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The Best Open Source CMS Mainly Used for Blogging

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All websites require their content to showcase in a very professional manner. Since it is very hard for a single person or team to do it by himself/herself, they look for help in designing and maintaining the websites. This is where the importance of CMS systems props up. These systems not only help in creating a good website but also help in managing and updating the website. Given below are some of the very Best Free CMS which are Mainly used for Blogging Purposes.

1. Typo 3

A CMS used by the multinational company Philips, Typo 3 is known for its efficiency. It offers amazing features for content management. However, the only point to be noted is that it is not very simple to use, especially as an admin. There are more than 1000 tutorials present to guide you, but reading and understanding these tutorials takes dedication and valuable time. The result of the hard work put in by the Administration side is seen as it takes the end users roughly an hour to set up all the required tools. It is supported by PHP and supports most operating systems. Some of its features include an internal search engine, editing on page etc.

Typo 3

2. Frog CMS

Unlike Typo, Frog CMS is known for its simplicity and speed. It‘s features include on page editing, templating code. It is extendable and includes an API and you can also add images and pages to the data. However, this software is involved and is not recommended for newbies. By using Frog, you can be fully ready with a content solution within an hour. This is also supported by PHP and has RDMS like MySQL or SQLite.

Frog CMS

3. Symphony

Symphony is an Open source CMS which can be described in 3 words –standard driven, simple and modular. It has discrete components which can configured fully to suit your needs .All the features are independent of each other making it perfect for modifications and additions. This CMS is lean, small and precise. It is supported by XHTML,CSS ,XML etc.


4. Textpattern

Textpattern is an very elegant and user –friendly CMS. It is supported by CSS and XHTML and has hundreds of plug-ins that are ready to be used. A notable feature is that it has built-in tags which decide how the dynamic content will be displayed. The admin interface is efficient, minimalist and clearly labelled .It also has a lot security features like anti-spamming system .It is also very easy to manages it has a variety of features like up to date visitor logs ,unlimited categories of images ,files etc.


5. WordPress

WordPress focuses on speed, simplicity and great user experience. WordPress is designed in such a manner so as to give the user absolute control of the webblog. WordPress has control tolls, which enable to restrict the amount of changes that a visitor can make while visiting your blog. Also whenever you update your blog the is no need to rebuild your page. It has the template editor tool which allows you to improve the presentation of your blog. WordPress can moderate comments from certain addresses, comments with particular words in them etc.


6. DotCMS

DotCMS is one such software which covers a wide variety of needs. It does so convincing set of features which can be tailored to suit your needs. It offers site-wide templating, inline content editing, MP3 player streaming, content versioning etc. In addition to the above mentioned features, it also offers “on demand installs”, thereby improving its commercial use. However, the admin screens require time and patience to figure out the details. It uses Java technology and supports OS like Windows and UNIX .It has a setup time of roughly 60 minutes.


7. Umbraco

Umbraco is open source software which is one of the top contenders for the best ASP.net CMS software. This software focuses on and has achieved high standards in accordance with CSS and XHTML. It has a very short setup time – a mere 10 minutes. Its main features include a compact template engine, scheduled publishing and support for most net languages and Ajax frameworks. Its RDMS is MS SQL.


8. Habari

This free software is made after a thorough understanding of the blogging system. This software does not allow content spams or digg overloads to affect its functionality. It strongly favors standard , open and documented protocols. It is not a plug-in, but instead a core feature. It is supported by the PHP language and therefore enables the use of PDO which in turn enables proper statements for the interactions with the database. Its vulnerability to SQL injects attacks has been greatly reduced due to this


9. ocPortal

ocPortal is a very user-friendly CMS which offers a wide range of features .It major plus points are that its highly customizable , easy to use for admins and its out-of the box usability. It’s features include sophisticated tools like Theme Wizard, integration with many forums for increased efficiency, functionality is very high for all content , which includes articles, images etc. It does not hide any features from the users and is OSI-approved Open Source licence.


10. CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple is an open source (GPL) package, built using PHP that provides website developers with a simple, easy to use utility to allow building small-ish (dozens to hundreds of pages), semi-static websites. CMS Made Simple provides a mechanism for the website administrator to create and manage “pages”, their layout, and their content. CMS Made simple is unobtrusive. You can create a table based layout, or a fully validating XHTML/CSS layout.


