Content Management System or CMS is an application used to manage news easily so that users can publish, edit, and delete articles from the back-end admin system. HTML and other scripting languages are not necessary to operate a CMS, though having them will add more advantages.
Since we had looked into 22 open source PHP frameworks, I decided to do a roundup of 20 Open Source PHP Content Management Systems so that readers who don’t have strong PHP knowledge can easily create their website using free and open-source CMS.
WordPress is a powerful yet easy to use content management system. Initially, it was designed as a blogging platform. However, it slowly becomes popular and can be customized into a powerful CMS with some tricks and plugins. I had written an article about WordPress SEO plugins and also talked about things that you should know about WordPress 2.8.
Drupal is a free and open-source modular framework and Content Management System (CMS) written in PHP. It is used as a back-end system for many different types of websites, ranging from small personal blogs to large corporate and political sites.
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.
4. Frog CMS
Frog CMS simplifies content management by offering an elegant user interface, flexible templating per page, simple user management and permissions, as well as the tools necessary for file management.
SilverStripe is a PHP CMS built with the Sapphire framework, and it uses the MVC design pattern. You can view example sites that built with SilverStripe from the official webpage.
Mambo is a full-featured, award-winning content management system that can be used for everything from simple websites to complex corporate applications. Although some Mambo sites had already migrated to Joomla, i think I should include Mambo as it is still a great CMS.
TYPOlight is a PHP 5 CMS, and it has many features such as live update, cross-browser CSS framework generator(IE7 compatible), templated based front end output, use Ajax and Web 2.0 technologies. You should check out the main page for more info.
Concrete5 is an open-source content management system with a simple administrator interface. You can edit a web page live by using the editing toolbar provided after you log in as an administrator.
Textpattern is yet another prevalent content management system. It requires PHP 4 to run and has many plugins that you can use for various customizations.
Symphony is a CMS that uses XML/XSLT as its templating language. Symphony lets you customize anything you like, from the web site’s URL structure to your publishing environment. For a nonprogrammer, this CMS might be complicated to learn.
MODx is both a PHP application framework and content management system. MODx is the first free PHP CMS to offer an API that fully supports Web 2.0 Ajax technology. It is SEO friendly CMS and allows you to configure the meta content for each page.
12. Habari Project
Habari is a highly recommended, open-source blogging platform. It is being written specifically for a modern web hosting environment and uses modern object-oriented programming techniques.
13. CMS Made Simple
CMS Made Simple is highly customizable, and there are many Modules for you to download. The Documentation is pretty complete and easy to follow.
ImpressCMS is a community developed Content Management System. It is highly scalable and is extremely useful for managing online communities.
15. Exponent CMS
Exponent uses an intuitive and flexible content editing system that allows website pages to be edited on the page as it is displayed. You can download modules and themes from the official website too!
MiaCMS is a fork of the Mambo CMS. It has a powerful and extensible third party extension system, and also a flexible site theming capabilities. MiaCMS supports OpenID and can consider being a stable and mature CMS.
17. Jojo CMS
Jojo is a search engine friendly CMS. You will have an SEO friendly URL to your article, and Jojo will handle www/non-www domains for you. Besides SEO friendly, Jojo also lets you extend the functionality by adding product databases, blogs, image galleries, or whatever takes your fancy.
TYPO3 is a free Open Source content management system for enterprise purposes on the web and in intranets. It offers full flexibility and extendability while featuring an accomplished set of ready-made interfaces, functions, and modules.
19. Elxis CMS
Elxis CMS comes with many features such as Search Engine Friendly URL, strong security, adjustable member list, and complete user profiles. Its automated tasks, modern design, AJAX technology, and multi-lingual interface helps you be more productive.
Chyrp is a lightweight blogging platform, and it uses Twig as the templating engine. The documentation is quite complete, and you can download a lot of useful modules from the main site.