WordPress Alternatives, 11 Free and Open Source Blogging Platforms



WordPress is a free and open source content management system , used to build websites, the main function for which it was developed is to build blogs, but today it has become so sophisticated that it can be used to build nearly any type of website, and it is currently the most widespread and used among all content management systems, But this does not mean that it is the only system specialized in building blogs, there are many free and open source systems committed to building blogs, if for some reason you do not want to use WordPress to build your new blog, you can look at these alternative systems and choose the one that suits your needs.

The following systems that we will list in this article are all free and open source, which means that you can see and understand the code and then change or develop it to suit your needs provided you want to, or you can simply use the system as it is with changing the interface and design to build your new blog.

Note: Most of the general content management systems such as Joomla and Drupal can be used to build blogs, but we will not list these systems, but we will list systems specialized in building blogs only, and most of them are small, fast and light systems on the server.

First: Notation systems that use databases

1) Anchor CMS


If you want to build a simple blog, (without spices), quiet, light and fast browsing, then this system is what you are looking for, so light that the size of the system when installed does not match the size of a JPG image, it is within 150 KB, supports multi-user feature and add Comments on posts, but it does not provide an advanced layout panel, as is the case in WordPress, for example, you can write JavaScript and CSS codes in each post or post so that it looks different from the rest of the posts or other pages in the blog.

2) Chyrp


A light, quiet and elegant blogging system, coded in an organized and structured way, provides the feature of multi-user and multi-authorization, allows adding comments on posts, supports software addition as well as the installation of themes and templates in order to change the design, the localization of the system is available and shared by (hossamzee).

3) Publify


This blogging system is developed by the programming language (Ruby) and especially by (Ruby on Rails), its old name was (Typo) but its name was changed in recent years to (Publify), whether you are a Ruby fan and would like a ready-made blogging system or would like to total its development including It suits your needs, this is what you are looking for, it is an appealing, quiet and easy to deal with, compatible with screens of smartphones and tablets, provides a number of features such as: multi-user – micro-rotation and connection with Twitter to post tweets – page optimization features in search results (SEO) . It also provides a comment feature.

4) Dotclear


An easy-to-install blogging system that provides several features, including a blog formatting panel, multiple users and multiple micro-blogs within the site, static pages, multimedia manager (photos, videos, etc.), comments and control feature, anti-spam tool and other features , there are some software additions and related The 200 themes that can be downloaded for free to change the design of the site.

5) Nucleus CMS


A blogging system that provides a lot of features and functions, but its development has stopped since 2011. Among the features it provides are: multiple blogs and multiple writers, ratings feature, comments system, private links feature for blogs, search feature in blogs as well as in comments, RSS, uploading files and media files, Backing up the content, and also it is possible to install some software add-ons or develop one of them to meet the requirements of the site.

6) Jaws


A notation system, but it can be used to build other sites such as news sites and simple introductory sites. It has a control panel as in the picture that contains some features and capabilities such as multiple users, language control, installation or modification of templates and outside structuring.

7) LifeType


A light blogging system through which you can create more than one blog and more than one user for each blog. It provides basic features such as the content formatting panel, comments, design templates, as well as installing software plugins, moreover to a feature that is not available in many small systems, which is controlling content fields and adding new fields to the blog. Post constitution.

8) Storytlr


You can use this system to create a micro-blogging site, so that you share what you like from photos, videos, quotes, Twitter tweets and Facebook posts while browsing the Internet and publish them in this blog in a quick and easy way. You can link the site to several networks and Web 2.0 sites so that You bring the content you like from these sites to your mini-blog, and you can choose from several ready-made designs to suit your taste. Supports comments feature and provides text formatting panel.

9) Habari

A contemporary blogging system with some basic features such as multiple classifications, multiple users, comment management, supports the installation of addons, design control and the installation of templates easily, but it does not provide a text formatting panel in the posts.

Second: Notation systems that do not use databases

10) FlatPress


A database-free blogging system, it does not use databases such as MySQL, it keeps blogs and data in regular text files, useful provided databases are not supported in hosting or free hosting or provided you want to make the blog very light, supports the comments feature, but it It does not provide a text formatting panel but supports (BBCode) for text formatting. It supports the installation of templates (themes) and numerous free and beautiful themes are available.

11) Nibbleblog


Simple and easy to install and configure system, does not use databases to store content, its beginning was in 2010 so it is a contemporary and quiet design designer, characterized by ease of handling and clean and tidy design of the control panel, it also provides a coordination panel for the content of blogging, four types of content can be added ( Post – Video – Quote – Constant page) Provides some basic features such as adding comments to posts, supporting plugins and designer templates.

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