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20 of the Best Free and Paid Marketing CMS Platforms in 2021 (Ranked)

When was your business website created? If the answer is several years ago, it's time to update it. Or hey, even if it’s relatively recent, you still need to optimize it on an ongoing basis, especially if you’re not hitting your traffic goals.

But managing a website takes a lot of work. From design to coding, and coming up with an effective content strategy, it often takes a village (or a really awesome team of professionals).

Fortunately, with the right CMS, creating and managing content on your site will be easy breezy.

What Is a CMS Platform?

what is a cms

A content management system (CMS) is software that allows you to build, manage, and update your website content all in one place — and all with prebuilt frameworks. They are ideal for websites that create and share a lot of content. So, if you have a blog, tutorial website, or portfolio, a CMS is for you.

In addition to being practical, it doesn’t require any technical knowledge (which makes it easier for us non-developers and non-coders). 

Long gone are the days of writing out HTML by hand. A marketing CMS streamlines the work involved in creating new content. And with the right marketing CMS, it only takes seconds to bring your ideas to life.

This type of software also enables you to make sweeping changes to the look and feel of your site without ever adjusting a single page individually. You can even use a CMS to stay current on the most recent design trends, such as responsive mobile UX.

Honestly, CMS platforms are so versatile these days, you can use them for almost any project you want!

The Difference Between CMS and Website Builders

So what’s the difference between a CMS and a website builder? Elementary, my dear Watson. Just kidding. It’s not elementary at all. They both have a lot of the same features. 

Website Builders

A website builder (such as Wix and Squarespace) comes with pre-built functionalities; some of them drag and drop. They also include customizable themes. However, website builders offer significantly fewer features, such as limited customization and SEO capabilities. 

This means that if you’re looking to create a simple, functional website, website builders provide you with easy-to-use tools to get it done; but don’t expect to create something identical to the original ideas you have in mind. 

To maintain a website created with a web builder, you pay a subscription fee monthly or yearly; and once you stop paying, you lose the website. 


A CMS offers a significantly wider range of in-depth customization options. This lets you tweak everything as you please without any restrictions.

Also, when you use a CMS to create a website, you own the site and can move it to whichever web hosting platform you’d prefer. In addition, a CMS allows for unlimited SEO options and lets you add as many webpages as you want, with as many features as you want.

Keep in mind that because CMS platforms offer much more versatility, they have a steeper learning curve. As a result, you’ll likely need some sort of beginner’s training as you learn the ropes. 

Types of CMS Platforms

While a CMS platform offers you unlimited customization, there are different types of software. Which one would work best for you depends on your business needs.

Regardless of which one you choose, you want a CMS that integrates with other software you may be using to run your business. 

E-commerce CMS

An e-commerce CMS has the same capabilities as a regular CMS but also comes with features that allow you to do product inventory management, add shopping cart options, and integrate with payment software. 

Saas CMS

A SaaS CMS is a cloud-based solution that requires a subscription fee. When you pay it, everything is managed by the vendor.

You don’t have to worry about installing updates or increasing storage. They are also easy to use and are ready for customization straight out of the box. 

Open Source CMS

An open-source CMS lets you have full control over your website. You have full access to the source code and can design new functionalities.

You download the software and choose where to host it. You are also responsible for all maintenance and security.  

Headless CMS

A headless CMS is a content management platform that lets you create content from the back-end. You get to store content in this type of CMS, but need APIs for it to display in its presentation layer. 

10 Features of a Great CMS

Each CMS platform comes with some basic and unique features, so it’s important to analyze your options before you select one.

While there are limitless tools and features that could be of immense value to you, here are 10 core features you should always look for when choosing a CMS platform for your business.

1. Content Editor

content creation in a CMS

CMS software is made for easy content creation and management, so naturally an easy-to-use content editor is key.

Your business should be able to quickly add, edit, and republish content without the need for specific coding. The best CMS platforms will have a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) feature to simplify your work.

2. Design Flexibility

With any platform, you don’t want to be confined to the templates and layouts you’re given. Just like your content creation, design edits should be accessible and flexible.

With the right design features and customization tools, your developers should be able to create a website that fits your brand while you can still manage and create content on an easy-to-use interface. Beware of CMSs that restrict your backend edits and customizations.

