10 Slick CMS Apps to Sooth Content Management Headaches

Each and every piece of content created is unique in some way and so are the many Content Management Systems available. Content Management Systems were supposed to be a wrapper that holds the content together in a preset format, and over time, CMS developers and SaaS business app vendors have gotten ambitious and started adding on more features to squeeze out even more functionality.

There are now a bevy of options when it comes to managing your company’s content, and this variety means you can select something that easily scales to your needs. Here is a list of web-based CMS apps that can help you get on top of your content.


Also be sure to check out our roundup of 10 fantastic lightweight CMSes you should try!

eXo Platform

Some business collaboration tools such as eXo Platform also have content management capabilities built in and eXo Platform is one of them. eXo is based around a social dimension that provides a platform to bring together companies big or small. eXo Platform is actually based on open-source social-collaboration software and there are several complementary collaborative applications that plug into it to help improve efficiency, communication and productivity in your enterprise.

  • Price: Starts from $3 a month
  • Server Language: PHP v5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: No
  • Plugins: Yes

Salsify

Salsify is an all-in-one cloud based CMS solution which includes marketing, sales and eCommerce tools to centralize your business needs. Salsify is popular with businesses in the medical fields, health and beauty and others that push their products through channels such as Walmart and Amazon. The CMS in Salsify is powerful, allowing you to embed digital catalogs, resize and reformat images, collaborative authoring and the ability to store localized content in any language.

  • Price: From $1000 a month
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: No
  • Plugins: REST API

LightCMS

LightCMS is a tastefully designed dedicated CMS solution that helps you produce good looking sites, and which features integration with its own online sales outlet. LightCMS uses a WYSIWYG approach to CMS which allows you to see exactly how your page will look when it’s published while you edit. It’s very easy to add calendars, forms, file managers and even an online store for your customers. It’s ideal for anyone with limited technical knowledge or experience with CMS software.

  • Price: From $19.99 per month
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: No
  • Plugins: No

WordPress

WordPress is one of the most widely used CMS solutions on the web. Most commonly used for blogs, WordPress is a superb publishing solution used by millions and expandable with thousands of official and community designed plugins. WordPress is free to download and install if you have your own hosting plan or you can sign-up for a free WordPress account and let WordPress host the site for you. If you need professional features or have a site with large amounts of traffic, WordPress also offers a premium service.

  • Price: Free / Premium service
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: Yes
  • Plugins: Yes with many themes are available.

Contentful

The focus of Contentful is making sure your content looks great and works properly on all platforms. The Contentful API is designed to work just as well on desktop as it does on mobile devices. Contentful has an attractive interface, allows you to upload all types of multimedia content and allows real-time collaboration between users in different locations. If you’re looking for a CMS API to plug into your own backend then Contentful is a solid solution.

  • Price: From $99 a month
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: No
  • Plugins: No

Webpop

Webpop is aimed at those that both need an easy to use CMS but are also confident enough to tweak HTML and CSS where needed. It’s also got more focus on SEO than most CMS tools to ensure that your content is always optimized. There are plenty of templates included in Webpop but you can modify all of the CSS however you want. Webpop also makes automatic nightly backups of your site and content but note that there is no API available.

  • Price: Free
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: No
  • Plugins: No.

concrete5

concrete5 is an entirely open source CMS and website building applications that’s been utilized by companies as big as McDonalds and LG to build sites. Like WordPress, concrete5 has lots of themes to choose from and hundreds of plugins that extend the functionality of it such as mailing lists, discussion forums and geo-location features. There is no API available for concrete5 but for anyone looking for an open source CMS solution that already has a PHP developer ready to go, it’s an interesting option.

  • Price: Free.
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: Yes
  • Plugins: Yes

Drupal

Drupal is a very popular CMS that like concrete5, is also open source and completely free to use. Like WordPress, it has a big community of users that has developed different plugins to extend the functionality and features of Drupal. You can choose whether to host your own version of one of the many Drupal templates or sign-up for a Drupal account and pay for cloud hosting. You can also use the Drupal API and there’s a useful help forum to help you implement it correctly.

  • Price: Free
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: Yes
  • Plugins: Only in paid versions.

Joomla

Joomla is another widely-used CMS that’s easy enough for anyone to use. Joomla not only helps you produce well designed and easy to navigate content but also includes tools for managing banners, adding polls, adding syndicated news feeds and more. The Joomla dashboard is well organized and provides access to all if the main features including Article Manager, Front Page Manager and also a tool for managing content in different languages.

  • Price: Free / Subscription
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: No
  • Self-Hosted: Yes
  • Plugins: Yes

Webvanta Cloud CMS

If you want all of the hard work of content management, web design and hosting done for you, then Webvanta Cloud CMS is worth a look. The team at Webvanta will take care of everything from design to development and project management to provide a turnkey solution for your company. Webvanta is aimed more at educational institutions with information rich sites that need to be well organized but it also appeals to all “mission-driven organizations”.

  • Price: On quotation
  • Server Language: PHP v-5.x
  • Database: Yes
  • Self-Hosted: No
  • Plugins: No

Share Your Thoughts!

Which one is your favorite CMS? We’d love to know your thoughts about these apps, if there are any that you’ve tried.


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  • Since I’m used to working with Drupal every day, these certainly look lightweight to me! Great roundup, thanks :)

  • Good selection! But I prefer Drupal (as well as Adam). Convenient, very flexible, you can quickly make any site. :)

  • You probably should check this one out : http://cloudhead.io/toto
    it’s super simple and lightweight. But maybe not as user friendly as CMS should do

  • WordPress is usually my weapon of choice, but I may have to give some of these a shot sometime for some who find more complex CMS systems too confusing.

  • PulseCMS (pulsecms.com) should be on this list.

  • Great selection thanks for sharing.

  • Hey? what about http://staceyapp.com/ ?

  • AWESOME! ill def dig some and will let you know!

  • you forgot http://get-simple.info/ a really good one that does strictly what it does. No extra feature but with now possibility to add plugins

  • Okay, you really forgot the Contao Open Source CMS (former TYPOlight). http://contao.org

  • I have used Pixie before, although not lightweight – the new version under development will be. The home of Pixie is: http://getpixie.co.uk ..

    However to view a sneak peak of the new version (v2) go to: http://10k.aneventapart.com/Entry/157 .. very impressive!

  • PageLime (http://pagelime.com/) is my liteCMS of choice. Super easy to implement, and also free!

  • NO

  • Peter Harteg actually finished development of CMSimple (version 3.3) 2010. Then development continued to meet XHTML standard and to integrate FCKeditor. Recently updated Version of CMSimple can be downloaded from here:
    http://www.cmsimple-xh.ch/en/
    (backend available in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish)

  • I think you forgot Redaxscript: http://redaxscript.com

  • Scratch

  • Have looked at all the lite cms. For me get simple is the most flexible. If they could develop a sqlite storage engine. It will in my view win this group hands down.