Are you looking to create your own website or for your clients? No longer do you need to create a website from scratch, it’s now easier than ever because of the many Content Management Systems available at your fingertips. I’ve put together a collection of the most popular open source, free to download CMS for you to consider when creating your next website depending on your particular need or requirements
These CMS gives you rapid deployment, support, online communities and contributors, plugins/add-ons.
WordPress is web software you can use to create a beautiful website or blog. We like to say that WordPress is both free and priceless at the same time.
The core software is built by hundreds of community volunteers, and when you’re ready for more there are thousands of plugins and themes available to transform your site into almost anything you can imagine. Over 60 million people have chosen WordPress to power the place on the web they call “home” — we’d love you to join the family.
Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone.
Drupal is open source software maintained and developed by a community of 630,000+ users and developers. It’s distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License (or “GPL”), which means anyone is free to download it and share it with others. This open development model means that people are constantly working to make sure Drupal is a cutting-edge platform that supports the latest technologies that the Web has to offer.
The API-driven extension framework offers unlimited flexibility by letting developers extend the functionality and add new types of content elements using standard programming practices like MVC (model-view-controller) design. Thanks to the large community of developers that use TYPO3, you can already find a solution for almost any need in the Extension Repository.
DNN is the leading Web Content Management Platform (or CMS) for Microsoft, powering over 700,000 production web sites worldwide. The flexible DNN open source CMS platform also functions as a web application development framework. Depending on your role within your organization, DNN provides powerful benefits to support your Web initiatives.
Contao is an open source content management system (CMS) for people who want a professional internet presence that is easy to maintain. The state-of-the-art structure of the system offers a high security standard and allows you to develop search engine friendly websites that are also accessible for people with disabilities. Furthermore, the system can be expanded flexibly and inexpensively.
Build a website, blog, or social network with Movable Type’s flexible CMS
More publishers and media companies choose Movable Type than any other blog software. Flexible, powerful and fully customizable, Movable Type enables you to quickly create and publish interactive websites and blogs that foster passionate, loyal audiences.
Plone is among the top 2%of all open source projects worldwide, with 340 core developers and more than 300 solution providers in 57 countries. The project has been actively developed since 2001, is available in more than 40 languages, and has the best security track record of any major CMS.
It is owned by the Plone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and is available for all major operating systems.
What happens when you hit the wall with your blogging tool—like needing to manage multiple channels including your Facebook Page, or you have multiple departments, regions or languages?
Create and manage rich, engaging content easily from anywhere with just an internet connection. From a small, local charity to large corporations, you can have a website designed and built to your needs.
eZ Publish is a web content management system engineered to create value through streamlined multichannel delivery. eZ’s intuitive and simple editing solution, innovative web engagement management tools and advanced portals, and collaboration facility, work in harmony to create unparalleled ease-of-use and efficiency for our customers.
With more than 85.000 installations, Umbraco is one of the most deployed Web Content Management Systems on the Microsoft stack. It’s in the top five most popular server applications and among the ten most popular open source tools in general.
It’s a beautiful combination of a fantastic, friendly and dedicated community and a commercial backing in form of the commercial entity behind the project, the Umbraco HQ. This creates a diverse and innovative environment that ensures Umbraco stays cutting edge and at the same time that it’s professionally driven with someone to call, blame and hug.
CMS Made Simple
CMS Made Simple™ is an open source ( GPL) package first released in July 2004. It’s built using PHP that provides website developers with a simple, easy to use utility to allow building small-ish (dozens to hundreds of pages), semi-static websites. Typically our tool is used for corporate websites, or the website promoting a team or organization, etc. This is where we shine. There are other content management packages that specialize in building portals, or blogs, or article based content, etc. CMS Made Simple™ can do much of this, but it is not our area of focus.
Yes, concrete5 is Free and Open Source (FOSS) under the MIT software license. This license simply protects our liability and lets you do ANYTHING you want. We wanted everyone from a small business to an internet startup to be able to legally use concrete5 as a fundamental part of their business.
It will always be free. There’s no “enterprise version” of concrete5 that does everything you really need, but costs a lot of money – and there won’t be in the future either. You can count on concrete5 being around for a long, long time as the core code is now owned by everybody.
Mambo is a full-featured content management system that can be used for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. The goal of the Mambo project is to meet most of the requirements highlighted in the above article. As each day in development goes by we are getting nearer and nearer, while at the same time building a solid core which can be extended by third party developers.
In the hands of a custom developer, this makes Mambo a powerful platform for a wide variety of Internet applications that go far above and beyond the simple creation of content.
XOOPS is a web application platform written in PHP for the MySQL database. Its object orientation makes it an ideal tool for developing small or large community websites, intra company and corporate portals, weblogs and much more.
XOOPS is an acronym of eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System. Though started as a portal system, XOOPS is in fact striving steadily on the track of Content Management System. It can serve as a web framework for use by small, medium and large sites.
e107 is an Advanced Content Publishing Solution for Website Pages, Documents, Menus and Links (Content Management System) powered by PHP, MySQL and Prototype, which gives you a totally dynamic and professional website “out of the box”. Its open-source (free), easily customized and doesn’t require any knowledge of programming languages in order to use it. It is simple to use for a novice and yet powerful and flexible enough to meet the needs of professionals.
Welcome to the official development & support site of PHP-Fusion, a light-weight open-source content management system (CMS). PHP-Fusion is written in PHP and MySQL and includes a simple, comprehensive administration system. The most common features you would expect to see in many other CMS packages are included in PHP-Fusion
Serendipity is a PHP-powered weblog application which gives the user an easy way to maintain an online diary, weblog or even a complete homepage. While the default package is designed for the casual blogger, Serendipity offers a flexible, expandable and easy-to-use framework with the power for professional applications.
Casual users appreciate the way Serendipity’s sophisticated plugin architecture allows you to easily modify both the appearance of your blog and its features. You can install more than120 plugins with just one click, instantly enhancing your blog’s functionality. No need to edit code!
Advanced users value Serendipity’s Smarty templates for combining simplicity with well-documented web standards. It makes minor modifications trivial, but provides the power to unleash your creativity and completely customize your site! Serendipity’s outstanding support gives you the confidence to be adventurous, too.
Squiz CMS includes a fully automated update system to ensure that you always have the latest version of the software, the operating system, the database, the lot!.
Hassle free and secure. To utilise the convenience of this system you will need to choose an appropriate subscription based upon your usage of the product.
Tiki Wiki CMS Groupware
Tiki has been actively developed since 2002, making it a very mature open source Wiki-CMS-Groupware solution.
Tiki has been downloaded more than 950,000 times3 and is used to power a huge number of web sites and Intranets.4 Tiki is also available as a one-click install from many popular control panel applications such as Fantastico5, script managers such as SimpleScripts6, remote installers such as Installatron,7 and virtual appliances such as JumpBox8. In 2010, Tiki was added to the Windows Web App Gallery,9 giving millions of Windows user’s easier access to Tiki.