Best CMS Written in PHP

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ExpressionEngine ExpressionEngine

ExpressionEngine is a flexible, feature-rich content management platform that empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals and organizations around the world to easily manage their web site. ExpressionEngine has a large community of developers that make add-ons that extend the system capability. With ExpressionEngine add-ons, no matter the task, you'll have a solution.

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October CMS October CMS

October is a free, open-source and self-hosted content management system written in PHP on top of the framework Laravel. The CMS features a universal extendable dashboard, inspector, reusable CMS components and a plugin system that can be used to extend functinality of your website. The plugin store contains thousands of community-made plugins that can either be purchased or installed for free. As a data store, October CMS supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.

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Directus Directus

An open-source tool for managing content across all your omni-channel digital experiences. Directus is free and open-source headless CMS written in PHP, that takes a data first approach. Developers and content creators use Directus to manage content and generate a powerful API that can be used by any frontend technology. Directus can be self-hosted and is absolutely free.

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WordPress WordPress

WordPress powers roughly 30% of all web pages online. It's a free and open source CMS designed and developed for self-hosted publishing by Automattic, Inc. The software is written in PHP and utilize either MySQL or MariaDB as a database, and is compatible with most web hosts. Wordpress includes a plugin architecture and a templating system that can be used to extend and customize your website. These are commonly known as WordPress plugins and WordPress themes and make up a whole open source and commercial eco-system where anyone is free to create products for the platform. 

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Drupal Drupal

Drupal is a free and open-source CMS written in PHP. Drupal is used for creating website for businesses, political parties and governments. The CMS currently powers 2% of all websites on the internet.

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ProcessWire ProcessWire

With ProcessWire you can connect all your content seamlessly and making content management fast, easy and fun. ProcessWire is a free and open-source content management system and framework released under the Mozilla Public License 2.0. The CMS is built around an API wit similar naming connventions to that of jQuery, which makes it easier to use for JavaScript developers. It also provides a secure foundation, proven scalability and the performance needed to manage content online sucessfully.

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Grav Grav

Grav is a modern free and open source flat-file content management system. With Grav, you can publish content and build sites in a fast, flexible and simple manner with the file-based web platform. Grav requires zero installation and is just an zip archive that can be extracted to start using the CMS. Grave also comes with a powerful package management system that allow you to extend the feature set of Grav CMS. With the package management system you can install and upgrade themes and plugins written specifically for Grav. The software is written in PHP and released fully free and open-source under the MIT License.

Caching is an integral feature of Grav that has been baked in from the start. The caching mechanism that Grav employs is the primary reason Grav is as fast as it is. This is achieved with the Doctrine Cache library which support various caching backends including APCu, Memcache, Redis and WinCache.
With Grav's multisite setup you can create and manage a network of multiple websites, all running on a single installation of Grav.

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TYPO3 is a free and open-source content management system written in PHP. The CMS is released under the GNU General Public License which makes it free to use for commerical and non-commercial projects alike. TYPO3 can run in most hosting environements and provides an easy way for people to write, manage and publish content online.

Craft CMS Craft CMS

Craft CMS is a flexible, user-friendly CMS for creating custom digital experiences on the web and beyond.

Subrion Subrion

Subrion is a PHP/MySQL based CMS & framework that allows you to build websites for any purpose. Yes, from blog to corporate mega portal.