3. Customization

Speaking of customization, it’s essential to have a CMS that allows you to adapt the look and feel of your content to fit your brand style guide.

Font type, size, header styles, and more should be easily customizable in the text editor – or at least the ability for developers to include the coding for such styles.

4. User Management

If you’re part of a larger company, you’re more than likely to have multiple people using your CMS platform.

Therefore, being able to set permissions and manage users can help give the right people access to essential tools, yet also restrict certain features to managers or higher executives. 

5. Integrations

The best marketing CMS option is often the one that integrates with your existing marketing technology stack. That gives you the potential to make your CMS part of your overall marketing automation plan.

Third-party integrations should be easy to add to your CMS so you can automate certain tasks, like gathering contact information in your CRM or promoting your blog post content on social channels. 

6. Support

CMS customer support

Sometimes, you just don’t know how to do something – which is when you turn to someone else for help.

Having reliable customer support or a wide knowledge base for your CMS can be beneficial not only to you and your problems but also to your time management.

You won’t be sitting at your desk trying to find a solution; you’ll have immediate access to all the answers, which can save you time and get your work done more efficiently.

7. Security

Just like anything else online, CMS platforms can be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. This can increase with your use of plugins, extensions, and add-ons.

Look for software that provides regular updates, does regular content backups, and lets you modify user permissions and establish two-factor authentication. 

8. Scalability

Web performance issues cost you money. If your website has significantly high traffic, you’ll want a CMS with features such as auto-clustering (which enables you to add servers/nodes), built-in caching, and no API limits. 

9. Omni-Channel Management

Depending on your brand and customer experience (CX) design, you may need a CMS that streamlines content among all the channels your customers use — website, mobile apps, smart watches, airport/mall kiosks, buying online/picking up or making exchanges at a brick and mortar store, etc...

10. Extensions

Extensibility allows you to add additional modules and extensions; and how many a CMS platform will accommodate depends on its architecture. If you have a need for numerous extensions, you’ll also want to take into account their effect on performance.  

How To Choose the Right CMS Platform for Your Business

Identifying the best CMS for your business depends on many factors. However, there are several that are common denominators. Adopt these tips to narrow down your list and invest in the right platform. 

Evaluate Your Business Needs.

When choosing a CMS platform, you need to be clear on your specific business goals. If you’re a global company, you’ll want multi-language content creation capabilities.

If you run an online shop, you’ll need one with ecommerce features. If you want a lot of hand holding as you optimize your website for search engines, you’ll want one with SEO tools.

Determine Ease of Use.

You’re already busy running your business and training new employees. The last thing you need is to spend additional hours at your desk as you figure out how to use any software.

CMS platforms already require a time investment to learn how to use them. But look for ones that are relatively user-friendly and offer helpful resources such as video tutorials, a knowledge base, and good customer support. 

Plan for Integration Capabilities.

Let’s say you already have an existing website and you just want to add all of these cool new capabilities, like a blog and maybe an online shop. You’ll definitely want to look for a CMS that integrates with your current website, instead of having to create a new one from scratch.   

You should also factor in your long-term vision for your business. Consider what other tools you'll need in the near future and be sure to select a platform that supports integrations with those tools. 

The Best Free CMS Platforms

1. TYPO3

TYPO3 homepage 2019

As far as free, open-source CMS platforms go, TYPO3 stands tall. It's one of the most popular CMS options in the world, predominately used in Europe and other regions. This is why it's a common choice for those looking for multilingual solutions. 

The good news is that it's very flexible, so companies of all sizes looking to scale enjoy this platform. However, it comes with a hefty learning curve and it's not the most user-friendly CMS on this list. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Typo3 is very useful for the development of web applications and websites. Typo 3 offering you the easiness of managing your application with far much stability."
User in Computer Software via G2

Con: "The mobile experience on smartphone and tablets is extremely poor. Making one or two small edits can take minutes on a smartphone compared to seconds on a desktop. A proper Android/iOS app would go a long way to making Typo3 more productive for its users."
Allen N. via G2

Pro: "The tool column on the left side is great for easy use. Navigating the website is great when using the search bar. It's fast to use since updates have happened."
User in Retail via G2

Con: "TYPO3 has a bit of a learning curve and while it does offer great power and flexibility it can be a chore at times, to no particular fault of its own, but due to the nature of getting two systems to meet in the middle of a third."
Darian R. via G2

2. Drupal

Drupal homepage 2019

Drupal is a free, open source CMS software that has been used for sites ranging from the White House to BBC, NBC, and MTV UK.

