At the heart of a content management system is the ability to work with the content of a website. This means you can edit, change and then upload and publish content to a website and maintain the site as well. This process can be automatic or manual, depending on what you’d like to do. The importance of CMS cannot be stressed enough in this computers and net driven world. Whether you’re a creative consultant, an NGO or an enterprise, you will need CMS to ensure that you put your best face forward, for clients.

Yes, WordPress is a blogging platform but that does not stop people from using it as a content management system too! If you’re looking for an alternative to this blogging platform for all your CMS needs, check out the following options.

1. CMS Made Simple™:

With such a user-friendly name, it is no wonder that this open source service has been growing in popularity since its release in 2004. You can use it to create pages with small-sized content and for websites that don’t require too much change and review.

2. Umbraco:

Open source again, Umbraco works on the .NET framework offered by Microsoft. Its ease of use should not distract from its dynamic and powerful capabilities in recognizing and using standard stuff like jQuery, C#, HTML and CSS. This is meant for the serious CMS creator and if you think you come under that category check out the site.

3. Wolf CMS:

This open source management system is beautifully laid out and has different templates for each page. Tools and permission protocol is deceptively simple and you will have no trouble getting familiar with this CMS.

4. MODX:

This strongCMS gives you much juice to make your web applications and your website even better. MODX provides you with disparate systems for web groups, user and administration and you can do a whole lot with it, including replicating snippets, folders and documents. The ease of this system lies in how quickly it can create something lush and lovely for your site.

5. Joomla!

How can any list on CMS be complete without Joomla! The award winning CMS allows you to create brilliant websites and apps. Apart from it being democratic in its insistence on being open source, its beauty also lies in its vast extensions directory to give you everything from photo hosting apps to calendars to keep track of events and its super-simple user capabilities.

6. Contao:

If you like Web 2.0 and Ajax, then this is the system for you. It is completely template based and has a potent permission system, superlative search and undo options and a choice of numerous languages and sorting options.

7. Pligg CMS:

If you thought CMS was a lonely business, you will enjoy the free to download and use Pligg. Its software is designed for users to submit information and share it with others. You can use Pligg to make websites where members can vote on the stories shared by others, making the whole experience social, like never before.

8. ExpressionEngine:

If you’re hosting a website for an enterprise or business, the built-for-commercial-purposes ExpressionEngine is what you’re looking for. It comes with great backup in the form of the best developers and technical support. This CMS is a choice of many a professional website designer and when you try out the system, you’ll see why.

9. Plone:

If you need to create application centered tasks, check out Plone CMS. It is great to add and remove content, create workflow. That means if you have slightly sophisticated content, this CMS is what you should be looking at.

10. Zotonic:

Rounding up our list is a Z. Zotonic is speedy, free, dynamic, crammed with extensions and great to create gorgeous content and applications.

There’s more to CMS than WordPress so start exploring now!