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When it comes to building websites that are focused around content, one best option is usually to opt in for a content management system, as having a custom website created without having  a solid maintenance budget  can have a huge effect on your operations in the long run, whereas having a current content management systems today is a great option as most are open-source and easily maintainable.

Today I’m showcasing to you 10 CMS’s You May Not Have Heard Of but if you are new or wanting to change your CMS options or even wanting to find the usual suspects in content management systems game you can use systems such as  WordPress, Drupal or Joomla

But remember when you are choosing a Content Management System you will need to consider how much time you have to spend when developing and maintaining it.

1. DatoCMS

DatoCMS is a cloud-based content management system designed to work with static websites. Freelancers, agencies and startups use DatoCMS to allow non-technical clients and team members to manage the content of their static websites within a web-based CMS.

2. Forestry

Forestry is a content management system that runs in your browser. On the backend, it integrates with a static site generator such as Hugo, letting you edit your static website in your browser just like any other content management system.

3. Fansoro

Fansoro is an Open Source, fast and light-weighted file-based CMS. It’s easy to install, upgrade and use. Fansoro provides basic API’s for plugins, themes and core developers. While writing content in Fansoro is just a simple files written with markdown syntax in pages folder and simply create markdown files in the pages folder and that becomes a page.

4. Netlify

A CMS for static site generators. Give non-technical users a simple way to edit and add content to any site built with a static site generator.

5. Cockpit CMS

Cockpit was born out of the need of building a simple dynamic site. Sure, WordPress, Joomla, Drupal and all the other full-stack content management systems are possible solutions for that task … but let’s be honest, often they are just too bloated and too time consuming to setup, maintain and too complex implementing custom functionality.

6. Respond

Respond 6 is a multi-site, flat-file CMS powered by Angular 2 and Lumen. Sites built using Respond are static, front-end framework agnostic and optimized for exceptional performance.

7. Fuel CMS

FUEL CMS was built for developers who like working in the CodeIgniter framework and need a lightweight, highly customizable CMS for their clients that plays nicely with original code. If you are looking for a CMS first, and you are not familiar with CodeIgniter or comfortable writing code, then FUEL may not be a fit.

8. Sulu

Sulu is a content management platform based on Symfony made for businesses. It is a flexible CMS to create and manage enterprise multi-sites and a reliable development environment for high-performance apps. Sulu has powerful features for developers and a simple UI for editors it’s the ideal engine for state-of-the-art business websites and web-based software.

9. Piranha

Piranha CMS is a lightweight framework for building content driven applications using ASP.NET MVC & Web Pages. The main focus of the framework lies in structuring and managing content, not in providing a pre packaged web interface.Piranha CMS can be used to build a new application from scratch, or to add CMS functionality to an already existing application.

10. Butter CMS

Butter is a modern API-first approach to CMS that quickly integrates with your existing technology stack. Butter provide a hosted editor and an API with client libraries for quick integration. Butter enables you to launch a blog and add rich CMS functionality to your site, without dealing with setting up and maintaining a separate system like WordPress, Drupal etc.


10 CMS Platforms You May Not Have Heard Of