10 Popular Alternatives to WordPress
WordPress is popular, and we love it, but it is not the only publishing platform. There are WordPress alternatives that you can use to build your website. Recently one of our readers asked us to write about WordPress competitors. In this article, we will show you 10 popular alternatives to WordPress.
Last but not the least, Blogger is still alive. It is a free blog service by Google. It has most of the features you would need for blogging. A commenting system, built-in social capabilities, easy to use, templates, and the option to use your own domain name.
We have written a full comparison between Blogger vs WordPress (Pros and Cons). If you are using Blogger and want to switch to WordPress, then follow this guide.
We hope this article provided you a chance to look at some popular WordPress alternatives. While looking at these alternatives, you may want to take a look at our guide on why you should use WordPress.
2- Google Sites
Google Sites is an easier and simpler way to build small websites. It is extremely easy to use, free to host, and you can even use your own custom domain for your site.
It cannot be compared with CMS software in our list, but it can be compared with services like Wix, Weebly, and Squarespace.
Tumblr is a popular free blogging platform. Tumblr combines blogging with social, and makes blogging quite fun. It has a strong user base despite the fact that it was acquired by Yahoo in 2013.
Tumblr allows users to choose from free or premium themes. Users can also use custom domain names for their Tumblr blogs. Apart from your blog, you can also create pages. It is a completely hosted solution, so you don’t have to worry about installing or maintaining any software.
This year Joomla will be celebrating its 10th birthday. It is a strong, multi-purpose, and open source CMS. It has a large community of users and developers.
Joomla comes with all the things that WordPress can do, and then some more. It has extensions and templates. It is already used by millions of users, small businesses, corporations, government and non-profits all over the world.
Just like WordPress, Joomla has a community support system, extensive documentation, and it runs on most web hosting platforms.
Some WordPress users who want to focus on blogging felt that WordPress is going in a totally different direction. This gave birth to Ghost, which is a NodeJS based blogging software.
The difference is that Ghost is entirely focused on blogging and keeping the clutter away. It provides a clean writing and browsing experience for bloggers and readers.
Wix is a completely hosted web site builder. It is free to use for personal or a small business website. It comes with pre-designed templates that users can modify using the drag and drop page builder.
Wix also has eCommerce support with its paid plans, which allows site owners to accept online payments using PayPal or authorize.net. See our article on Wix vs WordPress for a side by side comparison of the two platforms.
If you are already using Wix and want to transfer it to WordPress, then see our article on how to properly switch from Wix to WordPress.
If you want to build an online store, then Shopify is a great alternative to WordPress. It provides easy to use tools to create your own online shop. You can sell your products and accept payments.
Shopify comes with easy to use tools to get you started with your website. It has ready-made templates, apps, and lots of integration options.
Wondering how it compares to WooCommerce (the best WordPress eCommerce plugin)? See our article on Shopify vs WooCommerce for a detailed comparison of the two platforms.
Drupal is another very popular open source CMS. Just like WordPress and Joomla, Drupal has a strong user base and developer community. It powers nearly 2.1% of all websites on the internet including The White House, The Economist, State of Georgia, and many more.
Drupal has modules and themes just like WordPress. It shares the same software requirements as WordPress and Joomla, so it can run on pretty much any web host that supports WordPress.
Jekyll is a static site generator. It is written in Ruby and requires NodeJS. It is a lot different than WordPress. For starters it is a static site generator which means it takes your text and generates static HTML pages for your site (no database).
You can use free hosting provided by GitHub Pages with Jekyll. This means that if you are familiar with Markdown, SVN, Git, and command line, then you will be up and running in no-time. In other words, this is made for developers!
Squarespace is a paid site builder that can be used as a WordPress alternative. It is extremely easy to use and a completely hosted solution.
Just like Wix and Weebly, Squarespace also offers ready-to-use templates that you can customize. There are no plugins or additional modules to install. You can only use the features provided by Squarespace. See our comparison of Squarespace vs WordPress.