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CMS like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress always get the attention on blog, but they aren’t the only options when it comes to choosing a CMS there are a great number of hosted CMS’s solutions that are available for designers and their clients. While many features of a CMS varies from one and to another they are primary benefits that are common to all (or most of them).

Many hosted CMSs allow the opportunity for designers to use it as a private label, meaning that designers can brand the CMS as their own as the design can also earn a commission on monthly hosting fees, which provides a nice stream of residual income. Today’s post will feature 12 best hosted content management systems.

1. Squarespace

Squarespace is a fully hosted, completely managed environment for creating and maintaining a beautiful website, blog, or portfolio. which give you full control over your content and site customisation. You can build a website or create a blog 10X faster on squarespace comprehensive platform.

Sites that are already using Squarespace

2. LightCMS

LightCMS is a leading web-based software platform serving hundreds of thousands of users world-wide. Through our philosophy of sophisticated simplicity, we create amazing tools to make it easy for anyone to build a website and an online store.

Sites that are already using LightCMS

3. HiFi

HiFi is a ground-breaking content management platform. Design beautiful websites with web standards and zero design constraints. Give your users easy-to-use tools to manage every aspect of their website. Don’t waste time learning templating languages, setting up servers, or training users; HiFi solves these problems out of the box.

Sites that are already using HiFi

4. Webvanta

Webvanta is a hosted CMS service that enables you to quickly build dynamic database-driven web sites without programming.

Sites that are already using Webvanta

5. Webpop

Webpop makes it easy to create custom designed websites that your clients can keep up to date. No creative limitations and no hosting hassles.

Sites that are already using Webpop

6. Your Web Department

Your Web Department is a two-way street. It exists as the platform for the client to plug-in any consultant, any designer, any professional, and any of thousands of 3rd party Web2.0 applications.

Sites that are already using Your Web Department

7. BigCommerce

BigCommerce makes it easy to set up your own professional online store – no coding or design experience required. Using our built-in marketing tools, you can also drive lots of traffic to your new online store from places like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, eBay, Shopzilla, iPhones, iPads and more.

Sites that are already using Big Commerce

8. Shopify

Shopify is a hosted ecommerce solution that allows you to set up and run your own online store. List your products, customize your store’s design, accept credit card orders, and ship your goods — all with a few clicks of the mouse. Shopify is easy to use and there’s no software to download or maintain.

Sites that are already using Shopify

9. Page Lime

PageLime is a simple CMS that markets itself to web designers. As it’s fast, light, and simple to use. Add the CSS class ‘cms-editable’ to any element in an HTML file to make it editable. No database, no coding, no setup download, and no server installation – it takes less than 5 minutes to get started.

Sites that are already using Page Lime

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10. SolidShops

SolidShops is simple hosted e-commerce software for web designers and store owners that want to build better online and Facebook stores

Sites that are already using Solid Shops

11. Volusion

Volusion offers users a hosted e-commerce solution with free templates to choose from, product management, inventory management, customer management, order management, email newsletters, daily deals, customer wish lists, and more.

Sites that are already using Volusion

12. Highwire

Highwire offers fully-featured, hosted e-commerce. Features include order management, customer management, product management, and marketing. Users can choose from available templates as a starting point, or designers can take advantage of full HTML and CSS control to design custom templates.

Sites that are already using Highwire


12 Of The Best Hosted Content Management Systems


2 Responses

  1. You should also check out

    It has one of the cleanest, easiest to use back ends that I’ve ever seen. After trying out many hosted CMS’s, Edicy was like using a Mac after struggling with a PC for years.

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