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WordPress alternatives at a glance – presentation and comparison

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems. Despite the great popularity, there are crucial aspects that speak against WordPress. We’ll show you why and introduce you to WordPress alternatives.

At first glance, it is not apparent that there is anything against the use of WordPress. The setup itself is uncomplicated and fast, the developers have many years of expertise and the WordPress community, which is actively involved in the development of themes and plugins, is constantly growing.

New user requirements are taken into account promptly. So the standard version grows, so not all functions need to be extended with plugins.

Nevertheless, there are some aspects that users should know before choosing WordPress:

  • Basic version is getting more and more complex: The extensions make the basic version, which was originally very simple, more and more complicated (especially for inexperienced users)
  • Often unsuitable for small projects: Due to its complexity, WordPress is becoming less and less unsuitable for small web projects such as simple blogs
  • Too many plugins: WordPress offers users a large number of plugins to customize or extend the website. Too many plugins make the choice difficult and especially WordPress newbies don’t know which plugin suits the website or not
  • Performance problems: Anyone who has installed too many plugins quickly loses track. This means that it can also lead to problems with website performance.
  • Security Issues: Due to the high number of (free) plugins and themes, the developers cannot directly verify every release. As a result, the applications quickly become danger points for cyber attacks.

Alternatives to WordPress

The content management system WordPress is therefore a popular system that is used by many users to create the website. However, the points listed above speak against WordPress, depending on the type of web project. For this reason, it makes sense to choose the CMS that suits the project.

Cyber ​​attacks in particular are often not so susceptible to many WordPress alternatives. At the same time, individual modules are precisely tailored to the respective project type, which makes setup and use easier and less complicated.

It is difficult to judge which WordPress alternative is the best. It depends on what exactly users expect from the software and which website they want to create.

For this reason, we will present eight different WordPress alternatives below.

IONOS MyWebsite

IONOS MyWebsite is a modular system based on HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The system is particularly characterized by the versatile application possibilities, but at the same time simple menu navigation. For example, users can choose from 400 templates for websites, where each element can be dragged and dropped or swapped out.

This makes IONOS MyWebsite a suitable WordPress alternative for users who want to create a company website or a private website, for example.

Anyone who attaches great importance to security gets a suitable system with IONOS MyWebsite. Users receive support with data security and data protection, for example when a contact form or imprint is created. These sensitive areas are automatically GDPR compliant.

Advantages of IONOS MyWebsite Disadvantages of IONOS MyWebsite
Free domain included No self-hosting possible
400+ templates that can be customized with drap-and-drop
High security standards

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Ghost is a content management system primarily aimed at users who focus on publishing texts. The CMS is therefore comparable to the beginnings of WordPress. The CMS is aimed at bloggers, journalists and editorial teams.

The focus on the texts is particularly evident in the fact that creating and publishing texts is easy. If you want to use Ghost as a CMS, you should be familiar with the markdown language. The integrated WYSIWYG editor automatically converts the content into HTML code.

Benefits of Ghost Disadvantages of Ghost
Easy handling No plugins
Focus on content Not every hoster supports the CMS
Automatically optimized for mobile devices


Chimpify is a CMS that is particularly suitable for inbound marketing. The offer is aimed particularly at young entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized companies. At Chimpify, users will find all the important marketing tools combined on one platform.

Overall, Chimpify is divided into four areas. In “Design”, users can design the structure and layout of all pages or create pop-ups. The WYSIWYG website builder has its place in the “Content” menu item, as does the media center, a backlink optimizer and a tool for keyword research. In the “Email” and “Social” areas, users will find the most important functions for creating newsletter and social media campaigns quickly and easily.

Performance and security also play important roles at Chimpify. For example, all servers are located in Germany and are certified according to the highest security standards.

Benefits of Chimpify Disadvantages of Chimpify
Ideal for inbound marketing No self-hosting possible
High security standards
focus on the performance


The content management system Kirby impresses with the special feature that no database is required to create a website. To be able to use Kirby, a web server and the scripting language PHP are required. In order to be able to publish the website that is then created, users must purchase a license. Here you can choose between a personal and a commercial license.

The CMS is suitable on the one hand for creating a blog or a landing page, but also for a company website. Because Kirby is compact, quickly installed on the server and easy to use.

Overall, Kirby impresses with its very lean basic code, which does not require any additional features. If necessary, the website can be expanded with plugins.

Benefits of Kirby Cons of Kirby
No database required Available in English only
Low system requirements Low number of design templates
Lean base code


The CMS Drupal is particularly characterized by the very lean basic installation. However, Drupal can easily be expanded extensively with modules and thus enables the creation of completely individual websites. Drupal already has preconfigured packages for many application scenarios.

The WordPress alternative is particularly suitable for building social publishing websites. The modular system makes Drupal an ideal solution for websites that rely on user-generated content.

Benefits of Drupal Disadvantages of Drupal
Compact basic installation Elaborate configuration
Large selection of extensions Many post-installations necessary
Prepackaged Packages
Specialized in social publishing


The Jekyll software, which was developed by GitHub co-founder Tom Preston-Werner, is primarily aimed at developers for whom convenience and freedom of design are particularly important when creating the website.

Just like the CMS Kirby, Jekyll does not require a database. This results in better website performance and security benefits for users, since no database query is required. If you want to use Jekyll, you can either run your web project on your own server or host it on GitHub Pages.

Benefits of Jekyll Cons of Jekyll
Secure hosting possible at GitHub Pages Available in English only
Lots of comfort and freedom of design No image processing tool
No database required


Weebly is also a website builder that attaches great importance to ease of use. Users can choose from various templates that are visually appealing and responsive.

At Weebly, users can choose a completely free plan to create their web project. There is 500 megabytes of storage on a weebly.com subdomain with SEO optimization and advertising.

If you want to do without advertising, you can also choose from various paid plans, which include your own domain without Weebly advertising and basic online shop functions such as a shopping cart and payment via third-party providers such as PayPal.

Benefits of Weebly Cons of Weebly
Easy handling Support in English only
mobile app Low number of design templates
Free tariff


Shopify falls more into the shop system category than a content management system. Accordingly, Shopify has specialized primarily in small or medium-sized retailers who want to sell their products with an online shop.

Unlike WordPress, Shopify isn’t designed for flexibility as the hosting is handled directly by the company. At the same time, users also have the great advantage that maintenance work and any updates are carried out directly by Shopify. The users can therefore focus more on the actual online shop and less on administrative tasks.

Shopify advantages Disadvantages of Shopify
Easy handling No self hosting
Focus on online store Less flexibility
No maintenance work

Conclusion: Do not underestimate WordPress alternatives

The many different providers show that, depending on the web project, it can make sense to use an alternative instead of WordPress. You have many different ways to create your own website – whether with WordPress, using a website builder or you can have your website created directly by professionals.

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