WordPress is by far the most used blogging software on the planet. The vast majority of bloggers use this famous platform to broadcast themselves to the world and you would be forgiven for thinning that there really was no other alternative. However, this isn’t the case and there are a number of offer free solutions available if you wish to move away from WordPress. Not all bloggers want to follow the crowd and if you want to stand out a little, using an alternative might be just for you.
Probably the most well known alternative to WordPress is Joomla. It is possible to install it directly from the Softilicious application which is normally bundles with cpanel and can the majority of web hosts have this. Installation is just as simple as WordPress, and the admin area is fairly intuitive, especially if you have used other blogging software in the past. One of the drawback, as with many of the other alternatives, is the lack of good quality themes. WordPress has thousands of beautiful themes to choose from, with new ones created every day, however with Joomla, you will find that there is less of a selection. One way around this though is to get creative and have a go at developing your own personal theme. This will require a certain degree of skill, so if you feel that it is beyond you, you can always pay a coder to do it on your behalf. Websites such as Fiverr will have a huge number of programmers who are willing to help for a very affordable fee.
Here is another free CMS (content management system) which has gained some traction lately. A strong community has built up around using Drupal and some very prominent websites such as the White House’s site are built using the software.
Blogger is owned by Google, and many people make use of the free sites which you can set using their URL. You can however install a blogger site on your own URL should you wish. Again the themes are nowhere near as flexible as WordPress but it does still have a number of features which make it an attractive alternative.
Last but not least is Wix. They market themselves as the easy to use website builder, and the software is fairly straight forward. The have a number of paid options for those who want to develop their site more seriously. The themes are very attractive and Wix is growing in popularity all of the time.
As of yet, no one has managed to surpass WordPress for the simplicity, ease of use, and flexibility of what it can do. If you are thinking about moving away from it, maybe you should ask yourself what you are actually looking for the WordPress can not provide.