What CMS to use for writting articles about web development

Hi, I am wondering, what CMS to use for writting articles about web development? I want something simple, not WP, also I want markdown too.In few words, I want a CMS that provides a basic template, I will focus only only on content, so the template is not such a big deal, and basic features, like creating categories, you know what I mean.

So, the question is quite simple, a CMS that it is made for writting this kind of articles.

They all are. :smile:

Perhaps try a simple flat-file CMS like Grav, or perhaps even a static site generator.

b2evolution would definitely give you what you need - it comes with a fairly limited range of template/themes/skins, the most basic of which is, well, basic. It also has in-built plugins for either code markup, or markdown as core features. It would be worth taking a look at their demo site to see if it might be something that would suit - you would need to sort your own hosting out for it though, as it’s entirely self-install/hosted.

Wordpress is actually simple. It comes built-in with templates and a dedicated blog page. There are hundreds of free (and good looking) themes out there.

It has well written documentation and a great support base.

My favourite part is that theme installation, editing, posting, adding images, etc is all done through your Wordpress backend. :slight_smile:

I’ll agree that it’s convenient. But personally I find it a lot safer to test changes elsewhere than on a live site.
But then, I don’t care for the rush of having an unexpected crash and the thrill of fixing things as fast as I can.

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This is just for a Blog-Style website where he/she will be writing articles. I don’t see the need to test any unfamiliar plugins or themes. Especially if the sole purpose is to write articles.

Of course, there are other great solutions - I just find that Wordpress does the job for me - no matter how basic or complex.

Ah, OK, gotchya.

Agreed, writing blog posts and the like should be no problem and not require a dev environment.

It’s the theme, plugin, CSS, JavaScript changes that can be chancy.

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I think Wordpress can be used for it. WP is very simply and useful to write articles and blogging

There is a difference between writing and publishing and I think most CMS systems don’t even try to be good at the writing part. You can use separate software, one for writing and another for publishing.

I’m not too sure I follow your line of thinking there. As far as I can make out, they are intended to accept text and offer a set of tools that permit its formatting. Anything else related to “writing” is what you’d learn at school isn’t it, or did you have something else in mind?

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The word “write” and its variation “writing” has multiple definitions. The definition I am using here is the one relevant to the context. I mean it in terms of editing; I mean the tools used to assist writing. I mean the type of thing that word processors do.

Microsoft Word has a limited amount of grammatical assistance but it does some. Very few if any HTML editors do that. Microsoft Word supports reviewer’s markups; I am very interested in a HTML editor that does that. Those features of word processors are probably not important to most people evaluating CMS systems but they are examples of features that writers use.

Other possible features include collaboration and routing. In this context, routing is meant to refer to a review and approval process.

I am saying that instead of limiting the number of possible CMS systems by requiring the CMS editor to have features that writers use, it is possible to separate out the writing requirements into separate software.

Visual Studio’s HTML editor is limited. Expression Web has more features for HTML editing. If I need to, I can use Expression Web to edit the HTML. Expression Web has very little support of programming, it is essentially limited to text editing so I use Visual Studio for programming of web sites.

Many larger companies with complex publishing workflows use Drupal. Drupal is somewhat of an industry standard for that type of thing. That said Drupal’s learning curve is MUCH higher than WordPress.

Many larger companies use DNN (formerly DotNetNuke), which is written in VB.Net and runs in IIS. C# can be used to develop modules for it. The important point is that the language and server needs to be considered. Drupal is written in PHP and is typically run in an Apache server so Drupal would be good since Apache and MySQL typically cost less. For me, however, I can’t stand PHP so I prefer C#. The language and server might not be a consideration for you but it is the type of thing many businesses would be concerned about.

Licensing, infrastructure, and maintenance are all expensive with the ms stack. The ms stack is driven by corporate bureaucracy. There is far more value outside of that stack with open source technologies. The most practical and simplest of them is LAMP.

I don’t think anyone ever wants to use ms CMSs they are just forced to do so due to politics. Microsoft web software wins the gold star for minimum viable product every time.

I think times may have changed. eg.
Better CMS


It’s so .NET! With N2CMS, you build the model of the data that needs to be managed using C# or VB code in Visual Studio.


Orchard is a free, open source, community-focused Content Management System built on the ASP.NET MVC platform.

My choice is still WordPress. It is most suitable CMS for you to create and develop rich content. its not definitely difficult, but simple to install and use.

I think WordPress is best for this. It is simple to use and it will work great ,…