Unless you are living under a rock, there is no chance you haven’t heard about WordPress – the ultimate leader in the content management platform market. More than 75 million sites depend on WordPress, as the content management system is translated into 40 languages and available everywhere. Almost half (48%) of the top 100 Blogs according to the Technorati List are managed with WordPress.
However, … there are a lot of big sharks that threatened WordPress with their handy features, amazing designs and templates and most importantly – easy drag-n-drop functionalities that make everyone a designer. In a digital world that is so advanced, features like these can be both life-saving and very cost-effective for any organization.
And that is why today, we are listing the top 7 alternatives to WordPress with the easiest and handiest functionalities.
ImpressPages is one of the largest open-source PHP frameworks with content management solutions. It practically allows users to make most of its drag-n-drop functionalities and build websites in a nice and easy way.
The great thing about this platform is that it offers a crisp and clear design and user-friendly interface that is easy to master in a couple of hours. Additionally, it is very easy to find something tailored to the website you are building – and build a website on your own that looks phenomenal.
ImpressPages is very easy to use and innovative, with a list of features and tools that is constantly refreshed and up to date with the trends. You can edit inline, drag and drop and always rely on the phenomenal support that is ready to answer your questions 24/7.
Another great website builder with drag-n-drop functionalities and a choice of many digital agencies is MicroWeber. You can easily build a website, shop or blog on this open source drag-n-drop CMS – all you need to do is open their homepage, choose a website and start creating!
MicroWeber is mostly known because of its amazing, responsive and clean design templates that fit all screen sizes and make sites look minimalistic and chic. The platform’s interface resembles the one of WordPress very much – which is why people easily adapt to it and start making the most of their websites without the need of expert developers.
LightCMS gives you a palette of CMS tools that you can use easily, building websites in a snap. Additionally, you can browse your website naturally, and add or edit content directly on your pages. With no back-ends and no codes, it is considered great for beginners and amazingly easy to use.
This self-hosted drag-n-drop platform is mess-free, allowing users to build awesome websites inspired by their creativity. The interface is very user-friendly and focuses on what really matters to you: a clean design and a responsive website.
This platform packs a super-handy CMS for web designers. Basically, the concept of InlineCMS is the same as with the above mentioned picks – intuitive and lets you build your website in a matter of hours (or days).
Even though the platform allows access to design codes, you don’t have to touch a line of code to make your website look great. However, you can also take your HTML design, edit it or at least pick editable regions to point and click to the changes. Alternatively, you can build a complete site with the inline drag-n-drop editor.
That being said, InlineCMS is a platform that offers you a great approach on web design – one that is functional, user-friendly, clean, fast and most importantly, extensible. Even though this platform has one version, it is worth checking out. According to users, it is the perfect tool for small sites because it allows multiple templates, inline editing, language support and drag-n-drop functionality.
5. SB Pro / Pagestead
How do you feel about using professional bundled blocks and components that are already (uniquely) designed – to easily build your landing or web pages?
SB Pro / Pagestead lets you do that – and a lot more. It is best described as a fully white labeled and self-hosted platform for building and running modern websites, allowing digital agencies and hosting companies to easily offer an awesome DIY website builder product to their customers.
The guys behind SB Pro / Pagestead have basically created a platform that is adaptable to desktop, tablet and mobile web users through a concept of building blocks that look nice and can be added to anything digital that you can imagine.
If you want to build and host a rich and full-featured website, Fraym is one of the best newcomers on the market. According to its (satisfied) customers, it introduces us to a new experience for creating and editing websites.
The key features of Fraym as a self-hosted drag-n-drop website builder include caching, multilanguage support, a variety of custom themes, SEO-friendly elements, core extensions and drag-n-drop features. Simply put, Fraym lets you build sites with a clear interface and strong responsiveness, focusing on mobile site options. Everything is controlled in a nice way and integrated with many social sites, making it very easy to set up a website and start designing.
Last but not least, SiteSupra is another great self-hosted and open source platform in the list of easy web builders for digital agencies of all kinds. The aim is simple – making web design easy, simple, quick and fun – all while giving your visitors an amazing user experience.
With SiteSupra, anyone can create a professional-looking website in just a few hours. The open source PHP framework packs a beautiful CMS, offering fast and easy website development with a Symfony-like component structure.The key features include the blog part with an interface similar to Word’s, the well-known PHP components that are redesigned in a better and simpler way, and the reusable drag-n-drop page widgets.
The best thing about SiteSupra is its rich CMS library and back-office features. Everyone can enjoy advanced CMS features as page versions, schedule publishing and undoing the history – all built on a nice framework that gets rid of coding and introduces you to web design from a different perspective.
A Final Word
In the end, it is true that self hosted CMS solutions are taking the world by storm. In an era when dragging and dropping seems to be an insanely easy feature, many digital agencies opt for it and decide to build websites in a nicer and easier way.
The bottom line is that with these drag-n-drop platforms, designing a website has never been easier, quicker and more affordable. The end result is a website that is fully integrated socially, SEO-friendly, hosted reliably and looking sleeker than many custom websites out there.
Have you tested any of these self-hosted drag-n-drop builders?
If not, are you planning to? Let us know in the comments!
I have been building web applications and other digital products for more then a decade. Currently on an exciting journey discovering the ins and outs of content marketing while growing my newest business. Dedicated to helping digital agencies and entrepreneurs around the world succeed!