WordPress is a juggernaut of the internet. It all kinds of web sites, ranging from blogs to complex business critical web applications. Matt Mullenweg, the founding father of the project imagines WordPress as being an Operating System of the Internet.
So WordPress is everywhere, powering smartphone applications as well as nuclear power plants (who knows…), but is it really the best solution for everything? Of course not! There are plenty of different needs WordPress can fill adequately, but it is easy to stretch out of it’s capabilities in the long run.
This platform which was originally a humble blogging platform is still hardly the silver bullet some people see it as. This is why it is always healthy to keep an eye on the market and look for alternatives to WordPress, even if you’re heavily invested in it.
Here are some alternatives to WordPress that might work for you:
- Medium: This is a direct competitor to the WordPress.com platform ran by the Automattic company. It is a platform for publishing content and is superior in usability and has a great API. Medium has attracted big names such as Basecamp‘s developer blog, Signal vs. Noise
- Laravel: Laravel is a rapid application development framework that allows quick development of custom applications. It is very opinionated and thus very easy to pick up for developers, something which WordPress developers love.
- Contentful: WordPress has tried to keep up in the race to provide comprehensive Content APIs with their own initiatives with varied success. With a company fully in control of the platform, Contentful delivers excellent tools for content publishing and distributions.
- Bolt CMS: Bolt challenges WordPress in it’s own original turf. Being a simple and easy to use content management system. It focuses solely on content publishing and website creation. With a superior technological implementation Bolt is inherently more secure than WordPress.
- API Platform: API Platform is a general purpose application framework built using Symfony. It is completely agnostic to what data is being served and, thus is a better option for serving pure data – not content.