Ruby.
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10. CMS Made Simple
If you are an experienced web developer, and know how to do the things you need to do, to get a site up with CMS Made Simple is just that, simple. For those with more advanced ambitions there are plenty of addons to download. And there is an excellent community always at your service.
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Gerasimos said...

cms made simple is the best out there for small websites. The community support is excellent as well.

Jaswinder said...

antonio your back at your best with your recent post. miaCMS is looking particularly interesting

Anonymous said...

Don't forget to take a look at TYPO3

Andrew Waters said...

Frog has been rolled out on 80% of my CMS's and the response for clients is always inspiring. Highly recommended, it deserves number one on this list!

Steffen Larsen said...

Modx is my choice, it's superb for a lot of different needs.

Maria said...

Great site with interesting information! The best blogger template I never seen!

Anonymous said...

I'm really quite impressed that you left out a major player like Plone. You should check out http://plone.org and see for yourself.

Vin said...

I just tried the Frog CMS demo, it looks interesting. But I don't think any of these can beat Wordpress. I love how extensible it is, and the community is HUGE!

GenSephyr said...

Nice list... Don't forget Wordpress.. Its not really just for blogs...

Hiweed said...

Drupal

NaMiDani said...

i already use joomla but seem difficult for as a newbie. i'll try this cms

RussF said...

Plone is an awesome CMS with powerful workflow and security, many custom add-ons, and a knowledgeable and supportive community. http://plone.org

andreadesign said...

There is also Joomla, a powerful CMS in php and MySql

sinan said...

My best asp cms QuickerCms.free and special.
L
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frank katzer // 1klang.de internetagentur fulda said...

also take a look at http://www.webedition.de/ or http://sourceforge.net/projects/webedition/
this one is open source since 11/2008 and very powerful and also easy to learn.
the most important advantage is: our customers can use it almost intuitively.

Giuseppe said...

I don't understand why FrogCMS is at #1 and Radiant is at #9, since "Frog CMS is a PHP version of Radiant CMS".

Dean said...

It seems to me there needs to be some categorization in lists of CMSs. While I'm a huge fan and user of Joomla, it is not a simple CMS to use. It's strengths are it's API and huge variety of extensions/Plugins. That said It would be nice to see a CMS list according to the technical level of user. A pro web developer is going to look for something completely different then someone who simply want's to put up a simple site.

damien said...

ezpublish is also a good professional opensource CMS : http://ez.no

pinkpetrol.com said...

Joolma is hard to to debug as i found when hosting on a shared server.. once things are changed on the server is a nightmare to fix. Also the guy who offers support charges stupid money.

ImJustCreative said...

Very interesting list here, some names never heard of before which is always very cool.

What is also interesting is then reading the comments as you are sure to find other platforms, the common plus the downright unheard of.

So great article.

Graham

Online hry zdarma said...

CMS Made Simple has future. This CMS looks good and i think that can be very good.

David Reimer said...

@ Giuseppe (I don't understand why FrogCMS is at #1 and Radiant is at #9, since "Frog CMS is a PHP version of Radiant CMS".)

I don't understand the numbers either, but quality PHP hosting is still vastly more accessible than RoR, and the two CMSs have different development paths.

Either way, they're both great options!

David Reimer

Olaf said...

Hi

maybe check out a sourceforge project of the month:
Concrete5

http://www.concrete5.org/

Simple interface, brings quite some features along. Though, developed for 4 years it just became OpenSource.

Mike said...

concrete5 is an up and coming CMS that's getting a lot of great press and is almost ridiculously easy to use/theme/set up. Check it out.

sd said...

I usually use websitebaker for small websites.Easy to setup and maintain.

www.websitebaker2.org/

Vito said...

You forget PLONE, a fantastic enterprise CMS (opensource)

flux said...

and the italian Flatpress?

arjandenboer said...

Also see Umbraco, a very powerfull open source CMS based on the .NET platform with full web standards output.

Selective Form said...

Very interesting resources, I will be coming back here anytime I am working on a project.
Thanks.

Ross Johnson said...

I have tried Radiant / Frog, and they seem to be great for tech savy people they are still pretty confusing.

ModX is very expandable and flexible, but the UI is not client friendly.

Really none of them compare to silverstripe, which can easily be configured to create any type of content or function, and has one of the most client friendly interfaces I have come across.

Concrete5 looks very promising, I plan to test it out sometime in the near future.

admun said...

How about NucleusCMS http://nucleuscms.org/

It's PHP/MySQL based, has a powerful plugin architecture and templating system.

Anonymous said...

There should be as many Web content management systems as there are humans on the planet. I'm kidding. No I'm not. Yes I am.

Damery World said...

I currently use Modxcms I have played with WordPress but it is not a CMS however it is a great blog tool.
Many applications like Concrete5 or C5 look really good but have fragile installations so those will require you to be running the right environment, OS, app stack etc. with all the right switches set ...you know the drill had the same issue with Joomla ....worked great local but was a real pain on my server.

Anonymous said...

http://www.opensourcecms.com/ is a good place to check out CMS

Anonymous said...

CushyCMS.com for something a bit different.