It was one of the first to utilize now-familiar CMS concepts like modules that extend functionality, themes that instantly adjust the appearance of a site, and more.

Drupal comes with a far wider range of features and more flexibility out of the box than many alternatives. However, some of the drawbacks include an opaque user interface (UI) and some complexity.  

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "The platform is well suited for managing a large amount of content. It can be used both for business and personal purposes since it suggests a number of variants of customizing and adjusting it to your needs."
Vita M. via Capterra

Con: "Drupal can be difficult to deal with for non-developer or technical profile users. Depending on your objectives, the learning curve can be considerable."
Joaquin V. via Capterra

Pro: "Views is the best thing about Drupal. Pre-Views, Drupal is a decent CMS, perhaps a bit more logical than WordPress, but with a lot less users it's hard to justify it. However, with Views, you can make advanced applications with a pretty easy to learn interface. It's really, really close to a visual programming language, although there are still some things you'll need to break out the code for."
Jason H. via Capterra

Con: "Your code won't last forever. Every 2-3 years, Drupal releases a new major update which radically changes the functionality of the site. The plus side of this is that it makes Drupal better. The downside is that you will often have to completely re-write your custom code."
Madhu S. via Capterra

3. Weebly

Weebly homepage 2019

Weebly is a remarkably popular CMS among marketing companies that want to empower their clients to put their own stamp on the work that gets done. Although not the first full-featured drag-and-drop CMS, it has endured as one of the best for designing and testing online stores.

It combines an assortment of beautiful, responsive themes with simple, intuitive controls and built-in analytics. That said, it lacks the depth of some of its competitors.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Con: "I could not move elements to certain places on the website because it is not allowed, the drag and drop function is very useful but in certain places of the website is not possible to place elements, I'm sure Weebly solve this problem in future versions."
Betty V. via G2

Pro: "The website builder makes making a free website effortless and easy. To connect your domain is really cheap too. Their plans overall are cheap for site owners to start out especially for someone looking into doing eCommerce."
Justin C. via G2

4. Magento

Magento homepage 2019

Magento focuses on designing customized ecommerce experiences. It grew out of the need for more robust security in the CMS space. Since it’s both powerful and easy to use, it is appropriate for marketing organizations and the clients they serve.

Magento is ideal for companies that are leveraging eBay as the core of their e-commerce strategy. Marketing promotion features, customer service tools, and detailed reporting are all built in.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Powerful, many advanced features and of course open source so no pesky monthly fees. Excellent multilingual and multistore support. A large pool of Magento experts around the world who can help. Some excellent themes available for purchase at a reasonable fee and a wide range of plugins to extent functionality."
Warren M. via G2

Con: "Although it is flexible and customisable, the Magento platform is overly complex and it's greatest strength - the huge support of third-party developers - is also it's greatest weakness. There is no central support and if Magento of any of its TP components break down, you are on your own."
Shaun S. via G2

5. Joomla

Joomla homepage 2019

As a free and open source CMS, Joomla is easily mistaken for WordPress.

It has templates, feature extensions, and a vibrant development community. One thing that sets Joomla apart is its high-level security features, which ship out of the box instead of as plugins.

Joomla is easy to use and can be leveraged to create a completely customized social network experience that integrates seamlessly into existing platforms.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "It has many remarkable points, it is free and with a large community of users and developers, there are lots of themes that can be installed and customized to improve the graphic image of our website, there is also a wide variety of add-ons available that can be installed for provide some specific functionality that our website needs."
Carlos C. via G2

Con: "To be able to use Joomla requires a good knowledge in web programming since some of its functions can be a little difficult to understand, besides the installation of some modules can be difficult."
Margaret C. via G2

Pro: "Joomla for me it is an excellent content manager with which I can program all kinds of web application, its code is fully editable which is very good since it can be easily customized having experience in web programming, also has a store where I can find very useful complements to expand its functions."
Angel S. via G2

Con: "Setting up may require an initial (steep) learning curve. May be not as easy to set up as Wix or Weebly. Hence may require the admin to be more-or-less tech savvy (and not just a beginner)."
Alvaro M. via Capterra

6. Wix

Wix homepage 2019

Wix is one of the leaders of the pack in “What You See Is What You Get” web design. As a marketing CMS, Wix shines with its combination of user-friendly publishing that blends easily with advanced customization for coding experts.

