As great as WordPress may be, it’s still not for everyone. The learning curve can be steep, the security sometimes not as robust, and the capabilities limited. Thankfully, there are a number of alternatives to WordPress available, from the free and the open-source to professional, paid services.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at five WordPress alternatives. If you’d rather stick to WordPress, check out this excellent WordPress for beginners course to help you get started.

1. Tumblr

There’s a lot in common between WordPress and Tumblr. Both were started by 20-something year olds who were fed up with the existing blogging solutions. Both have rabid communities that pump out themes and templates by the thousands. Both boast an Alexa rank in the sub-30 range.

What separates them is their extensibility and the kind of content they support. Tumblr is chiefly a “microblogging” platform (which is exactly what it sounds like – a platform for sharing short posts). Its community favors visual content over lengthy word posts. It also gives you far less power than a standard WordPress installation, which also means that its extremely easy to use right out of the box.

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Price: Free

Who is it for: Bloggers and brands that want an additional platform to share mostly visual content.

Example Sites: Young Manhattanite, I Can Read

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2. Blogger

Blogger is the grand old man of the blogging world. It was launched way back in 1999, when the word ‘blog’ still hadn’t entered popular idiom and WordPress was four years away from inception (fun fact: Blogger co-founder Evan Williams is also the co-founder of Twitter). The service was acquired by Google in 2003 which further helped its spread. It’s the default blogging choice for many amateur bloggers, though its limited features and capabilities make it a poor fit for professional and enterprise customers.

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Price: Free

Who is it for: Casual bloggers who want something easy to use, easy to setup.

Example Sites: Single Dad Laughing, Mouses Houses

3. Joomla

Joomla isn’t a blogging platform; it is an enterprise-grade CMS (Content Management System) that can power anything from eCommerce stores with thousands of products to amateur blogs. Like WordPress, it is written in PHP and boasts a robust list of third-party plugins and themes. By some estimates, it is the second most popular CMS online after WordPress as well.

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Price: Free

Who is it for: Organizations that want a robust, easy-to-extend CMS for large amount of content where steep learning curve is not an issue.

Example Websites: NookDeveloper, GE Transportation, IKEA Kuwait

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4. Drupal

After Joomla and WordPress, Drupal is the third-most favored CMS used online. Like Joomla, it is a robust CMS written in PHP with a thriving developer community that loves to create new extensions and plugins (called ‘modules’). It is supported by some of the brightest minds in the open-source community and boasts users as high profile as the Whitehouse ( Drupal is far more developer-friendly than Joomla, which means your IT department will love it. It is also more scalable and faster than Joomla or WordPress.

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Price: Free

Who is it for: Organizations that want to create large, complicated websites with thousands of pages.

Example websites: The Economist,

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5. Movable Type

Movable Type was among the earliest paid-for blogging platforms. It was wildly popular among amateur bloggers in its earlier avatars, but the rise of WordPress stole the sheen from its success somewhat. Today, Movable Type (which is developed by Six Apart) focuses mostly on enterprise customers and offers both hosted and self-hosted solutions. Some of its largest clients include HuffingtonPost and Gothamist.

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Price: $595 for a 5-user license; free MT developer license.

Who is it for: Professional bloggers and large publishers that want a hassle-free, easy to use blogging platform.

Example Sites: HuffingtonPost, Gothamist

The blogging platform/CMS you choose at the end of the day will depend on your requirements. If you want a visually rich blog, pick Tumblr. For a larger website with thousands of pages, choose either Joomla or Drupal. And if you’re trying to build a large publication, Movable Type would be a good option.

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