11. Squarespace

Squarespace is specially designed for the creation of blogs .It has simple yet state of the art tools to help you set up and manage your website .Its blogging features are very diverse and they include spell checks, RSS , ATOM, XML-RCC pinging ,member registration, content management ,multiple authors, timed publishing dates and many more interesting features. A notable feature is that it has an internal search engine which helps you during the customization process of your website.


12. Movable Type

Movable type is an open source project aims at producing an open source version of the MTPP (movable type publishing platform) which is destined to become the core of all other movable products. It helps you understand your blog better through features like improved user interface, integrated asset manager for reusing , uploading and finding files like video and audio, gives you details about you blog performance and improves the aesthetic look of your blogs. It improves publishing through a WYSIWYG editor ,cross blog aggregation ,advanced blog template languages ,paginated archives and many more features.

Movable Type


XOOPS is the short form for eXtensible Object Oriented Portal System .It serves as a web framework which can be used by large, medium and small sites. Depending on whether the site is small or large you can install XOOPS in different manners to include different modules like News, forum etc. The notable features of XOOPS are mainly that it is fully modularized, database driven , personalization , World wide support ,theme based skinnable interface and versatile group permissions system


14. Radiant

Radiant is one such CMS which is targeted at the small sites. It has a simple user interface which is elegant and centers around layouts, snippets and pages. It has a very flexible sit structure allowing you to arrange the pages in any order .In addition, Radiant has its own macro language called radius template language thereby making it simple to add content from other pages . It also has custom text filters and intelligent page caching. One more notable feature is that it is built on ruby on rails making it easy for the web developers to extend this software for other purposes


15. Drupal

Drupal is a very popular CMS which enables a single person or an entire community to easily manage ,organize and publish a variety of content on a particular website .With drupal one can register individual user accounts and maintain them ,can create new menus and manage already existing ones ,customize the website layout ,administer the system and perform logging. Drupal allows new features to be added i.e. you can extend Drupal with the help of plug-in modules. Using Drupal one can create a website, brochureware , blogs, forums and many more.It is supported by PHP and a database of PostgreSQL or MySQL .


16. Free Flux

Free flux is one such open source CMS which is known for the extensive feature they offer. Some of the features include static pages, galleries , can be used in different languages etc. It offers full control over the XSLT and CSS templates and has you can edit images in the browser itself .It supports XHTML and has a lot of useful plug-ins like spam protection ,RSS comments and feed and many more.

Free Flux

17. Silverstripe

Supported by PHP ,Siverstripe takes just 30 minutes to setup. It uses MySQL as a database and is supported by OS systems like windows and Linux. The major features of this CMS is that it has an online image editor and has a wide variety of widgets. Also it has an internal search engine and user defined forms .Though it is also used for blogging, it has designed to meet the needs of management. It reduced the size of uploaded images on the fly and gives support to drafts and features. It also has support for out of the box SEO and allows viewers to review and roll back.


18. Melody

Melody is an open source CMS which is highly extensible and customizable. Melody is different from Movable Type because there are a set of processes that assist the greater Movable Type and Melody communities to contribute fixes, features and changes more quickly and freely back to the core product. It includes a logging framework for the developers and administrators, improved user interfaces .It is supported by Microsoft OS, Oracle, MySQL etc.


19. Joomla

Joomla is an award-winning content management system (CMS), which enables you to build Web sites and powerful online applications. Many aspects, including its ease-of-use and extensibility, have made Joomla the most popular Web site software available. Best of all, Joomla is an open source solution that is freely available to everyone as well.


20. b2evolution

b2evolution is a powerful blog tool you can install on your own website. It includes all the features of traditional blog tools, and extends them with evolved features such as file & photo management, versatile skins, multiple blogs, detailed user permissions… not to mention plugins, of course. b2evolution is free, open-source software (GPL), runs on virtually any webserver featuring PHP + MySQL and is available in several languages.


  • Pit

    Very nice listing but what about my favorite – MODx CMF? It can be used for blogs with ease :)

  • TYPO3 is witten like TYPO3! :)

  • for “just” building pages for customers, you must see EcoCMS, free and really easy. There is no customer who could do something wrong with that CMS :)

  • Well, Typo3 for shure is NOT a blogging platform. I use it for serious portals, not for blogs. I i need blog with it, i integrate wordpress.

    greetings, nagradne igre

  • From a designer/develope point of view I disagree with some of the statements or the lack of depth about some of the cms’s themselves.