It is also known for its excellent support and rapid maintenance. Likewise, Wix surprises with a deep list of ecommerce perks like coupon codes and inventory tracking.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Wix is ​​easy to use, and easy and intuitive to make websites, we don't need advanced knowledge to make a website that looks organized, professional and original. Being a beginner we can do great things with Wix. We can also use wix from mobile devices, tablets and computers, it has a very easy interface to work and there are a variety of templates that we can select for our work."
Franklin Rene H. via G2

Con: "You are limited to only so many forms on your site, as well as fields. This was the free forms, that you get with the site. You can pay for more fields, if you need them. Also some add in's cost money, but the ones they provide for free did the job for me."
Scott U. via Capterra

Pro: "Clean and user friendly interface for building from scratch or editing templates. Tons and tons of available options to choose from. (Colors, fonts, menus, etc.) Our websites don't look cookie cutter, they look custom built. Connecting your own domain is super easy! It takes only a few minutes and is up and working immediately. 
Access to all the features during building. Basically we can use all of the features (even if we have to upgrade to premium to use them live) so that I can be sure that we really do want to pay for those features. "
Ashley P. via Capterra

Con: "I dislike the manner in which the site dashboards are spread out. It is hard to explore the different highlights, and discovering things like webpage traffic is non-intuitive and something else that I abhorrence is the advertisements that are added to my site. You need to pay somewhat extra to get those expelled."
Melisa M. via G2

7. WordPress

WordPress homepage 2019

With tens of millions of sites and the most active development and support communities on the web, WordPress is one of the biggest success stories in modern software history.

It pioneered many of the ideas its rivals are still trying to perfect. It has the biggest catalog of optional feature plugins and themes of any CMS and can be customized to suit any vision. However, maintenance can be tedious and security implementation is sometimes uneven.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "It's incredibly customisable. There are no shortage of Wordpress developers out there if you're looking for a custom build, and there are thousands of plug-ins and themes which can sort you out if you're looking for an out of the box solution. For the most part, I don't need anyone else to look at the website on a day to day basis, and am able to effectively manage it myself."
Jemma C. via Capterra

Con: "Wordpress websites do not seem to be quite as lightweight and as fast as websites coded bespoke from scratch in HTML, PHP, CSS and JS. The shear number of updates to themes, core files and plugins can sometimes cause clashes and problems with websites running on the platform. Managing a number of Wordpress websites takes a good deal of will power, resources and time."
Verified Reviewer via Capterra

Pro: "WordPress has a low barrier to entry. No matter your skill level or goals WordPress has an entry point for everyone. WordPress has the slogan "Code is Poetry", which can be interpreted as meaning that code is beautiful to everyone in different ways. Whether you're a beginner, writer, web developer, or advanced coder you can use WordPress to achieve your goals at or beyond your initial skill level with relative ease."
Nigel Masimba R. via Capterra

Con: "The biggest downside is the back end operation of your site; especially if you're like me and don't want to spend much time under the hood. Because so many companies and products offer Wordpress compatible plugins, you can get just about anything you need for an update. HOWEVER, on several occasions we experienced a Wordpress update that caused conflicts with some of our plugins, some of which were key cogs in our website."
Joseph C. via Capterra

8. Bolt

Bolt CMS homepage

Bolt is an open source CMS that has no limits to functionalities. It lets you create content in multiple languages — and even choose if you want to translate the entire website, or just specific sections. It also makes editing a breeze, with its built-in content editors. 

This is an ideal solution for websites with vast amounts of written content, as it structures text automatically depending on the type of content — webpages, blogs, news, or testimonials. It also lets you find old content easily with its backend search functionality. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: “Good customer service. They are very supportive and help us with any issues that may arise!” 

Ashley B. via Cuspera.com

Pro: I spent a few hours yesterday and today building a new hobby site with @BoltCMS and wow, the new version is FANTASTIC. It's so easy to get a site up and running. I'm really loving this.

@Skoop via Twitter

Pro: “It’s feature rich, but only when you want it to be. It remains lightweight and fast throughout development and production, and just feels natural and easy to use.”

