We all love Content Management Systems and if not, then we need them because our websites would not run at the same power and the web would not be the same. The web we know today is loaded with websites using content management systems, I doubt there are some that are not using them. That’s why bellow I’ve created a list containing some of the most popular solutions for creating any kind of website.
So in order to make things easier for everyone I’ve divided this article in more sections so that you will be able to navigate much more easily.
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General Content Management Scripts
These scripts are very powerful and require prior knowledge to use them. All documentation available on their site, but each is different.
The second most popular dedicated content management script. Like WordPress, Drupal has an incredible community that is willing to help you 24 / 7. In addition Drupal is open source platform and you can find a multitude of modifications and professional designs for it.
This is a CMS that is long in the charts of the best content management scripts. Xoops is simple to use with a variety of applications.
I will not lie, Typo3 CMS is not designed for everyone … it is very hard to use it but once you understand the principles underlying it the possibilities are endless.
Is a highly customizable open source content management system available in over 36 languages. It is very simple to use and can be a part of any kind of web related project being able to handle all kind of contents.
One of the most complex scripts I’ve ever encountered. Joomla is also the one of the top three most used scripts. Do not be afraid because it has a manual of use and many more uses. Typo3 and Drupal also, what you can do with Joomla is unlimited.
The developers of SiteFrame CMS call this CMS lightweight created in order to serve the performance. It is extremely minimalist and moves as fast as light.
7. PHP Nuke
I think this CMS is one of the first scripts that I’ve ever used and this happened through 2003-2004 so it is quite old in the web industry. Not long ago, the creators of PHP Nuke returned with a new version of the script that has a lot of new features.
Is a great solution for all kind of dynamic web applications. It is created using PHP and it supports MySQL, PostgreSQL or MS SQL.
Created in PHP, e107 portal system is there to bring you all the features needed for a real portal. The platform is in constant development bringing new features on a constant basis.
Is an open source CMS based on Zope and CMF. Is a very powerful script which let’s people who have less knowledge about technical stuff to handle it with ease. The CMS manages to combine beauty with performance at a professional level.
The leading CMS for enterprise systems. They are quite old in the industry and bring professionalism at a low price too.
Free and open source content managing platform created to serve marketing needs. It comes with a control bar which works as WYSIWYG editor so that you will be able to edit every page with ease.
Is the most popular CMS available in Vietnam. Their latest version include XHTML, CSS3, XTemplates and of course jQuery.
If you plan to create an online store then this is the place you are looking for because the scripts below are what you need in order to succeed.
Undoubtedly the most popular choose of the professionals when it comes to electronic commerce. One thing that is incredible about Magento is that everything is available 100% free. Also, behind Magento you’ll find many tools and modifications that will ease your work along with a community that will make you even more happy.
Zen Cart is a popular CMS for ecommerce is used by thousands of online shops. Along with its popularity, ZenCart comes with a friendly interface.
Is an e-shop – ecommerce system which has helped over 251,400 store owners to set up an online based store. At the moment, the osCommerce website database has over 6,600 great add-ons to help you fully customize your online store.
It has been awarded as the no 1 e-commerce solution for web stores in France and Europe. PrestaShop is a great solution for every store owner managing to bring aesthetics along with performance and ease of use.
19. Alegro Cart
Is the smart choice if you are looking for a system that has pre-configured options for marketing and if you want to have full control about every piece of content that is displayed on your website.
20. OS CMAX
Is a very powerful CMS designed to serve the need of a simple web store having all the basic features and a lot of add-ons to help you customize it as you wish.
21. Open Cart
For people who like to chat or want to create a community based on forum interaction type, these are most popular CMS’s created to serve this purpose.
Undoubtedly the most popular platform in the industry dedicated online community discussions. Personally I like to compare this #1 free open source discussion board with WordPress, but in this case is about forums not blogs. Simple, free, stable, high performance and also has tons of add-ons and modifications.
SMF or Simple Machines Forum is an open source CMS dedicated to forums creation and community building. SMF can be associated to a pack containing performance, aesthetics and bulletin board.
Free and open source bulletin board created to serve the need of users. MyBB developers have spend quite some time on building a easy to use interface for users and admins.
One of the greatest scripts created by the popular developers from Agryia. Modern and powerful, Discuzz brings innovation to bulletin boards by making a fusion with social media websites.
