In an attempt to find a place between rolling our own CMS and using wordpress, we’re looking for a simple and easy to use CMS system. I’ve been happy developing in CodeIgniter for our new project. The development is quite fast after you wrap your head around the structure of CodeIgniters MVC framework. Much easier than WebObjects Java development I did for 10+ years.

Here’s some contenders for a FREE, simple and easy to use CMS system built on the CodeIgniter PHP framework.  I’ll write a follow-up after I analyze them.



An easy, flexible, empowering Content Management System for rapid development that transforms your CodeIgniter projects into client manageable brilliance. 


ionize, the most professional & user friendly CMS ever made


PyroCMS is an awesome, open-source CMS!

PyroCMS is used by individuals, small & medium-sized businesses, and large organizations worldwide to easily create & build a variety of websites & web-enabled applications.

With an ever growing community and a large selection of modules, themes and addons PyroCMS makes it easier than ever to build your website!