    I began as a Joomla designer and can tell you it is neither Number 1 or easy to design for. Installation is a bear. WordPress design is straight forward and more flexible. Drupal, et al, focus on the “management” part more than some of these listed.

    Verdict: sites that never change (what I call brochure sites) do not need a cms at all. All the rest I use WordPress. I’m designer first, developer second.


  • skoef

    Shouldn’t the link to GetSimple CMS be:


    I like that CMS very much for its simplicity!

  • Dude

    Where’s modX CMS? it’s the best opensource cms out there!

  • Hi,

    I have been building Umbraco based sites for coming up to 3 years now and I have to say that saying it is for “Blogs” is totally wrong. Yes, you can add a blog to any CMS platform, but the whole point of using a CMS is to allow you to manage content across an entire site, there are many multi-lingual, multi-server installations of Umbraco.

    Have a look at their show case list, which includes sites link Heinz, Wired and SanDisk.


    Other than disagreeing with your title, as I am sure quite a few of the other CMS platforms mentioned are also not just for blogging, it is a useful list, so thanks for posting :)



  • If you’re new to blogging and haven’t made your choice yewt, you should definetly try out PivotX: http://pivotx.net

  • You forgot Bildy – http://thebildy.com :)

  • Hi,

    For an alternative Rails based CMS, take a look at Skyline CMS (http://www.skylinecms.nl/). It aims to be as flexible as possible while still leaving the website’s design intact.


  • If you are into ColdFusion, then SplashCMS is a pretty good, simple and elegant CMS :)


  • I agree with Johnathan’s statement of Joomla being difficult to install. I would like to request that you all review my company, Preation’s, new CMS, Eden. Eden allows anyone to update their website and optimize it for the search engines on their own. We believe that this solution is very important to small businesses because most of them cannot afford search engine optimization services from traditional consultants.

    I believe that you all would be interested in Edens unique do-it-yourself search engine optimization features as well as the large number of easy website management features including: free professionally designed templates, real on-page editing, drag-and-drop page tree, photo galleries, forms, testimonials, slideshows, video, multi-tier navigation, calendars, and event registration. Full details about Edens features are available in the product tour on our website (http://www.preation.com/content/build/4756).

    Eden is offered with no setup fees and it starts at just $10/month. A 15 day free trial is available at http://www.preation.com/freetrial/. If you decide to write a review of Eden please send us a link to it and well link to your website from our blog.

  • Honestly, this list is a little disappointing. The description of WordPress is terrible. WordPress is one of the largest platforms used in the world. It is used by huge companies like CNN, The New York Times, MTV, Pepsi, AMD, Ford and more. It has more themes and plugins than any other system I’ve ever seen. Why wasn’t any of that mentioned? Also, the grammar is off in multiple places. (Sorry if this was written by someone who speaks English as a second language.) However, it did give me some insight into several CMS systems that I have not seen before and for that I am thankful to the author!

  • Todd

    @skoef: Yes, CMSMadeSimple (http://www.cmsmadesimple.org) and GetSimple are two different CMS packages.

  • No love for ExpressionEngine?

  • Brian

    TYPO3 has an absolutely horrid interface design, and is something I would never ask a client to use. It has a completely unique lanugage, aka TypoScript, that is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, so learning it is not easy because it has it’s own syntax.

    I’ve used many CMSs in my day, and many on this list, and I’d rather lose my left nut than work with TYPO3 again.

    I hope this list is in no particular order, because there is no way TYPO3 would be considered #1 unless they paid you to do so.

  • Squarespace is neat, but I’m pretty sure it’s not open source in any way shape or form.

  • misleading title – Umbraco and Symphony are used much widely then just on blogging sites.

    some misleading products – as eric mentioned squarespace is definitely not open source.

    WordPress is the leading blogging platform by a mile.

    Either way Symphony CMS gets my vote. ++

  • Listen2Me

    Expression Engine anyone??? They’ve just released v2.0 which has been years in the making and is amazing. It is also Open Source but comes in a few flavours and not all of them are “free”.

  • Joye

    Good that you’ve included XOOPS – it rocks, and it’s getting better and better!

