The idea of a web content management system is not new. The idea has been around for a while and the number of features being offered by the current generation of WCMS makes them suitable for everyone from an amateur setting up their first blog to seasoned developers looking to implement a high end ecommerce website.

The best thing about the WCMS community of the internet is that there are a number of excellent solutions available that are designed to be flexible, easy to use and best of all, free of cost.

Following is a list of ten such WCMS. If we have missed out a platform that you prefer, let us know in the comments below:


WordPress is the best known WCMS out there. It is the dominant player in the market with installations powering everything from a simple blog to entire estores. The plethora of plugins and extensions make it the most customizable platform for web development. WordPress is the most common publishing platform on the internet.



Joomla was released in 2005. The idea behind Joomla was a publishing platform that offers flexible development environment to the developers. The software has been downloaded more than 30 million times. According to the estimates, it is the second most common WCMS in the world.



Drupal is the open source WCMS that has gained a lot attention in the recent years. The platform was introduced in 2001 and has managed to develop a loyal base of developers and users that swear by the capabilities of the WCMS. A default Drupal installation can be converted into a website, blog or a forum with minimum of work.



SilverStripe is a WCMS developed in PHP. The distinguishing feature of the platform is its implementation of responsive design in its default installation. This out-of-box feature has contributed a lot in making the platform a well-known name in the WCMS world.

Cushy CMS

The one word description of Cushy CMS is unlimited. The WCMS is available for free. The fan boys of the platform says that the use of the platform offer unlimited use with sites sporting unlimited pages and categories.


Frog CMS


Developed in PHP, Frog CMS is designed to offer a simplified interface, easy user management and flexible templates for every page. The package shares a history with Radiant CMS. However, despite similarities, Frog CMS has evolved into an independent product.

Radiant CMS


Radient CMS is often cited as a well-known example of the power of Ruby on Rails. The ROR background adds an element of elegance to the platform. The platform is exceedingly popular in ROR community and is slowly winning fans outside the ROR community.

Wolf CMS

Wolf CMS was the result of the 2010 Packt Publishing’s Open Source awards. The platform is a fork of the Frog CMS. The core idea behind the fork was to provide a platform that runs on all popular web servers.  Wolf CMS runs of all major web servers including Apache, Zeus, Cherokee, Lighttpd, Nginx and Hiawatha.


The WCMS designed exclusively for people with little or no technical skills. Concrete5 offers on page editing of the content rather than using a separate editing page on the website. The WCMS is released under the MIT open source license. This means that the software is classified as Free and Open Source by the developers.


dotCMS has emerged as one of the most unusual WCMS in the market. The platform has introduced the concept of “structures”. These structures allow on the fly modification to the setup of the website. Thus the person managing the website will only have to worry about the content alone. The WCMS scales itself to accommodate various changes in the load and traffic.