What is the best content management system?

WordPress
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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. 

Suggested by WPgeorge WPgeorge
Directus
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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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Strapi
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Strapi

Strapi is a free and open source headless CMS developed with JavaScript for Node.js. The software makes it really simple to generate REST and GraphQL APIs. Simply create your database schema and relationships in the Strapi admin panel UI, and Strapi will auto-generate API endpoints to represent the data structures provided. Strapi comes packed with features you come to expect from normal CMS's such as authentication, authorization, content management and a media library. The software can be used for free and can be self-hosted on any server and platform. Extra enterpise functionallity is currently being developed, and will be sold at cost.

Suggested by Freddie Freddie
TOP PROS
Auto-generated GraphQL API and schema with the help of the "Shadow CRUD"

Possibly the fastest way to create a basic GraphQL API. With the help of Strapi graphQL plugin you can have your GraphQL API up and running in a matter of minutes. Where all necessary types and resolvers are auto-generated by Strapi's Shadow CRUD system. Simply install the plugin, and you can start using your GraphQL API with GraphiQL interface at /graphql.

Freddie Freddie
Quick and easy installation

I love the fact that Strapi is extremely easy to install. The Strapi CLI will guide you through the process of installing the headless CMS manually. A bunch of one-click-install's and containers are available for third-party platforms and hosting providers as well.

Millen Millen
TOP CONS
Does not handle database migrations

Strapi is a fantastic open-source CMS and API creation tool for frontend developers. However, one of the biggest concerns I have with Strapi is that your application does not record nor manage database migrations after schema changes to your database. This is a crucial part of building a sound and future proof application, without a record of schema changes things can get hairy quickly. It's kinda like building an application without using Git to track code changes.

Freddie Freddie
Drupal
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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.

Suggested by Metaphase Metaphase
Storyblok
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Storyblok

A headless & API-based CMS with an opt-in head and a visual editor. With Storyblok you can manage your content through an intuitive dashboard and access that data though the content delivery API, as nested JSON. Storyblok is an open-source software and can be used as such, but is also provided as a commercially hosted, cloud rendering service. As a front-end developer you can choose to work with any template engine, framework or system of your choice.

Suggested by Metaphase Metaphase
dotCMS
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dotCMS

A hybrid content management system that includes classic CMS and Headless CMS features. With dotCMS content managers can create content that fuels the brand experience. The API-first approach provided by the headless part of dotCMS allows developers to build extremely fast front-ends with popular third-party front-end framework and deliver content optimally. The content management system allows content creators to build engaging and memorable content that can be reused across sites.

Suggested by Yalla Yalla
Wagtail
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Wagtail

Wagtail is a free and open-source CMS built on-top of Django and Python. The CMS is built by developers and for developers and provides a configuration-less solution to content management. Wagtail plays nicely with your existing tech, especially if that stack utilze Python and the Django web framework. Wagtail can be installed as a package in existing Django application and extends the Django Admin to be more suited for content management.

Suggested by Molusk Molusk
October CMS
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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.

Suggested by Lara Jones Lara Jones
Netlify CMS
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Netlify CMS

Netlify CMS is a static site generator that is based on client-side JavaScript with a reusable APIs and prebuilt Markup. Simply pull in Netlify CMS to /admin of you site and you have an SPA (Single Page Application) admin panel that can edit content stored in a Git repository. Serving applications like this, the JAMstack way, improves performance, lowers cost of scaling and provides for a better development experience.

Suggested by Bobba Bobba
Ghost
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Ghost

Ghost is a free and open-source headless CMS and blogging platform developed by Ghost Foundation. With Ghost you can manage content in style, the user experience provided by the software is intuitive and encourages writing. Ghost is written in JavaScript for the Node.js platform and is released under the MIT license.

Suggested by Freddie Freddie
Prismic
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Prismic

Prismic is a commercial headless CMS and content (Content-as-a-Service) platform. With Prismic you can get your backend infrastructure and API up in the matter of minutes, so that you can focus on building the frontend that will be shown to your readers. The feature rich backend content management system provided by Prismic is free to use for one admin, and commercially provided to organizations with large content management teams.

Suggested by Metaphase Metaphase
ButterCMS
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ButterCMS

ButterCMS is a commercial headless content management system and content API. With ButterCMS you can quickly setup your very own headless CMS that supports In-browser editing. Where you can quickly find and filter your images and files, update and schedule content and serve you assets over a content delivery network.

Suggested by Lilac99 Lilac99
PushTable
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PushTable

PushTable is an API-driven Serverless CMS that is powered by Google Firestore. With PushTable, you can manage your data with easy. It provides flexible data structures with direct table inputs making it a perfect tool for front-end developers and development agencies alike. Since PushTable is powered by Google Firestore, the setup process is minimal and let's you get started building your API, almost right away.

Suggested by Chronode Chronode

PyroCMS

PyroCMS is a free and open-source Content Management System written in PHP on top the web development framework Laravel.

Suggested by Panasea Panasea
Joomla
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Joomla

Joomla is a free and open-source content management system written in PHP. The CMS is built entirely by volunteers from all over the world and has a strong community that provide educational resources, and extensions. 

Suggested by WPgeorge WPgeorge
Ponzu CMS
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Ponzu CMS

Ponzu is a powerful, free and open-source HTTP server framework and CMS. It provides automatic, free, and secure HTTP/2 over TLS with Let's Encrypt, a useful CMS and scaffolding to generate content editors, and a fast HTTP API on which to build modern applications.

Suggested by Mullen Mullen
HashBrown CMS
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HashBrown CMS

A free and open-source headless CMS built with Node.js and MongoDB.

Suggested by Havier Havier
TinaCMS
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TinaCMS

Tina is an open-source site editing toolkit and headless CMS for React-based sites like Gatsby & Next.js

Suggested by Lassy Lassy
Backdrop CMS
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Backdrop CMS

Backdrop is a full-featured content management system written in PHP. The Backdrop CMS allows non-technical users to manage a wide variety of content. It can be used to create all kinds of websites including blogs, image galleries, social networks, intranets, and more.

Suggested by Jenna Jenna
Anchor CMS
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Anchor CMS

Anchor is a super-simple, lightweight blog system written in PHP. Compressed, Anchor CMS weighs in at just under 250kb making it an extremely light weight content management system. With Anchor CMS, you can manage content in HTML or Markdown, depending on which you prefer. The content management is fully free and open-source and released under the GPL-3.0 License.

Suggested by Millen Millen
CppCMS
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Suggested by SwagCat SwagCat
CMS Made Simple
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CMS Made Simple

CMS Made Simple is a free and open-source content management system that offers an easy to use interface for end users, while maintaining a powerful backend for developers. CMS Made Simple is written in PHP and got an extensive API and custom modules. The CMS also utilize the Smarty templating engine that can be used to customize sites with HTML, CSS and PHP.

Suggested by Lassy Lassy
Contentstack
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Contentstack

With Contentstack, content and marketing teams are able to publish content with a much higher frequency than ever before. Contentstack brings business and technology teams closer together by providing a personalized, omnichannel experience with a visual editor alongside content scheduling and publishing management tools.

Suggested by Anderson Anderson
Contentful
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Contentful

Contentful is a modern headless CMS that integrates with development teams and their workflows. With an API-first approach, implementing Contentful into an existing application is easier than ever. The content management system features a customizable interface, content modeling, and cloud-based governance. With Contentful you can have a RESTful API setup in minutes, which integrates well with your existing architecture.

Suggested by Bobba Bobba

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