This is the most popular premium platform dedicated to bulletin boards. Many say that building a forum requires quite some time and it can have it disadvantages (spamming). vBulletin is the best option for your forum and unquestionably it has the best support.
Is simple and extremely advanced. Invision Power Board or IPB on short can provide you with tools that will make from a simple bulletin board quite a web directory containing thousands of categories on unlimited levels. The user management is also easy and the admin control panel is a piece of cake.
Since blogging has become a trend everyone has heard of WordPress. Be aware that there are other options for those of you who want to try something new and I can say that they are quite cool actually.
Unquestionably the best CMS available. WordPress offers since 2002 the most advanced blogging platform and also a huge community that helps each day with plugins and professional themes. Due to the simplicity and modifications that are available for WordPress, it has become more than just a blogging platform now being used for all kind of web projects including Feed Agregators, Portals, Question and Answer websites and many others.
29. Nucleus CMS
Is a CMS with functions pretty similar to WordPress ones. Nucleus offers multiple author feature, creating and saving posts and managing multiple blogs.
Very powerful and free blogging CMS engine having versatile skins, easy photo management and also tons of features to help you with the creation of text articles and multimedia ones.
LifeType has a system similar to WordPress Network. With Lifetype you can create multiple blogs with a single installation. It has a very nice user friendly interface easy to use for everyone.
DotClear has recently celebrated turning 8 years. The platform has managed to power quite some great blogs in this time and it seems like the are releasing a new version soon.
Wikipedia is a great example that manages to prove that simple can become successful when we talk about websites. Below are some scripts that perform exactly the same functions as the Wikipedia site.
34. Doku Wiki
Probably the most popular CMS created to serve the documents industry. It is standards compliant and pretty minimalist like all wikis. All data is stored in plain text files – no database is required.
Behind TikiWiki is a large community of developers working very hard on improving the platform. Within it’s features you will be able to see that TikiWiki offers a script pretty similar to Wikipedia, forum bulletins such as phpBB and Link directories, RSS feeds etc. pretty much everything is needed for a real Wiki site.
36. PHP Wiki
Images & Photo Galleries
When we talk about photo sites we have to be very careful and professional because image counts. These meet all those requirements with ease.
A great image gallery creator which powers thousands of popular websites. The script was created by the popular German developers at 4homepages.de
This is a script that places great importance on looks and performance. If you are looking for these two, then Coppermine is your tool.
It has a simple name which says it all. Don’t be fooled by the simple name because Gallery has a great interface and also a very complex system which makes photo sharing a fortune.
An advanced standalone gallery focusing on bringing best out of your pictures. Zen Photo has tons of features, but what I’ve noticed is that it has Automatically generated sizes, Drag and drop sorting and moving and of course a complex file managing.
Like the name says, TinyWebGallery was not created for large photo sharing websites, but for small and professional ones.
Social Media & Dating
Sites such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube make quite a buzz in the online. The scripts bellow are inspired by these sites and most of them really manage to bring authenticity.
This is a brilliant script designed for social bookmarking. Pligg CMS is the first designed to meet the need for social bookmarking script. It is also the best social bookmarking script out there followed by a Drupal extension named Drigg.
This is my personal favorite. I love Dolphin script because of it’s amazing way of displaying content and also the great user interface which makes everybody love it. With Dolphin, you are limited just by imagination because it helps you to build whatever you like!
45. Social Engine
Is a social network script that helps you to create your own fully customizable social media website with ease. It has no powered by links in footer, it has no ads, no code is encrypted so you can enjoy customized it and make it your own.
46. PG Dating
Smart and flexible CMS platform created for helping you to establish a professional dating website easy and fast.
47. OS Date
This is the most popular script created for dating purposes which is 100% free. You can also add some extra features, but for $5 each.
48. Dzoic Handshakes
Dzoic is a community of web developers made popular with the video script. The Dzoic Handshake is the perfect script for social media and dating purposes.
49. PHP Fox
PHP Fox was created based on features collected from the major social media websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter. In simple words, if you want to create a website like Facebook, PHPFox is a great way of doing it.
50. ASP Net Dating
To be quite honest, ASP Net Dating is a script pretty expensive, but if you take a look at what it can do for your Dating website, I guess is worth it.