Let’s face it, WordPress is the demi-god of blogging and (arguably) Content Management. From Syria to Korea, WordPress powers them all. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other fish in the sea. Even if you are in love with WordPress (just as we are), trying out a taste of variety won’t harm you a bit. So lets check out some awesome alternatives to WordPress.
Bluntly put, WordPress isn’t a CMS in its own right. But its heavy duty features and ease of use have made it one of the favorites when it comes to content management. Here are some other options:
b2Evolution is an advanced weblog tool that allows you to manage your own blogs, newsfeed or even photo streams. It is an open source CMS, with all the features you can ask for: RSS/Atom feeds, category search, calendar, media management such as videos/pictures, automatic pinging of blog directories, customizable themes, plugins and a lot more.
Pros: Plethora of skins/themes, highly customizable, excellent community support
Cons: Limited help documentation
Geeklog is a blog engine and Content Management System with support for comments, trackbacks, multiple syndication formats, spam protection, and all the other vital features you need.
Pros: More robust and feature-rich, ideal for advanced users, highly customizable
Cons: Confusing for beginners, limited community support
Lifetype offers integrated media management, templates, built-in anti-spam filter, support for trackbacks, mobile templates, etc.
Pros: Beautiful themes, subdomains, excellent anti-spam filter
Cons: Little customizability of themes
Ok, Drupal isn’t just a ‘blogging tool’, its more like a full-fledged CMS, but it can well be tweaked to function as a blogging platform. The modules available for Drupal provide a wide array of features, including e-commerce systems, photo galleries, mailing list management, and CVS integration.
Pros: Extremely powerful, feature rich, highly customizable, numerous themes
Cons: Many features may seem useless for amateur users
Joomla is used for managing simple websites and complex corporate applications. Joomla is simple for even non-technical users to add or edit content, update images, and to manage critical data. Anybody with basic word processing skills can easily learn to manage a Joomla site.
Pros: Easy to use, several themes, customizable
Cons: Not the best choice for photo/video blogs
Nucleus is one of the fastest growing blogging tools/CMS that offers exactly the same set of features as WordPress, the minor variation being the anti-spam filter. It is extremely light-weight and agile, with the latest version of Nucleus 3.6 being a mere 652 KB in size (zip file).
Pros: Beautiful themes, highly customizable, several plugins, Import tools
Cons: Low updates frequency
Movable Type is a powerful blogging platform/CMS that can also be used for managing websites, blogs and communities. It can be extended via multiple themes and plugins.
Pros: Feature-rich, several themes
Cons: Not as customizable as WordPress, slightly bulkier to install
Don’t want to go through the pains of setting up the app on a server? Probably you must be using WordPress.com In that case, following do demand some attention:
Who doesn’t know Blogger? No, seriously: who doesn’t? Powered by the lord of the Internet Google itself, Blogger is indeed a force to reckon with in the blogosphere. Fully customizable templates, idiot-friendly stats, easy publishing, no-nonsense approach, Blogger surely is one platform to drool over.
Pros: User friendly, customizable templates (even edit CSS), Adsense integration
Cons: Lesser statistics, way too many spam comments
LiveJournal is a site with special focus on community blogging. The website organizes polls and other community-centric stuff, so its ideal if you are a social networking buff.
Pros: Good set of features
Cons: Ad-supported (banner ads)
Typepad provides hundreds of themes, built in SEO and multi-platform sharing, apart from various other features. The catch is that you have to pay for it. Yes, you read it right. You need to pay for the features. A stripped-down free version is available in Typepad Micro though.
Pros: Superb set of features, beautiful themes
Cons: Most features available as paid upgrades