Nick Salloum via Sitepoint

9. Contao

Contao Homepage

Contao is an open source CMS that allows for multiple extensions and scalability. It has a powerful site structure that supports multiple websites, lets you control user access, and is designed for mobile optimization.

The platform also comes with user-friendly news, blog, and newsletter modules and advanced editing features — including a multilingual spellchecker. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: “No predefined structure, so we can build our website from the first time of use itself. No limit in creativity: we can build our website exactly as it was designed, using just HTML and CSS.Easy multi-domain managing using different root pages. Easy multi-language managing, Highly customizable modules through templates. Very good tools in the core: FAQ, News, Newsletter, User Management, Comments etc Nice and clear back end interface, little mess up even with third party extensions. Very accurate and in deep setting of back end user interference permissions.”

Nidhin C. via G2

Pro: “My favorite thing about Contao is the simplicity. This required little to no back end training for me and my staff. I was up and running by the end of the day, and the security, IT infrastructure, and ability to spread out info throughout my clientele is priceless.”

U.H. via G2

10. Craft CMS

Craft CMS

Craft CMS is a good option for simple ecommerce sites or websites with a single admin account. It provides flexible content modeling, multi-site capabilities, image editing, form creation, and includes cloud storage. It also helps keep your website organized with categories, tags, subfolders, and the ability to relate entries. 

However, the free plan is limited. If you need to add additional user accounts, basic developer support, or priority technical support, you’ll have to upgrade to one of their paid options. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: “Intuitive interface with important backend features (SEO, page ranking); easy to organize tiles for feature pages. Scalable — easy to build new pages. For all intents and purposes, I could use Craft without needing development support 95% of the time.”

U.M. via G2

Con: “Recently, we were hacked, and we had a fake landing page for a scam website added to our page randomly. That was not fun. For a platform that bills itself as a more secure alternative to WordPress, that was disheartening. I know there's no such thing as a hacker-proof site, but still!”

A.L. via G2

Pro: “The idea that everything from the ground up is a customizable data structure. You don't have to fit into a pre-build mold like Wordpress where things are either a "Page" or a "Post." That's not how most sites are - usually there are complex data structures that the user needs to customize, and Craft gives you that control. On top of the customization, database backups are a synch, the asset management tooling is phenomenal, the back-end editor is really pretty, and there's so much more too. You gotta try it!”

Aaron K, via G2

11. HubSpot CMS Hub


The HubSpot CMS Hub allows you to build an optimized and personalized website for every device and visitor. It comes with unbelievable ease of use balanced with trendsetting marketing features.

Their latest features allow IT professionals to easily monitor site health and take action as needed, while enabling developers to leverage a flexible themes system to develop easy-to-use content creation experiences for marketers. 

Marketing teams enjoy many notable features, including:

  • Impactful SEO recommendations 
  • Contact attribution reporting capabilities
  • Adaptive testing functionality
  • A simple drag-and-drop editor
  • Pre-built and customizable website themes 
  • Multi-language content creation options

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Overall the CMS is very easy to use - whether updating a web page or publishing a new blog post - and provides valuable insights. Having a fully integrated CMS plus CRM is helpful to our sales team as we look to uncover new leads and understand which topics are most interesting to our clients and prospects."
Matther M. via Capterra

Con: "I'm very skeptical about the CMS part of HubSpot. An expensive closed system just isn't my idea of a good idea for content management. As for the CRM part of it, sometimes there are a few glitches where things don't function well but that is rare."
Nick L. via Capterra

Pro: "I love HubSpot's CMS - I run a blog of my own on it, and the CMS stands up really well against WordPress. It has more than enough features for me to alter my website with. The lead management feature is also amazing, and I have touched upon this in this review."
Jake P. via G2

12. Magnolia

magnolia homepage

Magnolia earned global appeal in over 100 countries for good reason – their CMS is tough to beat, especially for enterprise-level organizations. 

It's an open source software that allows for numerous add-ons and integrations with other essential marketing technologies like your CRM, analytics platform, marketing automation, and others. This allows marketers to bring in data and content from these other systems via Magnolia to create truly personalized and optimized web experiences.

The flexibility of this CMS is truly impressive, which is a must for companies looking to build a site with a lot of functionalities. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users

Pro: "One of the easiest content management platforms to use for launching and creating new applications and websites. It helps me to share our projects completely or even have of the features apart as well. It is specially built for your heavy integration. It is an open-source platform and provides your cloud storage."

