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From the last decade, we have seen a rise in the availability of Content Management Systems that help us to improve the various ways that we build a websites, from content creation to a full site management.

Content Management Systems is an important shift in the way we publish online. Lately we have seen a rise in the availability of various development tools that have help us to improve the quality of website wether it’s creating content, site management etc..

This solution has provided us with a range of content management systems that comes with modern features. In the old days, building a simple website involved a lot of obstacles to deal with. Luckly for us these days thanks to a CMS it’s changed the game quite dramatically as nearly any one can create a basic or complex website as a modern CMS contains all the necessary features to manage everything so one needs such as text, photos, media etc.

So for this roundup you will find below a list of 10 great and useful content management systems which that can be used to build any kind of website projects.

1. WordPress


Started in 2003 WordPress has grown to one of the largest self hosted blogging system in the world and why would i call it’s a blogging system well it’s started as a blogging system.

But since then it has evolved to be used as full CMS that comes with thousands and thousand of free and paid for plugins and widgets and themes.

featuring in WordPress is their flexibility and simplicity core that lets you the user to create publish something awesome along with their media management tool that lets you easily upload images & media into your site, freedom to create your own community and extend your community with a Multilingual extentsion, to helping you get on to google with their SEO plugins that the WordPress community developed plus more

And like WordPress says that its only limited only by your imagination.

2. October


October CMS is a modular CMS based on Laravel PHP framework. October is widely used for building complex websites, promotional, portfolio sites as well as high-powered web applications.

It is very easy to use from both developers and designers point of view making it ideal for client projects. October features powerful items, such as file-based CMS templates, minimalist backend interface, page component and blog management, plugin integration and more.

3. Pico CMS


Pico is a flat file CMS, this means there is no administration backend or database to deal with, you simply create .md files in the “content” folder and that becomes a page.

Pico is highly customisable in two different ways: On the one hand you can change Pico’s appearance by using themes, on the other hand you can add new functionality by using plugins. Doing the former includes changing Pico’s HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the latter mostly consists of PHP programming.

4. Page Kit


Pagekit is a modular lightweight CMS built with modern technologies like Symfony components and Doctrine.

Page kit provides a platform for theme and extension developers and as Pagekit gives you the tools to create beautiful websites it’s doesn’t matter if it’s a simple blog, your company’s website or a web service.

5. Drupal


The Drupal CMS been used to make many of the websites and applications that you see and use every day.

Drupal has grea features, like easy content creating with it’s reliable performance and security. But what sets Drupal apart is its flexibility as modularity is one of its core principles. The tools help you build the versatile, structured content that dynamic web experiences.

Extending it is also easy as there are thousands of add-ons. Modules that expands Drupals functionality along with Themes that let you customise your site & it’s content’s presentation.

6. Apostrophe


Apostrophe is a design driven, in-context CMS built on Node.js and MongoDB. It provides the tools to develop both simple and complex content-driven websites through simple templating and modular functionality.

The editing experience is designed around the idea that content mangement should be easy, and therefore editors can create and manage their content right on the page itself.

Apostrophe is built on an accessible technology stack that focuses on ease of use as well as performance. Node.js provides an easy entry point for front-end Javascript developers and a playground for experienced back-end developers.

The Nunjucks templating language allows for easily including data and editable content on any page and MongoDB provides the necessary speed to serve Apostrophe’s content-driven pages.

7. Razor CMS


razorCMS began itself as a databaseless flat file content management system, forked from a project called uCMS. It’s structure allowed you to have just the amount of functionality you needed in a flat file CMS solution, adding extensions (blade packs) for further functionality, whilst allowing setup on simple servers with no database.

Starting with a core system install, razorCMS gave you base functionality required to run a website, add the extra functionality as you needed it via the blade pack management system.

Everything from WYSIWYG editors to SEF URL was added as extra functionality. Razor’s extensions are now installed automatically via the extensions area of the admin overlay.

8. Symphony


The Symphony content management system enables users to create and manage websites and web applications of all shapes and sizes from the simplest of blogs to bustling news sites and feature-packed social networks.

Symphony lets you can build just about anything, and that’s what sets it apart from most other CMSs.Instead of making all kinds of assumptions about your content and what you’ll be doing with it, Symphony gives you the tools to make those decisions for yourself.

9. Kirby


The Kirby content mangement system is a file based system that is easy to setup, easy to use and flexible as hell.

As this CMS lets your write your content in the Markdown format that is by default. along with it’s highly flexible API it is easy to learn.

10. Craft CMS


Craft is a content management system thats focused on doing one thing really, really well as that is managing content.

And since content comes in all shapes and sizes, Craft been built to be as flexible as possible, without compromising on the ease of use for content authors.

Craft is for folks who like to take their time and do things right, building out their HTML, CSS, and JS by hand. This is not a site builder or some sort of design tool.

There are no themes, and you won’t find any flashy UI tools full of sliders and other gadgets that will help you “design” your website in minutes.

This CMS was built to be exceptionably scalable, to the point that even its own feature set can adapt to the scope of the project. Whether you’re building a portfolio site or a big corporate site.


10 Great Content Management Systems to Choose From