If you are setting up a standard blog, corporate website or just want to notify others that you are there on the web, hand-coding HTML pages and CSS is what is left for us before. Nowadays, all you got to do is buy hosting and install a Content Management System (CMS). Voila! Within few minutes you can view your website that is highly polished and that displays the content that you want to display to the whole world.
As always, there are multiple ways of using your website, from advertising your service, displaying a gallery, running an online magazine or even running a technical support page. This is the main reason why, though WordPress platform is very popular, we still have many other content management system available in the market, each having its own strength.
Free CMS Software
GreenGeeks offers exceptional CMS Hosting services. Here are some of the Free CMS Software apps that you can install and use:
WordPress: Possibly the most commonly uses and easily the most accessible CMS. The basic strength lies in the quick installation of this application and the enormous developer and user community that leads to a vast list of plugs and multiple platform enhancements. Using the vast template library and ease CSS and PHP file editing within the Administrator window, thing are very clear why WordPress is used by many for creating blogs to e-commerce websites.
Joomla: When we take a close look, the Joomla reveals the fact that billions of sites are running on this software the main reason being – it is very simple, extensively customizable and it suits almost any purpose. One of the main reasons for Joomla being often used by SME businesses, big organizations, non-profit organizations and individuals is that the Joomla’s administrator section is very easy to use. Also with its huge list of options for templates and styles for adding content blocks, menu management, adding feeds, and many more, you can visibly see why Joomla is a most popular choice for everyone.
ModX: Are you a novice, have no coding knowledge? Well ModX is the right CMS for you. It is easy for you to use as it allows any kind of non-technical people to create content. It also provides various benefits such as using different styles on a single page. Using ModX, the need for adding an SEO plugin is removed as it is developed to be a “blood brother” for different search engines by scraping all the information from the search sites without using any extra plugins.
TextPattern: TextPattern is a perfect solution for creating blogs and corporate websites as it possess a straightforward admin interface and a flexible design engine. It also features an inbuilt anti-spam tool that blocks all your unwanted comments. Using the different range of plugins available, you can extend the basic functions and create fantastic websites.
RefineryCMS: RefineryCMS is developed based on the Ruby on Rails framework. It uses the same conventions that made this platform a success, it also adopts a very strong focus on the end users when you develop the user interface by providing a very easy hook that will add new functions and redesigns both the front end and the administrator screens.
Drupal: The very popular free and open source Drupal CMS is very often chosen as the first choice whenever someone wants to build a new website. Drupal can be easily scaled for your blogs or enterprise sites, similar to WordPress there are many modules that you can use to increase the functionality of your site.
Concrete5: Concrete5 is best suitable for anyone to build and maintain a site without investing loads of money and spending lot of time. It is the best time saving solution for developers, designers and site owners, which probably make it one of the popular CMS. It is very easy to use and with a strong focus on the user, designer and developer, Concrete5 is certainly worth looking.
DotNetNuke: Many of the free CMS are written in PHP, as an exception we have DotNetNuke on of the native CMS that is written in Microsoft’s ASP.Net. It is best suited for Windows Servers and hence it is mostly used for enterprises that host their intranets on Windows servers. This makes DotNetNuke of on the strong reason for you to choose. DotNetNuke possesses open APIs which the developers can customize and use. It is not for free but still you can take a demo and trial.
TinyCMS: TinyCMS is very much useful for small sites as it keeps things very simple. TinyCMS uses an article submission tool known as TinyMCE and also few other PHP files to create your website. As there is no database, the pages that are cached on the server can be opened very quickly, which is one of the major feature of TinyCMS.