  • Anna Lee

    You can also try http://LoveLogger.com for easy simple pair-blogging

  • Inevitably, someone will point it out (so it might as well be me) that Frog CMS is a PHP migration of Radiat (which is RoR based.)

    Wolf CMS is an actively developed fork of Frog which readers of this list might want to be aware of:


  • wow, love this list! thanks for it.

  • wordpress the best, and joomla

  • GetSimple != CMS Made Simple

  • kevin

    There has also TYPOlight! (nothing to do with typo3!)

  • Thomas Rehhoff

    Hi, TYPO3 is not mainly used for blogging, it is a full grown enterprice oriented CMS – it can be used for blogging, but if that’s all you want, you might as well go for wordpress, which is more geared for that. Choosing TYPO3 just for blogging is way overkill in my professional opinion (I’m a TYPO3 webconsultant). It has a modular approach where you can implement your own funtions as a new module or choose from the more than 4200 already existing modules – you need a forum, somebody wrote a forummodule etc. As for the statement that it is hard to administrate I would only partly agree with you. Yes if you’re starting from scratch you will use a lot of time setting up the system, having to deal with which modules to install and which not, but the everyday administrative work is very simple and you can control absolutely everything giving you a very felxible system to setup for your end users – including workflows, macros for tedious routine work, and adjusting the backend functions and layout to suit the needs of the users.

  • lossy

    Yet another list of “best CMS” who doesn’t inclucde MODx in it…

    Even though the 2 others winner of this year Packt publishing prizes are listed (WordPress and Silvertripe).

    That’s a bit depressing…

  • Great info.

  • chad

    Yes, where is EE (Expression Engine) in this list?

  • Mike

    FrogCMS is DEAD! You should check out it’s fork WolfCMS at http://www.wolfcms.org

    Is run by one of the old Frog developers and it’s being actively with a new release due out soon!

  • Great, thanks for this selection :)

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  • very nice listing.. Thanks…

  • adrian

    r u guys serious joomla hard to install!, unless ur a newbee ive been using it before the mambo split and its quite easy to work with the only -ve about joomla is content adminstration, u cannnot assign content to individual users

  • Best CMS for blogging is WordPress. It has lot of pluginns and themes.

  • Ryan

    Definitely agree with some of the other commenters. Where is MODx? The best open source CMS out there by 20 miles. So customizable, yet so simple. It does everything I ask it to, easily and completely. And the templating is so simple. If you have an HTML design already made (or downloaded), you basically plug in a few codes (and I do mean VERY FEW!) and you’re ready to go. No extraneous, confusing, and not-easily-customizable PHP to insert like Joomla. Joomla templating is crap compared to MODx.

  • Drupal is the best cms.

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  • Great list. Although ModX is an awesome CMS / Framework as well. It’s not designed for blogging, but can be made into a blog quite easily.

  • The collection of these blogs are the best. I personally use some blogs like joomla, Xoops, TYP03. Thanks for all the collection.

  • cool, thanks for sharing

  • I think the best one is wordpress.

  • wow superb list good work writer.

  • If you have an HTML design already made (or downloaded), you basically plug in a few codes (and I do mean VERY FEW!) and you’re ready to go. No extraneous, confusing, and not-easily-customizable PHP to insert like Joomla. Joomla templating is crap compared to MODx.

  • cool, thanks for sharing

  • i think drupal is the best one.

  • Great list. I think drupal should have been a bit higher.

  • I am glad to see Textpattern (http://textpattern.com) here. Light, fast, robust CMS!

  • I am just seeking the best possible blog functionality to combine with Joomla 1.6 site. I really can not easy decide since in the future I will need integration with that joomla because of membership plans… And 1.6 still does not have good blog features

  • jaime

    which is the top one from your opinion? typo 3?

  • Thanks for this list!
    There are so many free & paid Web/Blog CMS!!
    Life really is too short to try them all!
    Seems everyone is trying to build a CMS…
    None of them can make an omelette with Caesar salad…:-)
    Best wishes

  • I think wordpress is best option for blogging. Thanks for a list. :)

  • Man

    I love typo3. I wouldn’t say that it is very difficult to administrate. Creating new template for joomla is much complicated task than making unique design web site based on typo3.

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    Thanks for sharing your info this is very useful information,very helpful for online learners,

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  • Naga Chavakula

    This is good list, there is one new open source CMS http://www.makemypublication.com which is developed in .NET MVC using latest jquery plugins

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