Emma W. via G2

Con: "With a lot to offer, it has been seen that Magnolia requires a proper learning before being able to operate well. It also lacks in proper documentation and consistency. It is also not well suited for small businesses."

Anna S. via G2

13. Squarespace

Squarespace homepage 2019

Squarespace rounds out the “do it yourself” website designers with a superior drag-and-drop interface none of the rest can match. From the marketing perspective, one of Squarespace’s strengths is its exceptional analytics, which are ready to go from the moment you start.

Its SEO and customer relationship management (CRM) toolkit is more varied than others, and it comes with full email marketing integration. Calendars and maps make it ideal for local businesses, too.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Squarespace has all the tools you need to build and manage a great-looking website easily. Their templates are stunning and require little to no coding experience to customize to your needs. Their drag and drop page builder is simple and intuitive. Their pre-made content templates make designing for every platform a breeze."
Bryan Y. via G2

Con: "Squarespace has become increasingly expensive, moving more and more features to higher and higher tiers. Their e-commerce options are great for a simple store with few product options, but you cannot change the image of a product when a customer selects a variation of that product - like a different colour of shift, for example. This was a deal-breaker on a recent project and drove us toward Shopify."
Dave V. via Capterra

Pro: "I like the integration that Squarespace has with other platforms. From marketing and SEO to payments and social media, you can integrate a TON of different things into your Squarespace site with just the drag of an icon into the build page!"
Isaac C. via G2

Con: "Sometimes I find the website settings difficult to find. I feel like squarespace could make their setting navigation a little bit more user friendly. I find myself scrolling up and down the page or even googling how to find a setting, when it should be very easy to find."
Caitlyn L. via G2

14. Sitefinity


Numerous features make Sitefinity a top contender in the CMS space. Quick and easy inline editing and drag-and-drop layouts making designing and maintaining your website a breeze, and use content personalization to deliver various versions of content to specific audiences. 

Plus, easy multi-management allows you to manage multiple sites, channels, and devices all in one place.

There are three packages available, which they refer to as “editions.” Request a custom quote for pricing.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "I love the widgets and module builder tools as it allows me to quickly and easily build new pages without having to pay our digital agency to do so. And withe the handy widgets I can use infinite versions of similar templates to make as many different pages as I need."
Richard P. via G2

Con: "Not easy to upgrade to latest version, if by mistake one deploy the latest version DLL, it change the database and you cannot rollback to old version. The Export/Import feature is not advance enough and randomly breaks. By default Sitefinity store some of the changes like labels & Message, Search Index on ‘File System’ which cause issue when you have a Load Balance environment, there you have to manually sync the file on all environment which is not ideal."
Nabeel Q. via G2

Pro: "For the most part, this software is easy to use . There are plenty of page templates to get you started and the drag and drop feature makes it easy to build the structure of your pages. You can make edits at a page level, or a template level. If several pages require the same edit, it can be easily fixed on the template level."
Verified Reviewer via Capterra

Con: "Updates requires to update in the staging/dev environments. Would like it to auto update or one click update, and be able to revert updates if needed. Also wish the user community would share more knowledge and custom modules/plugins/themes to the rest of the user base."
Administrator via G2

15. Solodev


Solodev provides you with a simple step-by-step process to take your website from setup all the way to launch. You have the ability to create a custom website design, add your logo and colors, and easily customize content.

Intuitive editing tools help for easy textual customizations on every page, and you can even create permissions for various users to ensure that the best website page is being launched and that all the right eyes are on it!

There is a free plan (Developer) available, but we recommend the more robust paid packages (which start at $45 per user/month) to give you all the essential tools you need to manage your website with ease. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Solodev has offered us a tremendous amount of flexibility, training, support, and design freedom as compared to other CMS platforms. Through it, we've had the right blend of options to confidently engage in whatever we imagined from a design standpoint, translating ideas into fully-functional websites."
Matthew G. via G2

Con: "Exporting data is slow and tedious. I would like Solodev to improve database exporting options."
Vianel G. via G2

Pro: "It's easy to navigate through the back-end and the pages are very simple to update. Seamless process for updating our website, especially like the blog layout."
Francesca L. via Capterra

16. Kentico


Kentico is a fully integrated ASP.NET CMS, e-commerce, and online marketing platform to deliver content across multiple channels.