Kevin said...

The BIGACE Web CMS is also worth a look!
Uses Smarty TAGs, which is interesting for designer, who are not familiar with PHP.

Anonymous said...

You've missed XOOPS (www.xoops.org).

The new version (2.3.1) was just released in October, and already has over 16,000 downloads

Ozzy said...

http://www.concrete5.org/ - interesting CMS

Anonymous said...

I recommend eZ Publish, especially if you need a bit more professional solution.

kjbkjkjnk said...

A free, hosted solution is www.semmels.com.
It offers a lot of flexibility in creating interactive web pages, so it can also be used as a hosted collaboration tool.

Romeo said...

I use textpattern and CMS madesimple for my job.

Rahul said...

Well... I was not aware of most of these CMS. As one of the other user also said, TYPO3 is missing in your list.

Andrew said...

I really like CushyCMS

Anonymous said...

REDAXO CMS ...
german cms .. great community.

http://www.redaxo.de


C.

Mark Myers said...

CMS Made Simple is terrific, but if you think it's the best, you haven't tried Concrete5.

Mark Myers
http://www.nerdless.com

Anonymous said...

QuickerSite Lite Edition is free, for non-commercial use:
http://www.quickersite.com

Hal said...

Please consider Umbraco as well. The final 4.0 beta is out and incredible.

Anonymous said...

If the goal was to get an updated list of best CMS: bingo.
I guess we are back to square one: everyones darling just doesn't exist.

Each one I've tested and installed in the past had its advantages. It always depends what you need it for exactly.

Anonymous said...

concrete5 is good.
http://www.concrete5.org/

KChristoph said...

Look for "contrexx"
http://contrexx.com
Example: http://herzbetont.de
Have a good time !

carlinha said...

i'm looking for a cms that supports multilanguage? in front office and back office.. anyone knows?

Farid Hadi said...

Hey,

Thanks for reminding me. I was looking into Frog a while back but then got pulled into a project. I'll also have a look at some of the others listed here.

Thanks

Anonymous said...

and certainly do not forget the Zimplit

Dean said...

Joomla has good multi-language support. However it is not a simple CMS.

matthias.vodel said...

Does anybody know a cms, which creates a valid "strikt 1.0 xhtml" code?

Anonymous said...

My advice having quite much experience using different systems.

It do really depend on what you want to build. Different systems suite different needs.

The old CMS like for example Mambo and Drupal take time to learn. If they don't provide exactly what you want you are better of going with a framework like Codegniter and build your application from scratch. The alternative is to go with the new MVC systems. They are much more flexible and you can easy modify them. For example: Frog, Concret5, Silverstripe.

Dean said...

Joomla 1.5 is a completely different CMS than joomla 1.0. It makes significant use of the MVS pattern. From my standpoint if you are a developer with knowledge of PHP, as well as standards driven HTML and CSS. You will find quite a resource in Joomla 1.5

Duane Nason said...

Great article! Thanks for putting this together. I'm going to check these CM systems out now

AJ said...

I need help everyone!
I am thinking of developing a dictionary.

What is the most user freindly and most suitable CMS for that?

Anonymous said...

But after the Google Open Social debut, isn't this a good alternative to many CMSs?

Stefan said...

Oops, I think you missed one: ExpressionEngine
THE most powerfull CMS on the web.
Take a look at www.expressionengine.com

Andrea said...

I use typolight, very flexible and powerful CMS, free and opensource, give it a try!

Bogdan G√ľnther said...

If you hate content management systems that bloat your code with useless crap MODx is for you. I've written an blog entry on this topic:

http://blog.medianotions.de/en/articles/2008/modx-feature-controlling-the-html-output

You can get a quick impression of the MODx backend here:

http://trymodx.com

Anonymous said...

Yeaah right..

Check CMSdragon.com
This CMS is the most powerful!!! :P

Anonymous said...

I have also seen "Elxis CMS"
you need to google for it.

Regards,

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Jeffrey Horen said...

thanks for the list!

uniqu3 said...

Nice listing of good Systems, i have tried some of them and my favorites are MODx, CMSMS, Silverstripe.

There are also TypoLight, Concrete5 and Redaxo that could be mentioned.
Also Joomla is a great CMS for larger sites when you get the hang of it.

praveen said...

FrogCMS (madebyfrog) is the BEST!!!
It has a simple interface and is the easiest to customise. I'd highly recommend it.

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Hi..
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Anonymous said...

thanks for the help

Diane said...

http://www.terapad.com has a lot to offer. I tried using it and it should be listed in the free powerful content management systems. What i like about it is that it is SEO ready specially for their news feature. When i publish an article, search engines pick them up in a short span of time.

khosrow said...

----------| Joomla.org |---------
The Best CMS in World ! :D

skenow said...

Thanks for mentioning ImpressCMS - you've put us in some great company with the others you have selected. We are working hard to live up to our users' needs and expectations.

Secret said...

Joomla Sucks, I just tried it. Men, my head hurts so much.

Thank God, Frog exist. It's so easy to use and so easy to design. I love it. <3

Anonymous said...

typolight is good also.

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