WordPress is one of the most popular CMS in the world. We are big fans of WordPress, but there are numerous fantastic, powerful, and useful alternatives to this CMS out there. In most cases, people are searching for WordPress alternatives when they:
- don't want to worry about hosting, backups, updates, and other stuff;
- want to customize the look of their website without coding;
- want to see both admin panel and website preview on the same screen just like WYSIWYG editors work;
- would like to get an extended solution without add-ons and plugins.
In this list, we have collected 24 excellent WordPress alternatives with different features and purposes. Some of them are self-hosted solutions, other tools are the best choice for bloggers or e-commerce stores, and some are suitable for developers. We are covering 24 WordPress alternatives with their cons, pros, and pricing.
Wix is a popular website builder that claims itself as a perfect tool. It provides intuitive, easy to use interface where you will be taken by the hand through the process of creating a website. You can use Wix for free for personal or small business needs. Both premium and free plans offer pre-made templates to use. It has e-commerce support so you can build an online store on Wix.
- you can pick one of the hundreds of quality templates;
- you can customize your site’s appearance through drag-and-drop editors without plugins.
- since your site is hosted with Wix and in most cases it uses a subdomain, you don’t really have full control over the site. Theoretically, Wix can take it down at any moment, but I don't think it's going to happen.
Pricing: Wix's prices start at $11 per month for the Combo plan. It's ad-free and includes a domain name for 1 year. Wix Unlimited costs $14 per month and is ideal for larger sites (3000+ monthly visits)
MotoCMS is the best option when it comes to creating your first website. It is an easy solution for beginners. First, choose a template you like from 2500 pre-made options; second, customize your template, and add your content; add necessary SEO settings, and third, publish your site.
On MotoCMS, you'll find website templates for photographers, real estate agencies, restaurants, blogs, and more.
- sleek and beautiful website builder;
- faster than WordPress on 40%;
- many useful widgets;
- live chat and good support.
- an e-commerce plug-in requires extra $99;
- does not really useful as a blogging solution.
Pricing: MotoCMS offers four types of template options which range from $49 to $229 per template.
CraftCMS is an effective content management system. Netflix website was built using CraftCMS. It does not provide pre-made templates like WordPress. Instead, you can use their dashboard to design a website yourself. However, this tool is intended for more advanced users, not beginners.
- flexible content fields;
- an admin can group users together;
- you can view users dashboard and website preview side by side.
- sometimes you may need to code your own plugin because their library is small;
- it is not suitable for beginners.
Pricing: 60 to enable License Updates for Craft CMS Pro or $200 Craft Commerce. That's $5 - $15 a month to stay on the latest version plus get Developer Support.
Medium is a unique tool in this list. It has a great concept: you can write and publish your blog post along with other authors. You can also become a part of Medium community and follow other authors.
In a few words, it's a free website to publish your images, blog posts, and stories.
- best writing experience in this collection;
- Medium disperses your content for you based on algorithmic curation while with WordPress you are on your own.
- You can't use your private domain name;
- There are no pre-made templates and you can't change the design of your blog posts, only content.
Weblium is an innovative website builder created by a founder of famous Template Monster. This website builder allows you to create a modern, beautiful, responsive website and get online fast.
There are no annoying sidebars to edit something, simply click on the element you want to edit and change it. Ready-made blocks will help you to create a page in a matter of a click: remove or add anything you want.
- Very easy-to-use website builder;
- A perfect option to create a website in a minute;
- Fast support team;
- Always beautiful websites.
- Have not so many templates;
- Doesn't have an e-commerce module.
Pricing: Free; Pro plan starts at $10.50
For those of you who need an e-commerce alternative to WordPress, here is a perfect tool for you. The biggest pros of Big Commerce is that they don't charge you for transactions. Besides, they offer a significant number of website templates and useful drag and drop feature.
- it supports payment gateways including PayPal, Apple Pay, Stripe, and Amazon Pay;
- Unlike Shopify, it does not require any transaction fee.
- premium themes are very expensive;
- a blogging platform is not as good as WordPress;
- theme editor is also not as good as other alternatives.
Pricing: BigCommerce's prices start from $29.95 per month for the Standard plan, $79.95 per month for Plus, and $249.95 per month for Pro.
If you need a blogging platform alternative to WordPress, then take a closer look at Ghost. It was created as an online publishing platform for bloggers. It is much simpler, better, and flexible than WordPress. One of the best options for beginner bloggers.
- advanced post editor;
- simple interface;
- just like in WordPress, you need to buy your hosting.
- as it is designed for bloggers, Ghost is not suitable for any other purposes;
- this tool is brand new so that they are still in the testing phase.
Pricing: $29 per month for 100k views; $79 per month for 500k views; $199per month for 1M views.
Squarespace provides a useful tool to create a portfolio, online store, blog, or anything in between. This solution is premium, but you can give it a test drive for free.
Focus on content creating, while Squarespace will take care of hosting and software to run your site.
- Squarespace offers a huge set of pre-made designs that are optimized for all kinds of professions and purposes.
- Its site builder is really easy and intuitive to use.
- Just like with Wix and other similar solutions in this list, Squarespace hosts your website on subdomains and you don't have full control over your site.
Pricing: Price: $8-$24/month
PageCloud is a visual alternative to WordPress. They offer WYSIWYG interface and drag and drop feature for easy editing. With this tool, you can edit, modify, and rearrange any element of the page in a few clicks.
