WordPress is the most popular and the most widely-used CMS anywhere. Do you know that in 2013 alone about 18.9% of websites used the WordPress platform? It was one of the most downloaded publishing platform with 46 million downloads in 2013.
WordPress is the mother ship to more than 76 million websites with about 13.1 billion pages in a month. It is also the platform of some of the most popular and high traffic websites like CNN and TeleCrunch. Other notable figures about WordPress is that it has about 26,000 user-contributed plugins which explains the massive support that it gets from its supporters. You can easily find all these plugin when you check out WordPress.com.
But although WordPress will continue to be a formidable, WordPress alternatives have recently populated the web. Some say that these simpler options are better for simpler sites and for novice site owners as well. If you agree that this is so, here are the most popular options to consider:
- Ghost – was once blogging software but now is a full-pledged CMS that can help run any kind of website. Ghost may be used as a publishing platform for online directories, e commerce sites and photo galleries to name a few. It is straightforward, fast and rich in important features that a blogger and website owner will need.
- Jekyll – this platform improves page loading since it runs as a static site generator. It has great features for a blog or website however a novice user may not be able to work it since it uses pure codes to install and manage. But if high performance and quality publishing is what you are looking for then Jekyll is your CMS.
- Statamic – static plus dynamic equals Statamic. Pages are loaded just like how it is in WordPress but it does not require MySQL for database management. It stores content through a simple flat line directory structure therefore it is fast, efficient and loaded with amazing dynamic features even when it runs on flat lines.
- Craft – Craft is new and simple and it gets rid of the bloat by giving users only the features that he needs. Craft is free so this means that you can have your website ready in just a few clicks without buying anything. You may however add features to your site and these are purchased in the form of packages: Craft has the Localize package, Cloud package and so many more.
- Perch – this CMS tool describes itself as a “really little CMS” since it is simple to use and features a very basic interface however you can build your own site in an instant and then add CMS functionality. Many are impressed with Perch’s clean control panel that will never confuse novice and non-technical users.
WordPress is not slowing down and in fact it is still growing year after year. But if you are new to web design and are looking for a simpler and almost code-free website creator then these top WordPress alternatives may be the ones you are looking for.