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Clash Between Top Laravel CMS: OctoberCMS VS AsgardCMS

January 22, 2018

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Web developers and development agencies around the world love rapid application development. To keep up with the fast pace of development and fulfill client requirements within the deadline, developers often use a CMS. Popular CMS options available today include WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and Magento. There are times when these established players are not up to the task. In such scenarios, developers often need a flexible and customizable CMS that are often created using the Laravel framework.

OctoberCMS VS AsgardCMS
1. OctoberCMS
2. AsgardCMS
3. Requirements
4. Installation
5. Github Profile
6. Features
7. Pros of OctoberCMS over AsgardCMS
8. Pros of AsgardCMS over OctoberCMS
9. Conclusion

In this article, I will compare OctoberCMS and AsgardCMS, the top two Laravel CMS.


OctoberCMS is a free, open-source, self-hosted CMS platform based on Laravel 5.5. It has a simple and modular structure that is able to keep up with the growth of the project. OctoberCMS started beta testing on May 15, 2014, and the latest stable version was released on Dec 19, 2017.


AsgardCMS is relatively a newcomer to the CMS market. However, it has a full-featured modular and multilingual structure. Each part of the CMS is a separate module and all modules are loosely coupled. The result is great flexibility that results in a wide latitude for customization options. AsgardCMS initially started on Jun 10, 2015 and the latest stable version was updated on Jan 14, 2018.


OctoberCMS AsgardCMS
PHP version 7.0 or higher PHP 7.0 or higher
PDO PHP Extension PDO PHP Extension
cURL PHP Extension cURL PHP Extension
OpenSSL PHP Extension OpenSSL PHP Extension
Mbstring PHP Library Mbstring PHP Extension
ZipArchive PHP Library Tokenizer PHP Extension
GD PHP Library GD PHP Library
Mcrypt PHP Extension
MySQL 5.5

One of the following cache drivers: Memcached, Redis, APC (defaults to array)
Both CMS support the latest PHP version. AsgardCMS have a little more requirement but it is totally worth it.


OctoberCMS AsgardCMS
Installer Wizard Command line
Command line

Both CMS could be easily installed through Composer. In addition, OctoberCMS also provide an installer wizard which comes in handy for users who do not wish to use the command line. Installing OctoberCMS and AsgardCMS is very simple on the Cloudways Laravel server and the process is over within minutes.

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Github Profile


OctoberCMS AsgardCMS
 4,238 commits  2,321 commits
 3 branches  4 branches
 113 releases  55 releases
 239 contributors  26 contributors
 MIT Licensed  MIT Licensed

Both CMS has been released under MIT license. OctoberCMS has a better community and more contributors and releases. AsgardCMS has just 26 contributors who are tirelessly working to improve the CMS.


OctoberCMS AsgardCMS
Installer Wizard/Composer Composer Install
Build-In Themes Multilingual
Easy Page Management Theme Creation
Layouts Management Sidebar
Media Manager Widgets
API’s Page Management
Plugins Middlewares
Widgets Media Managers
Forums Easy Module Management
Queues Management Flexible Permissions

Both CMs has impressive feature sets. While OctoberCMS has all the features of a modern CMS, AsgardCMS has interesting features such as multilingual features and modular structure. he others.

Pros of OctoberCMS over AsgardCMS

  1. OctoberCMS is more popular
  2. OctoberCMS is much easier to use
  3. OctoberCMS has more support and resources, tutorials and StackOverflow Q&A
  4. OctoberCMS is better for scenarios where the developers require a basic CMS with good documentation.

Pros of AsgardCMS over OctoberCMS

  1. AsgardCMS is more developer oriented.
  2. AsgardCMS is fully modular
  3. AsgardCMS is multilingual. Even the backend is multilingual.
  4. More room for customization
  5. Docker Support


I compared two leading Laravel based CMS – OctoberCMS and AsgardCMS on several criteria including market share, popularity, resources and community. In many cases, OctoberCMS is far ahead of AsgardCMS. OctoberCMS is the perfect choice for projects where developers need a modern CMS with little room for customization. In contrast, AsgardCMS is for developers who need a modular and multilingual CMS that could accommodate a lot of customization requirements.

What is your opinion about these two CMS. Let me know in the comments below.

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Saquib Rizwan

Saquib is a PHP Community Expert at Cloudways - A Managed PHP Hosting Cloud Platform. He is well versed in PHP and regularly contributes to open source projects. For fun, he enjoys gaming, movies and hanging out with friends. You can email him at

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