- easy visual editing;
- WordPress importer;
- easy app integrations.
- not the best choice for websites with thousands of pages;
- the tool has limitations for bloggers;
- does not have a native e-commerce solution.
Pricing: All inclusive plan - $24/month or $240/year
If you are looking for a multilingual website builder, then Webnode is the right tool for you. You can use plugins to create a multilingual website. It has straightforward basic features comparing to WordPress.
- great for SEO;
- perfect for multilingual websites.
- limited e-commerce features;
- missing some key features.
Pricing: Standard plan starts from $11.95/mo
Tumblr is a popular free blogging platform that also goes as a social media site. You can choose free or premium themes and publish your content in a few minutes.
Your blog will be hosted by Tumblr, so you don't have to worry. However, unlike WordPress, you can't run an e-commerce store there or easily monetize your blog.
- provides micro logs to everyone;
- has many blog themes;
- Tumblr is also a social network.
- you can’t monetize your blog;
- not so many high-quality themes as for WordPress.
Ionos is one more fully hosted website builder with 'drag and drop' feature. Pick a theme suitable for your industry and goals. Change the placeholder content easily.
- every plan gives you hosting, a free domain name, and your own branded email addresses;
- affordable hosting and email address with your domain.
- website themes aren’t as well designed compared to other CMS;
- there is no free plan available;
- outdated interface.
Pricing: For one website it's $1 per month.
Magento is an e-commerce tool that is suitable for online shops. The basic version of Magento is available for free. So generally you need only buy some hosting, and that's it.
- offers advanced features for e-commerce purposes;
- a lot of user guides that help you to work with Magento.
- many outdated themes;
- not so many default payment gateways.
Pricing: Free! Magento EE (Enterprise) - Starts at $22,000 per year.
Textpattern is an open-source CMS that shares the same server with WordPress. With its help, you can convert the plain text into HTML.
- once you get used to their interface, you really will find WordPress's interface bit overdone;
- the Template System lets you tweak your website to the heart's content;
- it features extensive documentation.
- Admin back end unattractive;
- Confusing for newbies;
- Lesser number of themes or templates (as compared to WordPress)
Statamic is a premium CMS that does not store your website data in their servers. Instead, they are using PHP and Markdown to generate pages. This software is created for developers to help them speed up every process of website designing.
- a premium product with easy access to devs;
- it can be used as a flat-file CMS with the option to wire-up a database if needed.
- high price, not an option for low-budget projects;
- this CMS is more suitable for developers.
Pricing: Single Site License $199
Expression Engine is a PHP and MySQL content management system. They offer a free plan, but unfortunately, it has very limited features. It is not an open-source CMS that requires a license fee and a lot of other premium add-ons.
- it offers a load of features but with WordPress, default dashboard has fewer features;
- powerful capabilities for working with user groups and setting access rights.
- limited functionality with a free version;
- the choice of add-ons is comparatively limited. WordPress offers ten times more.
Pricing: Free, plus monthly web hosting costs; also offers premium plans up to $1,999
Shopify is a favorite WordPress alternative when it comes to online shops. It goes fully equipped with everything you may need to sell products or services online. Besides, Shopify also has tools that can help you to promote your business.
- a powerful e-commerce platform;
- lots of marketing tools;
- easy to setup and use.
- Not really a website builder so that Shopify has limited design control;
- expensive as it requires transportation fees.
Pricing: Basic Shopify - $29/month; Shopify - $79/month; Advanced Shopify - $299/month; Shopify Plus - $2,000/month.
Drupal is another popular and old content management system. It powers about 2% of websites on the internet. Besides, Drupal has an active developers community. It can be run on any web host that supports WordPress and Joomla.
- Drupal is stable powerful CMS that is also free and open source; - it has a huge community;
- Drupal can be customized to do almost anything.
- It is not easy to learn how it works for a beginner;
- good themes and plugins are pricey.
Webflow is a great WordPress alternative for those of you who found the ultimate tool quite complicated. Webflow feels like Photoshop with lots of options. It would be not that easy for beginners, but once you understand how it works, you see how cool this tool is. Webflow has lots of beautiful templates. You can start with a free plan.
Pricing: Free; Basic plan starts with $12 per month
PulseCMS is a flat CMS that does not use a database. On a statiс website, you can edit blocks with PulseCMS. It means you can create a static website and back end editing for your client.
Pricing: $297 for unlimited use
Grav is also a flat-file CMS. An interesting fact is that RocketTheme designed grav, that is a WordPress theme shop. With Grav, you can define custom blocks. It is more suitable for developers.
Jekyll is a site generator written on NodeJS and Ruby. It has a different purpose than WordPress. With Jekyll, you can take a text and generate a static HTML page. It was designed for more advanced users who are familiar with the command line and Git. In a nutshell, it is made for developers.
Subrion is a responsive, customizable, WordPress alternative with excellent SEO features. It has editable themes and plugins that allow you to extend functionality. It offers native payment systems for monetizing your website with no plugins required.
Pricing: Free with premium themes and plugins
For over ten years, Joomla is on the market. It offers a robust, multipurpose, open-source solution for website building. It goes with all WordPress features and even more. Government, small business, corporations, and non-profit organizations all over the globe are using Joomla. It also offers templates and plugins.
Pricing: Prices vary