CMS comparison

Well, part of the stuff I wanted to do was replace the engine for this site, but the comparison tools out there now aren’t the comparison tools that were out there in 2005.  So, I had to find a way to list available tools, then I had to compare them, then I had to test them.

This resulted in a tumble down a rabbit hole I never imagined I’d be tumbling down.

I stumbled upon the Installatron website and their list of installable web applications, so I decided to start there. To get search results that weren’t trying to sell me something, I switched from Unca Google to DuckDuckGo, and then I just settled down and started searching and reading.

Then I started installing on my website and clicking.

The short version – nothing in the list below can really take this website and just run with it.  I’d have to start over and rebuild everything.  But, some of them might be worth checking out in their own spaces.  I kinda like Grav as a simple website builder that doesn’t dumb it all down like WordPress’s Block Editor or Google’s website builder.  But, I need to get my private webserver built again before I can fully test all of the below listings.

To save you some of that two-weeks worth of work, here’s the list of tools and my thoughts (warning, it’s a WIDE table):

Note on row colors:

  • Red background means no-go – I can’t install it locally or I can’t test it.
  • Orange background means it’s horribly out of date and unsafe to test on the public web.
  • Yellow means it might be worth testing, but it’s gonna need some careful consideration before doing anything.
  • Green means it’s safe and I did test it, on the public interwebs and everything.
CMS URL Last Update (Installatron) Days ago Version (Installatron) Last Update (Website) Days ago Version (Website) Approx. Frequency PHP MySQL Postgresql Important Notes
b2evolution https://b2evolution.net/ 9/13/2022 600 7.2.5 8/6/2022 638 7.2.5 n/a 5.6.x 5.3.3 n/a EOL 03/26/2022
Backdrop https://backdropcms.org/ 4/22/2024 13 1.27.1 1/15/2024 111 1.27.1 ~4 months 5.6+ / 8.2 5.0.15+ Built to be similar to Drupal
ClassicPress https://www.classicpress.net/ 10/16/2023 202 1.7.1 2/22/2024 73 2.0.0 4-6 months 7.4+ / 8.2 Forked from WordPress 4.9
CMS Made Simple https://www.cmsmadesimple.org/ 12/12/2023 145 2.2.19 11/28/2023 159 2.2.19 2-6 months
Composr CMS https://compo.sr/ 9/25/2022 588 10.0.43 3/18/2024 48 10.0.47 1-2 months 5.5+ / 7.2
Concrete CMS https://www.concretecms.com/ 4/3/2024 32 9.2.8 4/2/2024 33 9.2.8 1-2 months 7.4+ / 8.2 5.7+
Contao https://contao.org/en/ 7/31/2023 279 5.1.10 2/15/2024 80 5.3 6 months 7.4+ 8.0+ Every 4th version has LTS, 5.3 has LTS
Dotclear https://dotclear.org/ 2/14/2024 81 2.29 5/5/2024 Website not loading 4/29/2024
e107 https://e107.org/ 4/7/2022 759 2.3.2 11/23/2023 164 2.3.3 yearly 5.6+ / 8.2 5.x+
Geeklog https://www.geeklog.net/ 9/30/2022 583 2.2.2 9/27/2022 586 2.2.2 2-4 months 5.6.4 4.1.2 9.1.7
GetSimple CMS http://get-simple.info/ 8/12/2020 1362 3.3.16 3/3/2020 1524 3.3.16 monthly 5.2+ none none Flat-file
Grav https://getgrav.org/ 3/25/2024 41 1.7.45 3/18/2024 48 1.7.45 1-4 months 7.3.6+ none none Flat-file
Lepton CMS https://lepton-cms.org/ 11/1/2022 551 5.5.0 2/16/2024 79 7.1.0 5-6 months 8.1 5.0+ Compatable with/fork of WebsiteBaker(?)
Mahara https://mahara.org/ 6/16/2022 689 22.04.2 5/5/2024 ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? Converted into a subscription, lowest $240/year
Microweber https://microweber.com/ 4/25/2024 10 2.0.13 5/5/2024 ??? ??? ??? ??? ??? Converted to hosted option, lowest $10/month
MODx https://modx.com/ 11/8/2023 179 3.0.4-pl 4/10/2024 25 3.0.5 2-6 months 7.4+ / 8 5.6+
Omeka Classic https://omeka.org/classic/ 8/6/2023 273 3.1.2 10/5/2023 213 3.1.2 3-8 months 5.6+ 5+
PHP-Fusion https://www.phpfusion.com/ 10/2/2022 581 9.10.30 9/1/2022 612 9.10.30 ~6 months ??? ??? ??? Site is kinda broken, invalid inline links between pages, some PHP errors, probs dead.
phpwcms http://www.phpwcms.org/ 1/2/2024 124 1.9.38 1/6/2024 120 1.10.2 ??? 8.2 5.6+ Site is SPARSE on documentation and clarity
PluXml https://pluxml.org/ 10/18/2022 565 5.8.9 8/1/2022 643 5.8.9 6-12 months(?) 5.6+ / 7.4
Serendipity https://docs.s9y.org/ 3/4/2024 62 2.5.0 2/13/2024 82 2.5.0 4-7 months 7.3
Silverstripe CMS https://www.silverstripe.org/ 3/17/2023 415 4.12.1 4/15/2024 20 5.2.0 ~6 months 8.3
SPIP https://www.spip.net/ 10/10/2023 208 4.2.6 4/5/24 30 4.2.11 1-3 months 7.4 / 8.3 5.0 / 8.0
Subrion https://subrion.org/ 6/15/2018 2151 4.2.1 6/14/2018 2152 4.2.1 1-8 months 5+ 4.1+ 2018 saw and end to frequent updates.
Textpattern https://textpattern.com/ 8/10/2022 634 4.8.8 1/24/2022 832 4.8.8 3-5 months 5.5+ / 8.1
TYPO3 CMS https://typo3.org/ 4/25/2024 10 13.1.0 4/23/2024 12 13.1.0 1-3 months 8.2 8.0.17+ 10+
WebsiteBaker CMS https://websitebaker.org/ 12/27/2023 130 2.13.5 1/17/2024 109 2.13.5.223 ??? 8.1+
WonderCMS https://www.wondercms.com/ 11/6/2023 181 3.4.3 11/5/2023 182 3.4.3 6-8 months 7.4+ Flat-file

I have more thoughts than just those, but I figured I’d put these here and update as I find my angry post-it notes and decipher the contents.

Thanks for reading!

Skåll!!!

Nate

Hi! I'm Nate. I run this site. I'm just rebuilding things slowly, so thanks for your patience.

By Nate

Hi! I'm Nate. I run this site. I'm just rebuilding things slowly, so thanks for your patience.