Five Alternatives to WordPress

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WordPress obviously stands as the most popular blogging platform in use today. And it is, for the most part, an excellent piece of software. However it is always a good idea to explore the alternatives, and you might even find one that you like! So here I present to you five excellent alternatives to WordPress for your blog.

b2evolution

b2evolution is an old one, but a good one. b2evolution is an open source blogging platform written in PHP, using a MySQL database. In fact, WordPress originated as a fork of b2evolution, back in 2003. And even though this blogging platform is that old, it is still being updated frequently to compete with more modern platforms.

Movable Type

Movable Type is probably one of the most popular alternatives to WordPress, and with good reason. It is a very powerful publishing platform, with all the features you would need to make a site like one running WordPress. And while some of the latest versions of Movable Type use an interface strikingly similar to that of WordPress, I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to try something different.

Habari

Habari is described on its website as "next-generation blogging". The main difference between Habari and other blogging platforms is the way it is built, designed for modern hosting environments. Their FAQ does a good job of explaining this:

Habari is being written specifically for modern web hosting environments, and uses modern object-oriented programming techniques. Using these recent but well-established additions to the PHP language allows Habari to make use of PDO, enabling prepared statements for all interactions with the database. This greatly reduces the system's vulnerability to SQL injection attacks. This is just one of many benefits of modern object-oriented techniques.

WikyBlog

Now this is an interesting one. WikyBlog is a content management system designed with the idea to combine the features of wikis and blogs into a single efficient application. It combines your standard blog styled organization that you'll find in any other blogging platform, with features found in wikis, such as collaborative editing and revision history.

Write Your Own

If you can't find a good blogging platform that suits all of your needs, and you are interested to learn, you might want to try your hand at writing your own! It's actually not very hard to create a very basic system, and it is a great learning experience. If you're new to this kind of thing, take a look at my (slightly old, but still good) PHP CMS tutorial, and work from there to make it into a full blog system.

Now don't get me wrong, I still love WordPress. But there are many alternatives out there, and some of them are actually very nice!

Would you suggest any other alternatives to WordPress? Be sure to leave a comment.

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8 Comments

  1. Spencer B.
    July 19, 2010

    I'm not sure if I would suggest any other blog alternative. If I were talking to someone less tech-savvy I'd say either go with a WordPress.com blog or a blogger blog. Most likely the blogger route. But for all things blogging, WordPress just seems to do the trick for pretty much anything :)

    • July 19, 2010

      Well, WordPress is a great blogging platform :). But it's not the only one, and there are many other great blogging platforms that are almost as good.

      And hey, there's no harm in trying something new ;)

      • Spencer B.
        July 19, 2010

        Pretty much--that's the cool thing about technology, there's usually more than one option to try out!

  2. I have to say that WordPress is definitely the greatest CMS out there, but am keen to have a look at others as well, thanks for the list!

  3. Shane
    August 25, 2010

    I don't know about you, but I particularly like tumblr. I know it's very popular, but it's clean and I like it.

    • August 25, 2010

      Tumblr is pretty good as well. I was hesitant to include it though because, like you said, it is very popular, and I'm mostly including some of the lesser-known blog platforms, that fewer people have heard about.

  4. October 18, 2010

    Nice list--most of these are new to me. I'm mainly familiar with WordPress, but Blogger and Tumblr are the other big one's I've seen. I know some people who complain WordPress can be hard to get the hang of and opted for Tumblr instead. I'll definitely check out these new ones though!

  5. February 4, 2011

    Hey Leo, there are plenty of different alternates to WordPress out there. My suggestion would to be to find the one you like to work with the most. Find one with an Admin Panel you like the most, and an overall UI you like. Personally, I do my blog with Tumblr, and I love the Tumblr UI, but one problem with Tumblr is that they put their company branding on the page with Favorite or Login buttons in the top corner.