In my article I will show you top 10 PHP CMS to power up your website. CMS means a content management system. CMS is a web application that allows you to manage your pages, posts and your website design. These are made to store and retrieve huge amount of data from database. In the modern era of technology CMS are becoming more powerful to ease your website creation and managing tasks. I gathered information from top level CMS and created this top 10 PHP CMS to power up your website.


  1. WordPress, PHP CMS
Wordpress, Best PHP CMS
WordPress, PHP CMS

WordPress is the best CMS in the Internet world and also in my top 10 PHP CMS list. Matt Mullenweg and Mile Little developed it on 27th May 2003. WordPress is the easiest and most efficient content management system. WordPress users can easily manage their pages, posts, design, and plugins. It is very easy to change functionality and look without touching any piece of code in WordPress CMS. You can switch your website themes in a very easy way in WordPress appearance section. There are thousands of plugins as well as themes available. The WordPress users can extend the functionality of website like 1 2 3.


Using themes and different plugins you can simply change your website according to your specifications. You can change your website to social networking website. You can change your website to discussions site. You can add more power to your blog using extended widgets.

Strong Points

  • Totally User-friendly admin panel.
  • Easy to manage posts, pages and other content.
  • Easy to switch.
  • Thousands of Plugins.
  • Thousand of themes.
  • Huge community of developers.
  • Pretty much help and documentation available on the Internet.


  • Couple of security issues.
  • Many security vulnerabilities in a standard installation.
  • Overkill basic websites.
  • No official forum available to help users issues.



  1. Joomla
Joomla, Best PHP CMS
Joomla, PHP CMS

Joomla is on the 2nd in “top 10 PHP CMS to power up your website”. It is a powerful open source content management system. It enables you to create websites and web application. The Joomla Project Team developed it on 17th August 2005. Joomla has more than 2000000 very active users and contributors. It is the 2nd largest content management system. It uses MySQL to save information and it is based on object-oriented programming. Joomla users can easily create websites. Joomla has a lot of plugins and themes to customize the look and feel of your websites.

Strong Points

  • User authentication using OpenID, Google and many others.
  • More than 7500 extensions to extend the functionality.
  • Huge documentation.
  • Very active users and contributor community
  • Strong security.


  • The admin panel is not user-friendly.
  • Not very good themes are available compare to other CMS.
  • Overkill for simple websites.



  1. Drupal


Drupal is another very popular content management system powering millions high profile websites and web applications. It is an open source content management system. The Belgian Software programmer develops it in January 2001. It can store and retrieve information from MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle, SQLite and PostgresSQL.


Drupal has active users and contributor community. It has well-organized documentation. By reading the documentation you can install, configure, modify and use Drupal. The documentation includes pretty much help for theme designers and developers, plugin designers and developers and more.


Drupal has more than 6,500 add-ons to extend its functionality according to your requirements. You don’t need to touch any code to change the functionality because there are a lot of modules to change or extend the functionalities.


Strong Points

  • Great community support.
  • IRC Channels for support.
  • Face to face meetings for support.
  • Drupal is highly extensible.
  • More than 6,500 add-ons.
  • Many companies offering paid support for Drupal website or web applications.


  • Lack of free high quality themes as compared to other content management systems.
  • Lack of commercial high quality themes as compared to other content management systems.
  • Overkill for simples sites
  • Overall Complicated theming system.





MODx is a free, open-source CMS. It is also a web application framework. MODx is used to create many online solutions. It is award-winning CMS. Managing content is really easy in MODx. It uses MySQL for storing data.


MODx is developer-friendly CMS and it is very easy to customize for PHP developers. MODx is also a designer-friendly. It has great theming functionality.


In MODx Modules or plugins are called “Extras”. MODx users can install Extras within the admin panel.

Strong Points

  • Powerful content management system.
  • Standard coding.
  • Very useful in search engine optimization.
  • Easy maintenance.
  • Freedom for designers to implement the design.
  • Freedom for developers to implement code.


  • Not fit for small projects.
  • Lack of themes compares to other CMSs.
  • Lack of extensions compares to other CMSs.





