Whether you’re creating a site or looking to migrate an existing one, you might be considering a content management system (CMS). A CMS will enable you to create, manage, and modify a website without coding it from scratch.

When evaluating different CMS platforms for your business, you should have a list of priorities. For example, how would you rank the following in terms of importance?

  • Ease of use
  • Security
  • Flexibility
  • Performance

If flexibility is your number one priority, then you should consider building your site on Drupal.

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In fact, users will need to be familiar with HTML, CSS, and PHP to fully leverage the power of Drupal. While these advanced users will appreciate Drupal’s extensive functionality, users with less technical knowledge should look into alternatives.

WordPress, for example, is an open-source CMS that offers a more intuitive dashboard, advanced blogging features, and even more plugins for extending the platform’s functionality. A WordPress alternative is Joomla, an open-source CMS with more advanced features for managing content and users.

CMS Hub, on the other hand, offers a very different experience to running and managing a site than WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. As a proprietary CMS, it offers everything needed to create and grow a site in one place, from hosting to a drag-and-drop builder to a built-in CRM.

Below we’ll take a look at these and more alternatives to Drupal, so you can find the CMS that’s right for your site.

Below we’ll compare the ideal use cases, pros and cons, and pricing of each CMS. Let’s get started.

1. CMS Hub

CMS Hub is a great Drupal alternative for businesses that need one tool for their developers, marketers, and IT professionals. Offering smart content, SEO recommendations, and support for multi-language content variations, CMS Hub is designed to help businesses build and grow a website that's optimized for every device and every visitor.

Pros

  • Includes hosting and customer support
  • Built-in CRM
  • Integrated with HubSpot’s marketing, sales, and service tools
  • Global CDN, Web Application Firewall, and standard SSL

Cons

  • Less extensions than Drupal
  • Pay to use proprietary software

Pricing

  • Professional tier: $300 per month
  • Enterprise tier: $900 per month
real estate website built on Drupal alternative cms hub

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2. WordPress.org

WordPress.org is a great Drupal alternative for users with little to no coding experience. Leveraging WordPress’ ecosystem of resources — including thousands of plugins, themes, and how-to articles — users can build all types of sites, from eCommerce stores to online magazines.

Pros

Cons

  • Plugin maintenance can require significant amount of time and money
  • Popular target for hackers

Pricing

  • Free to download but costs associated with domain registration, hosting, and premium plugins and themes
  • Average cost: one-time fee of $200 in addition to monthly fee of $11 to $40
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3. Joomla

Joomla is a Drupal alternative that’s ideal for creating membership sites, social networking sites, portals, and other web projects with lots of users. While site owners don’t need to have coding skills to use Joomla, it will help shorten the learning curve.

Pros

  • Built-in multilingual support
  • Advanced user and content management options
  • Can create custom post types

Cons

  • No official theme directory
  • Flaws in code make sites vulnerable
  • Extensions need to be installed via the backend, which can be difficult for non-technical users

Pricing

  • Free to download but costs associated with domain registration, hosting, and premium plugins and themes
  • Average cost: $700-$6500 per month
real estate website built on drupal alternative joomla

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4. Shopify

Shopify is an alternative to Drupal that’s ideal for entrepreneurs and small ecommerce businesses looking to grow. Shopify Payments, Channels, and Multi-Currency are just a few of the innovative core features this ecommerce platform offers to help you provide a seamless customer experience on your site.

Pros

  • Ton of built-in functionality
  • All plans include hosting and SSL
  • Largest app marketplace of any dedicated ecommerce platform

Cons

  • Limited selection of templates
  • Monthly packages can be too pricey for first-time shop owners

Pricing

  • Basic Shopify: $29 per month
  • Shopify: $79 per month
  • Advanced Shopify: $299 per month
  • Shopify Plus: Need to contact vendor for quote
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5. Bitrix24

Bitrix is a Drupal alternative for individuals and small businesses looking for basic CRM and lead gen capabilities to build a simple business site. Most of these users could probably get what they need from the free plan, which offers 5 GB of cloud storage as well as access to its core CRM and task management, communications, and website building tools.

Pros

  • Free limited version is available
  • Website builder natively integrated with CRM and marketing automation tools

Cons

  • Website builder still in testing mode
  • Complex user interface
  • Limited customization options and integrations

Pricing

  • Start+ plan: $24 per month
  • CRM+ and Project+ plan: $69 per month
  • Standard plan: $79 per month
  • Professional plan: $159 per month
Business website built on drupal alternative bitrix24

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6. Magento

Magento is a Drupal alternative designed for growing ecommerce businesses or existing ones with global reach. Whether you’re using the free Magento Open Source eCommerce software or the all-in-one cloud solution Magento Commerce, you’ll get all the features you need to build and run a store online, including product comparisons, product tiers, discounts, coupons, and multi-store management.

Pros

  • Can manage multiple stores
  • Transact in multiple countries, languages, and currencies
  • WYSIWYG editor and more available in Commerce edition

Cons

  • Difficult and time-consuming to learn platform
  • Extensions can be expensive

Pricing

food delivery website built on drupal alternative magento

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7. TYPO3

TYPO3 is an ideal Drupal alternative for advanced programmers at enterprise companies. Supporting smart content, multi-language and site management, and integrations with most third-party tools, TYPO3 is a powerful platform for building complex web projects like university sites. In return, it does require a significant investment of time and resources to learn and be able to fully leverage the platform’s capabilities.

Pros

  • Can create and manage multi-site installations in different languages
  • Configure advanced user roles and permissions
  • Even more extensible than Drupal

Cons

  • Missing some basic functionality, like embedding videos
  • Interface looks outdated
  • Even advanced users have to dedicate a lot of time to learning the platform

Pricing

  • Free to download but costs associated with domain registration, hosting, premium plugins and themes, and hiring a development partner
  • Average cost: approximately $10,000 for education site
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8. Webflow

Webflow is an alternative to Drupal that will appeal to web designers. Designed as the first “visual” content management system, Webflow takes care of hosting, security, and performance so site owners can focus on fully customizing their sites.

Pros

  • Can use template or start from scratch
  • Download extensions or add custom code to extend functionality of site
  • Build site for free and pay when ready to go live

Cons

  • Requires basic knowledge of CSS, HTML, and web design
  • Only email support available — no live chat or phone support

Pricing

  • Website plans: $12 to $36 per month
  • Ecommerce plans: $29 to $212 per month
  • Account plans including individual plans (fee per month) and team plans (fee per user)
book website built on drupal alternative webflow

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Finding the Right CMS for You

Any of the CMS platforms above can help you manage your content, visitors, and teams in one place. The key to selecting the right one for your business is ensuring its capabilities align with what you’re trying to achieve.

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Originally published May 1, 2020 7:00:00 AM, updated May 01 2020

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