A built-in WYSIWYG editor allows for easy formatting of bullet points and custom CSS styles, while the MVC Page Builder utilizes drag-and-drop widgets for simple website customization.

This CMS is worth looking into, but be aware of the price – licenses start at $4,499 (per year). But, if you’re looking for a headless CMS option, Kentico Cloud might be a good one.

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Con: "There were limitations, but always work arounds. We needed a lot of custom widgets and builds on the platform to meet our needs. Using a developer was costly, but 99 out of 100 times, we were able to achieve the desired outcome. I found some of the uploading of images and videos for web purposes to be clunky."
Kerrie-Lynn C. via G2

Pro: "The ease of use and the out-of-the-box feature set distinguishes Kentico from other CMS solutions. A great set of functionalities are available without the use of coding. They can be added on templates and can provide a rich set of features on pages/templates."
Dimitris R. via G2

Con: "It's really clunky. The steps I need to take to create content is terrible, and it has no memory as to what I was just working on. For example, when I add a feature article to a folder and need to link back to an article I just worked on, it doesn't remember my last task and I have to go through all the folders again to find it and link it."
User via G2

17. Pixpa

Pixpa homepage 2019-1

Pixpa is an all-in-one website builder and marketing platform that is used by creative professionals and small businesses around the world. Its easy drag-and-drop tools enable everyone to showcase, share, and sell online without any coding knowledge.

It also offers integrated marketing and revenue generation tools, including an e-commerce platform, client galleries, blogging features, announcement bars, and much more.

With 24/7 support and a budget-friendly cost of the low tier at just $6 per month, Pixpa is a great CMS for creatives and small businesses. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Ease of website creation with portfolio management and e-commerce facilities for creative professionals, artists, designers, photographers and the like. No coding knowledge required."
Siddhartha Raj M. via G2

Con: "Limited template options for user for website design."
Siddhartha Raj M. via G2

Pro: "Its easy and has drag-and-drop capabilities which enable the user to create unique and beautiful portfolio website. Users can fully customize website themes. The website is mobile-ready and is a great option for photographers, architects, fashion and design enthusiasts. It has an e-commerce store that allows users to start selling their products without coding knowledge. The interface allows the user to manage products, inventory, discounts, shipping etc."
Jameela H. via Capterra

Con: "Blog import functionality is not there so I was not able to import my existing blog into my Pixpa website. Also, I need to automate order processing by linking with a good photo lab...i am told they are working on that."
Rupinder K. via Capterra

18. Superdesk

Superdesk CMS

Superdesk’s superpower is its versatility — it lets you create and distribute content to any platform. It’s a popular open-source headless CMS in newsrooms since it is specifically designed for end-to-end news creation, production, curation, and distribution. Create the content once, and publish it across all your channels. 

It also lets you work more efficiently, since it’s user-friendly and it provides flexible article templates. And it keeps every content piece organized, by allowing you to associate documents and attach non-text files to news items. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: “We needed a newsroom engine to power our existing outputs - we supply 5,000+ news media customers with upwards of 3,700 articles, 1,700 photos and 60 videos a day - and to allow us to create novel products to serve the latest apps and platforms as they emerge. Superdesk integrates with our legacy systems while enabling us to develop new products and tools against its APIs to our hearts content.”

— Angelo M., via Capterra

Pro: “Superdesk is a news management system which enables news agencies of all sizes to create, produce, distribute, archive, and curate content with a suite of open-source journalism tools, including a headless content management system, editorial workflow management, Elasticsearch capabilities, review and revision functions, plus user access controls and permissions.”

Peer Review, via Cuspera

19. Contentful


Contentful offers powerful tools categorized by business, content creators, developers, and project managers. It is specifically designed to create omni-channel digital experiences while allowing to structure and edit everything from a single content hub. It also integrates well with translation and e-commerce tools. 

The platform also prides itself on providing valuable resources to help you design great customer support. It’s an ideal tool for global brands since it allows for segmentation of messaging depending on the audience’s geographic location. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Great tool on how we upload additional content to our email builds however I gave it 4 stars because there are quite a few steps, and limited to see a preview of our sends." 