  1. CMS Made Simple
CMS Made Simple, PHP Best CMS
CMS Made SImple, PHP CMS

CMS made Simple ranked at 5th Position in our top 10 best PHP CMS list. Ted Kulp developed it on 28 July 2012 as a content management system and community. It uses MySQL database for storing information. It uses PHP template engine Smarty for its template system.


CMS Made Simple is the faster and easier management of website content. This is scalable for small and large corporations.


Strong Points

  • Easy to install.
  • Fast and easy management.
  • SEO Friendly.
  • Customizable themes.
  • Good Help and support
  • Many add-ones.


  • Memory Intensive.
  • Lack of quality themes.
  • There is a performance issue.
  • Slow speed for large websites.




  1. ExpressionEngine, PHP CMS
ExpressionEngine, Best PHP CMS
ExpressionEngine, PHP CMS

ExpressionEngine is a commercial and open-source content management system. It is built on CodeIgniter. ExpressionEngine and CodeIgniter both are products of EllisLab. There are a lot of websites built on Express Engine CMS.


There are not many plugins and extensions. ExpressionEngine have 22 modules and 100 official plugins only. But, the modules and plugins are most likely to be used. It has wiki, discussion forum, member management, eCommerce, mailing list and more plugins and modules.


Strong Points

  • Paid Support System.
  • Powerful member management.
  • Better Security.
  • Designers-Friendly.


  • Expensive for commercial websites.
  • Overkill simple and smaller sites.
  • Lack of modules and plugins.




  1. PyroCMS, CodeIgniter Based PHP CMS

PyroCMS is open-source content management system. It is built on CodeIgniter. It is a modular CMS. It is very lightweight and customizable system. It is perfect for CodeIgniter developers to kick-start their projects. It has a cleaner codebase.


There are many features that make PyroCMS a very powerful for your website. It has a very easy theme and plugins development. It is really a developer friendly CMS.


Strong Points

  • Easier Theme Development.
  • Based on MVC.
  • Easy to extend.
  • Great Admin Panel.


  • Lack of Quality themes.
  • Lack of Plugins and modules.
  • Not Blog Friendly.




  1. Contao, PHP CMS
Contao, Best PHP CMS
Contao, PHP CMS

Contao has a great user interface. It uses Ajax and Web 2.0 features to improve user usability. It has advanced content editing feature. Contao users can edit multiple records at once.


Contao has many built-in modules. It is perfect for medium and large websites. It has a flexible form generator, built-in file manager, built-in newsletter module, built-in calendar module and many others.


Strong Points

  • Designer-friendly.
  • Impressive built-in modules.


  • Lack of quality themes.
  • Less Documentation.
  • Lack of tutorials.




  1. Concrete5, PHP CMS
Concrete5, Best PHP CMS
Concrete5, PHP CMS

Concrete5 is a powerful content management system. It is also a framework for developing web applications. Designer websites using Concrete5 is very easy. You can customize theme styles without touching any piece of code. It is easy to create your own theme if you are familiar with HTML and CSS.


Concrete5 allow user to edit website content directly form rather than going to the admin section and it makes concrete5 very user-friendly for non-technical users. Concrete5 follows best practices in terms of security.


Strong Points

  • Easy to convert HTML to concrete5 website.
  • Active users and developers community.
  • Paid business-class hosting + support package.


  • Lack of quality themes.
  • Less Documentation.
  • Lack of tutorials.
  • Plugins are costly.
  • Incomplete documentation.
  • Workflow still I development.
  • Paid support is costly if you do not host with them.




  1. CushyCMS
CushyCMS, Best CMS

CushyCMS is hosted CMS in our top 10 PHP CMS list. It is a new approach to consent management system. Editing a site is very easy with CushyCMS like using a word processor. All common icons are on top of the editing window.


Strong Points

  • Easy content management.
  • Suitable free plan.
  • Very easy to get started.


  • Lack of quality themes.
  • Less Documentation.
  • Lack of tutorials.
  • Paid plans are costly if you are not using it for multiple websites.
  • Email support is not for free version.
  • Too basic for large websites.




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-Usama Aziz



  • LittleHoopoe

    why not TYPO3CMS?

    • usama aziz

      There are many good CMS. But I only mentioned top 10.
      Typo3CMS is pretty good CMS.
      In my next article, I will definitely add Typo CMS in my article.

      Thanks alot for reading and commenting my article.