Top 10 PHP Content Management Systems (CMS) (Most Popular)

A CMS or Content Management System is an application that allows to manage, organize, publish, edit and create a website easily. A CMS application is used for retrieval and storage of information from a huge volume of data, these information may be in the form of word processor documents, spreadsheet, audio and video files and images. I gathered a list of top 10 PHP content management systems and you are gonna like the list.


1. WordPress

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WordPress is the best user-friendly content management system and it is used by over 25% of Alexa rank’s top million websites. It was developed by Matt Mullenweg and Mile Little on 27 May 2003. Users of WordPress can easily change the functionality and look of their website without interfering their structure or content. They can easily switch and install themes. Plugins allow user to extend functionality of their WordPress websites. From SEO to widgets there is every type of plugin is available in WordPress.

The best PHP CMS theme: X theme

X includes multiple unique designs inside of one powerful theme, and we refer to these designs as “Stacks.” There are currently four Stacks available in X, with more on the way. It’s like buying one theme and constantly getting access to new designs all the time! The links below take you to the main demo for each Stack, however we have created multiple unique demos for each Stack so be sure to check them all out.


2. Joomla!


Joomla is an open source content management system developed by The Joomla Project Team on 17 August 2005. It utilizes object oriented programming methods and MySQL database for storing data. According to estimate, it is widely used content management system after WordPress.

3. Drupal


Drupal is developed by a Belgian software programmer Dries Buytaert in January 2001. It uses Microsoft SQL Server, SQLite, PostgreSQL, Orale and MySQL databases for storing data.

4. AdaptCMS


Developed by Insane Visions on 21 September 2011 as an open source content management system. It has plugin system, cache feature, stats feature, extensive mode_rewrite, custom relations, custom permissions, custom sections, custom fields, update features, RSS and Pages modules.

5. CMS Made Simple


CMS Made Simple is developed by Ted Kulp on 28 July 2012 as a community and content management system software. For storage, it uses MySQL database system. Its template system is driving using PHP template engine Smarty.

6. Exponent CMS


Exponent CMS is developed by OIC Group, Inc and first stable version was released on 27 January 2012 as blog, ECM (Enterprise Content Management System), community and content management framework.

7. PHP-Fusion


PHP-Fusion is developed by Nick Jones and first version was released in 2003. You can build news, articles, forums, downloads, shoutbox like websites by using PHP-Fusion.

8. PHP-Nuke


PHP-Nuke is developed by Franciso Burzi and was released on 22 May 2009. It has many features like, advertisement integration, pages, downloads, encyclopedia, FAQ, Feedback, forums, journal, news, search and many more.

9. Xpress Engine


Xpress Engine was developed by Shim Hyo-seop, Park Beom-jin, Florin Ercus, Daniel Ionsecu, Ye-sol, Kim Tae-gon and many more on 28 February 2008. For storage, Xpress Engine uses MS-SQL, Sqlite2 and 3, PostgreSQL, MYSQL 4.1 or higher, Firebird and CUBRID databases.

10. RenovatioCMS


RenovatioCMS was released on 18 October 2011. It is written in UBB code, JavaScript, CSS, HTML and PHP.


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