Top 10 Free WordPress Alternatives – Blogging, CMS, Site Builder

25% of all websites on the internet are powered by WordPress! And it is most popular CMS in the world, but it is not the only tool to create websites/blogs. There are plenty of WordPress alternatives which are not so popular but better than WordPress in many ways. Here is the list of 12 such WordPress alternatives.

1. Medium

A free and most popular blogging platform these days with community support where you can write and publish your stories, articles, or blog posts using its powerful WYSIWYG editor. Medium is not a CMS package like WordPress, which is completely hosted platform. You don’t have access to customize code like WordPress.

Type of CMS: Completely Hosted

2. Joomla

Joomla is second most popular open-source CMS which is used by over millions of website owners. There are thousands of free and paid extensions, so you can make an enterprise website using Joomla. A good WordPress alternative to design a website from scratch with minimal effort – though it might be a bit more for techies when compared to WordPress.

Type of CMS: Open Source, Self Hosted

3. Drupal

An open source CMS and a good alternative to WordPress which is highly scalable reliable, secure and content can be added and managed easily. Drupal has modules and themes just like WordPress.

Drupal powers nearly 2.1% of all websites on the internet including The Economist, State of Georgia, and many more.

Type of CMS: Open Source, Self Hosted

4. Tumblr

Tumblr is especially designed for blogging and social sharing which allows users to share from link to images, from audio to entire blog post. Like Medium, it combines blogging with social and makes blogging quite fun. It is a hosted platform, you don’t need to worry about installing or maintaining any software like WordPress.

Type of CMS: Completely Hosted

5. CMS Made Simple

A not so popular open source CMS wrote in PHP which is very close to WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla feature wise. CMS Made Simple has themes and modules which allow to make it an out of the world CMS. It provides on-screen instructions plus there is free community support and extensive documentation to get you started.

Type of CMS: Open Source, Self Hosted

6. Wix

A free CMS combined with a hosting platform which lets you create stunning websites using their step-by-step wizard-like environment and leaving the technical stuff to them.

Wix has a number of pre-designed templates that can be modified using the drag and drop page builder. The free plan is available with Wix branding on your website.

Type of CMS: Completely Hosted

7. Weebly

A fully featured CMS and best alternative to WordPress for one who wants to minimize the efforts of building website. Weebly is feature rich which has Drag & Drop interface, support for image galleries, slideshows, video/audio, maps and many more features to make a website quick and easy.

Type of CMS: Completely Hosted

8. Blogger/Blogspot by Google

Free CMS from Google, which is known for blogging only. Blogger used to be the most popular blogger platform way back. Because of outdated designs and lack of new advanced features, bloggers are now shifting to another CMSes. Medium and WordPress are a few of them.

But still, Blogger is a choice for personal blogger. It can be set up in just a few steps.

Type of CMS: Completely Hosted

9. IM Creator

The newest CMS in the list which claims to be one of the simplest & elegant drag and drop website builder. IM Creator also includes mobile-friendly templates that are a far cry from the early days any other CMS and blogging platforms.

IM Creator is free only for individuals and non-profits.

Type of CMS: Completely Hosted

10. Jekyll

Jekyll is especially made for developers which was developed in Ruby and requires NodeJS. Jekyll is quite different from WordPress which doesn’t require databases to store data. Unlike any other CMS Jekyll generates a static HTML page for each web page.

Type of CMS: Open Source, Self Hosted

11. TYPO3

TYPO3 is free, open source which is popular amongst large organizations and corporates which is highly scalable, multilingual and assists workflow management.

TYPO has frontend editing capability using integrated image processing, copy-paste functions, thumbnail generation and a whole range of text and media elements.

Type of CMS: Open Source, Self Hosted

12. Expression Engine

An open source CMS based on PHP and MySQL which allows you to set up sites with just a few clicks. The basic free version of Expression Engine has very limited features but enough for one who wants to use it only for blogging.

Type of CMS: Open Source, Self Hosted

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