Pelican VS winter

Compare Pelican vs winter and see what are their differences.


Static site generator that supports Markdown and reST syntax. Powered by Python. (by getpelican)


Free, open-source, self-hosted CMS platform based on the Laravel PHP Framework. (by wintercms)
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Pelican winter
23 17
12,223 1,278
1.5% 1.3%
8.9 8.8
8 days ago 7 days ago
Python PHP
GNU Affero General Public License v3.0 MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Pelican. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-18.


Posts with mentions or reviews of winter. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2022-12-28.
  • best php-based cms/tech choice
    16 projects | /r/PHP | 28 Dec 2022
    Beside Symfony there is Laravel Framework , I will not go into deep difference between this frameworks as it really is just taste of what your team likes more (active record vs datamapper, facade/helpers vs dependency injection, blade vs twig, ...), as already mention above this kind of CMS make sense if Website is just one part of your application and you have to build more then just a simple digital business card / website. In Laravel world there are CMS like October CMS / Winter CMS, which target the same providing a CMS based on the Full Stack Larave framework and give you all features of that framework. Another already mention CMS in Laravel world is Statmatic.
  • Do you make your own CMS?
    4 projects | /r/webdev | 27 Oct 2022
    Chances are a lightweight CMS already exists. Winter CMS is one such option.
  • Would my site run faster if I abandoned Wordpress and 'rewrote it from scratch'?
    6 projects | /r/webdev | 15 Aug 2022
    Or Winter CMS ( ;)
  • Ask HN: What CMS are you using in 2022?
    11 projects | | 11 Jul 2022
    As someone who dabbled in PHP but is mostly a self-taught JS hobbyist dev, I have been using and loving Directus ( since around the time they switched to Node. Development velocity is exceptional with new features released every couple of weeks and bugfixes/enhancements even more frequent, the community and core team is fantastic, and I like the fact that if I ever decide to switch to another CMS for some reason, there's no real import/export process, I just delete the directus_tables in my database, and done.

    Pocketbase ( piqued my interest after seeing it here and on ProductHunt, but I don't think it would be the right call for a client before it hits a stable release.

    I also very much enjoyed OctoberCMS (although it has its quirks), but there was a fairly acrimonious split in the community there, and OctoberCMS is no longer open source, and I haven't used the fork (WinterCMS:

    I enjoyed using Apostrophe ( for a while, but ultimately I felt like I was doing a lot of stuff in a way that didn't come naturally to me, and although Mongo seems a logical choice when you look at Apostrophe's page model, it worried me a bit that the data would not be easy to move if I ever wanted to.

  • Any suggestions for a "client-oriented" CMS? More info into the post.
    4 projects | /r/laravel | 8 Jul 2022
    I'm biased, but it might be worth taking a look at Winter CMS. It's built on Laravel, so you get everything you would with Laravel but it also has some pretty powerful features on top of what you get out of the box with Laravel. Its plugin system and extensibility is also second to none. It's different from a few of the other options though in that you don't add it to an existing project, you build your projects from the start in it.
  • What are the weirdest CMS you've seen used to host content?
    6 projects | /r/web_design | 12 May 2022
    Winter CMS is an open source fork of OctoberCMS. They've just put Laravel 9 support in place as well.
  • Is there a best framework or software to develop websites on for the future?
    1 project | /r/webdev | 29 Mar 2022
    If you're looking at October I'd give Winter a look too (, October is no longer open source and Winter is the open source fork of October. (Disclaimer: I'm the lead maintainer for Winter CMS)
  • Looking for "Wordpress" alternative....
    8 projects | /r/webdev | 29 Mar 2022
    Winter CMS? Laravel based and very developer friendly!
  • Modern php cms or ssg
    1 project | /r/PHP | 21 Mar 2022
    If you're thinking of using Bolt but would also like to have access to the power of Laravel, I'd recommend taking a look at Winter CMS (open source fork of October CMS, built on Laravel / Symfony):
  • Wordpress is horrible, and i hate it!
    1 project | /r/Wordpress | 21 Feb 2022
    Have you ever looked at Winter CMS? it's a CMS built on Laravel that's super easy to customize and add your exact needs to.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Pelican and winter you can also consider the following projects:

Lektor - The lektor static file content management system

october - Self-hosted CMS platform based on the Laravel PHP Framework.

Nikola - A static website and blog generator

Strapi - 🚀 Strapi is the leading open-source headless CMS. It’s 100% JavaScript/TypeScript, fully customizable and developer-first.

Hugo - The world’s fastest framework for building websites.

gutenberg - A fast static site generator in a single binary with everything built-in.

Hyde - A Python Static Website Generator

Grav - Modern, Crazy Fast, Ridiculously Easy and Amazingly Powerful Flat-File CMS powered by PHP, Markdown, Twig, and Symfony

Jekyll - :globe_with_meridians: Jekyll is a blog-aware static site generator in Ruby

wn-builder-plugin - GUI for building plugins in Winter CMS

Cactus - Static site generator for designers. Uses Python and Django templates.

firecms - Awesome Firebase/Firestore-based CMS. The missing admin panel for your Firebase project!