The Best WordPress Alternatives in 2020

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Development Lead
Jul 30, 2020

It’s no secret that WordPress is the most popular content management system on the web, with a market share of over 60 percent. Despite this dominance, some developers and business owners aren’t fans of the over-reliance on plugins, slow site load speeds and even the interface itself. 

But one does not simply replace WordPress with another tool. The challenge is finding the right alternative to suit your needs.

Take a look at three WordPress alternatives our web development company enjoys using for three different purposes: eCommerce, blogging and a total CMS solution.

Shopify: The eCommerce Solution

In some respects, Shopify is the WordPress of eCommerce. The platform is the most widely used by online retailers and consistently finds itself among the highest-rated eCommerce solutions on the web. 

Like WordPress, Shopify offers hundreds of themes, so you can get your site up-and-running in no time. Shopify also does a lot of the work for you. Web hosting? Included. Shopping cart, inventory management, shipping, and payment gateways? All of these functions are at your disposal, along with a variety of marketing tools to help reach your customers.

In addition, the Shopify team continues to add new features, like Shop, a personal shopping assistant app, and Shopify Capital, which offers small business loans to users quickly and with a simplified application process.

Among Shopify’s one-million-plus customers are Tesla, Sephora, Red Bull and The New York Times.

Ghost: The Blogging Solution

Remember when WordPress was just a blogging platform? As the CMS continues to evolve into a behemoth capable of handling any type of website, bloggers are looking for a more user-friendly tool with less bloat. 

That’s where Ghost comes in.

Ghost is only intended for blogging. Nothing more, nothing less. Built with Node.js, Ghost outperforms WordPress in terms of site speed by a large margin. The interface is simple to use and comparable to another blogging platform, Medium. Unlike Medium, however, you can customize your Ghost blog and let your online presence stand out. You can also integrate your blog into an existing website.

Apple, Buffer, Duolingo and Tinder all use Ghost for their blogging needs.

Craft CMS: The Full-Fledged CMS Solution

What if you’re not interested in just blogging or selling products online? Welcome to Craft CMS, a developer-friendly alternative to WordPress. The core features are free and include a clean interface, Live Preview real-time development, and the Matrix block editor.

Craft comes with its own PHP templating language called Twig. It’s easy to learn and gives you complete control over your markup, making Craft popular with front-end developers. 

With a passionate community behind the project, you’ll find resources like CraftQuest video training to help get you started.

You’ll be in good company if you choose Craft CMS as Netflix, PBS, Foursquare and Salesforce are among its users.


Beyond this, there are hundreds of WordPress alternatives to explore, made for companies big and small. As a technology-agnostic company, Integrity doesn’t just use the latest and greatest CMS — we find the right tool for your unique needs and circumstances.

Ready to partner with us? Contact Integrity today to begin.

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