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30 Best PHP Based Open Source CMS

If you are using internet and often visit websites like e-commerce or blog then you might notice that they look a like, means their structure are. This is not the matter of copying interface as you many are thinking, they just using the same type of CMS – Content Management System. Yes, there are many CMS available for your website, most of them are Open Source. You can not only use them but may modify too according to your need but under GNU license.

The best example of these CMS are blogs – most of the blogging websites are using PHP based WordPress CMS which has highly customize friendly interface, you can choose your blog themes from million of out there, add multi-functional wordpress plugins for better interaction with your site.

Now move on to other PHP Based Open Source CMS, following list shows you 30 Open Source CMS besides WordPress which can be useful to build your website and manage your contents.



1. AdaptCMS

Despite being a “minor version”, this release still packs quite a bit more than we originally planned. The biggest part is a whole lot of bugs fixed, from the mod_rewrite to the plugins being fixed and in many other areas. Another part was the security was enhanced, not just improving it in the social area of the site but a newly implemented “SALT” method. This makes it extremely difficult for anyone to hack your website and gain entry as the salt password is randomly generated for each Adapt …


2. OneCMS

OneCMS 2.6.4 is live! The release brings with it many new features, enhancements, and bug fixes making OneCMS more customizable than ever before. The release marks a major milestone for OneCMS, we hope you enjoy!


3. Pluck

The pluck development team is proud to announce the release of pluck 4.7. This is a major update which contains the latest developments the pluck development team has worked on. We recommend all users to update their pluck installation as soon as possible…


4. KaiBB

KaiBB 2.0.1 is now available for download and is stored upon our Dedicated Google Code account for KaiBB – http://code.google.com/p/kaibb/downloads/list?can=3. This version of KaiBB has been written from scratch taking principlies and features from the KaiBB 1.0.X series and writing them from scr…


5. 11in1

It is an Open-Source Content Management System (CMS) that is written in PHP and powered by MySQL. It does not only help you manage your personal blog but also maintain your postings at social networks.


6. Active CMS

Active CMS is a very simple Content Management System, designed for personal websites, everybody can use it, developed in OOP PHP5/MySQL and jQuery/Ajax, the admin interface is lightweight and very easy to use.



ALPHA CMS 8.2 and ALPHA Framework 8.0 is the most complete and advanced system ever developed! ALPHA CMS and ALPHA Framework is a killer web application / system that can support huge projects. ALPHA CMS is written in PHP and MySQL.


8. Anantasoft Gazelle

Anantasoft Gazelle CMS is a free open source CMS solution, which is fully W3C HTML 1.0 strict compliant, Search Engine Friendly and easily extendable with modules and templates.


9. Apprain

appRain is one of the first officially released Open-source Content Management Framework (CMF).


10. ArticleSetup

ArticleSetup is the powerful, flexible, and surprisingly simple web software that you can use to setup your own article directory. And, it’s completely free! Built with PHP/MySQL, this script is easy to use, customizable, feature-rich, and fully supported.


11. Automne

Automne, a free open-source content management system (CMS) writen in PHP. You can use it to create your website freely and easily.


12. Bigace

BIGACE – Dynamic Web CMS – is a free, professional grade software package that allows you to set up your own Website within minutes. Its powerful backend puts you in full control of the layout, service and content of your Pages.


13. bitweaver

Bitweaver is an application framework for content management. It is a fully functional web application and CMS, and is used to power every page on this site.


14. Centurion

Centurion is an open-source CMS delivered as a flexible PHP5 Content Management Framework. It’s based on Zend framework.


15. chillyCMS

chillyCMS is written for small to medium projects. The main aspect is usability, so everybody can use it on the fly without the need to read a manual first.


16. CitusCMS

CitusCMS ist ein schnelles, flexibles und benutzerfreundliches Open Source Content-Management-System.


17. ClanSphere

ClanSphere is an advanced Web CMS for clan and e-sport related pages. It features module management, switching of templates, theme sets, languages and contains over 50 modules from start on. It supports a wide range of PHP versions and database drivers.


18. CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple is an open source (GPL) package, built using PHP that provides website developers with a simple, easy to use utility to allow building small-ish (dozens to hundreds of pages), semi-static websites.


19. conceptcms

conceptcms is a PHP and MySQL-based, scalable and very flexible Content Management System: multi-language, WYSIWYG editor, media library, YAML CSS framework fully supported, modules to enhance base functionality, templates.


20. concrete5

concrete5 is simple for site owners to use, and powerful for site developers to work with. You owe it to yourself to check out C5.


21. Contao

Contao Open Source CMS (fka TYPOlight) is a powerful web content management system for people who want a professional internet presence that is easy to maintain. It was developed by Leo Feyer in 2006 and has been released under GNU/LGPL.


22. coscms

simple and small and modular CMS system to use with mysql and PHP. Modules can be distributed as git repos. Modules can be web, shell, template, or profiles (distribution).


23. Cotonti 

Cotonti is an agile website engine which is special for its speed, security and clarity which enables you to build almost anything you wish with some knowledge of PHP, or just enjoy many popular features that work out of the box.


24. deV!L`z Clanportal

DZCP is a cms system for online gaming clans and communities.


25. Diem

Open source CMS & CMF for symfony …designed to build not so simple websites. based on modern, powerful frameworks full MVC and object oriented made with flexibility and performance in mind.



DITA CMIS Explorer™ by DITALabs, is an Open Source web-based repository browser, which seamlessly integrates and extends existing content management systems to support DITA.


27. DornCMS

DornCMS is an extremely easy to use content management system written in PHP. It is meant for simple personal or informational websites that don’t require a lot of interaction. DornCMS is completely file based; no database needed.


28. Drupal

Drupal is a free software package that allows anyone to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Hundreds of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power an endless variety of sites.


29. Dubsite

Dubsite is a minimalistic and powerful CMS built upon the Zend Framework. The default installation includes basic plugins to create Articles, Webforms, Menus and other. It allows you to manage personal or business websites and portals.


30. Dynamix

Exsense Dynamix is a CMS for create and manage web sites very easy. Exsense Dynamix implemented in two sections: Dynamix CMS and Dynamix Admin. By Exsense Dynamix you can achieve a web site and manage it from desktop environment by rich desktop software.

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About the Author: Amit Tripathi

An Internet World Geek, hooked on all things pertaining to Web Design and Development & Online Magazine, intent on delivering you the best in Web content to simplify your Blogging Experience.

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