Anonymous Marketing Coordinator via Gartner

Con: "I genuinely dislike using this platform. I have worked with a number of different CMS platforms and I've found that I've had to rely heavily on my dev team anytime I want to make any kind of changes to the look and feel of content. The system is finicky and the slightest error in a field can take down swaths of pages on the site, and it's incredibly inflexible. I don't know if this is due to the platform itself being terrible or some errors in implementation/deployment on our side, but all I know is that this platform doesn't make my life easier whatsoever."

Anonymous via Gartner

20. Wrike


Wrike has extensive integration capabilities — CRM, email, chat, mobile apps, and business intelligence, to name a few. It also enables team collaboration by integration with Google Drive and SharePoint. 

It’s user-friendly and allows cloud-based cross-departmental collaboration and communications. Some of its most popular features include image and text editors, customizable templates, and video content creation capabilities. 

Pros and Cons From Real Users:

Pro: "Wrike is quick and easy to set up. It has a clean interface with variant functionality. Well it's intuitive, with smooth navigation and flexible for team collaboration where users are able to organize the workforce and utilize the resources at work."

Sanskriti G. via Capterra

Con: “The fact that it's packed with features does make it challenging to deploy. The Wrike are helpful and very friendly but I think the culture within the company is too sales focused. It feels like the Wrike teams are under pressure to sell. This is not an issue with the people you deal with but a top-down approach that feels flawed. You will have to pay if you want training!”

Tony E. via Capterra

Pro: "It's flexible and there are multiple ways to look at projects/tasks, depending on how users like to see things. For example as a list, Gantt chart, table or Boards which is really handy as we have designers and programmers who work very differently. The decision to go with Wrike was also skewed by the ability to have external collaborators join the team. The ability to add custom fields makes it easy to add information required. Different views enable tasks to be seen by project, person, folder etc. Being able to track time on each task is also really useful and easy for everyone. New features are being rolled out frequently and Wrike is fast catching up on the areas I thought were lacking initially."

— Laetitia B. via Capterra

Find the Best Marketing CMS For Your Needs

At Bluleadz, we often advocate testing out different solutions and finding out what works for your team and stack.

That’s good advice when you’re testing the water with social media apps, lead generation, and other parts of the ever-growing marketing mindset.

Once you choose a CMS, switching to another one is a bear. The very aspects that make certain CMS choices attractive for bloggers and entrepreneurs – no fees, open source structure – can be problematic when you are an SMB trying to scale and grow.

Any of the options above can create responsive e-commerce websites for clients, but it takes a little something extra to serve as a complete publishing solution for marketing teams focused on being true inbound marketing thought leaders.

With that in mind, we enthusiastically recommend HubSpot, the solution we use at Bluleadz.

Although any one of HubSpot’s features is great on its own, it’s truly unique when you look at the big picture. So many of the groundbreaking ideas in content marketing have come from HubSpot: Using its solution ensures you benefit from those bursts of inspiration as they happen.

Plus, the HubSpot CMS Hub integrates with the brand’s full suite of marketing automation solutions. And they also offer 24/7 phone support, dynamic content creation abilities, content staging tools, and much more.  

Not everyone will pick HubSpot, of course, but the consensus is clear: If you’re not using a marketing CMS yet, 2022 is the year to make the switch.

No matter how big your site may be, it’s easier to shift to a structured CMS solution than to keep manually updating and organizing.

A good CMS not only makes your site faster to maintain but makes it more rewarding to grow your team and make the most of your innovative ideas. The benefits compound as you go, so the perfect time to get started with your chosen CMS solution is right now.

CMS Checklist

General FAQ

What is a CMS?

A content management system, often abbreviated to CMS, is software that allows you to build, manage, and update your website content all in one place.

What is the Best CMS Platform?

The best CMS platform is HubSpot. (As ranked by actual users on G2 Crowd.)

What are Some Benefits of a CMS Platform?

It's easy to use and adopt for non-developers, It greatly improves your ability to perform site maintenance, Design changes are relatively simple.

Alejandra Zilak

Alejandra Zilak

Alejandra Zilak is a content writer, ghostwriter, blogger, and editor. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and a Juris Doctor. She's licensed to practice law in four jurisdictions and worked as an attorney for almost a decade before switching careers to write full time. She loves being part of the Bluleadz team and implementing SEO best practices with her content. When not working, she loves to read, write fiction, and long distance running.