August 18th & 19th : Virtual

Building Great user experiences on a Faster

more Capable

Web, with Open Source CMS.

At CMS Africa, we care about how websites run. Websites that run on many CMSes that we love such as WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal, Typo3 and others face challenges when it comes to User Experience, performance, reach, and engagement.


Four CMSes for now.

Together with our main partner, Google, CMS Africa is inviting developers across Africa to help contribute to the core of these popular CMSes. We are looking for solutions that improve performance, privacy, capabilities and security of open source platforms everywhere, with a special focus on the needs of African users and developers.
We are starting with WordPress, Joomla!, Drupal and TYPO3.


Beautiful designs, powerful features, and the freedom to build anything you want. WordPress controls 40% of the CMS community.



With robust content management tools and sophisticated APIs for multichannel publishing. Drupal is ready to be the hub of your digital presence.

Others Later

There are many CMSes out there but for the time being, we are concentrating on Joomla! WordPress, Drupal and TYPO3.


Hundreds of developers have been improving Joomla!. This immense effort has made Joomla! very popular, easy to use, stable and secure.



TYPO3 CMS is an Open Source Enterprise Content Management System with a large global community, backed by the approximately 900 members of the TYPO3 Association.

How it works

Apply by filing our submission form with your idea. If we like your idea, we will invite you to Developers For Africa Hackathon. 


Africa For Developers Meetups

Meetups, Speakers from CMS Africa, global open source CMSes and Google will share with you details of the highest priority development areas.  

We will then have a meetup where you can share your ideas on how to make the web experience better for African website creators and users and get feedback. You also get an opportunity to listen to other ideas and offer your feedback to other developers’ ideas.  


Meetup Cities

We will host meetups in:
Nairobi,Kenya, our first destination
Capetown, South Africa
And more to come


CMS Africa Summit

Projects resulting from the best ideas will be showcased at the CMS Africa Summit 2021 in Nairobi Kenya.

CCMS Africa Summit is a premier African tech event that is hosted by different African cities on rotation. It has been held in Kampala (Uganda), Abuja (Nigeria), Kigali (Rwanda), Nairobi, Kenya, and Cape Town South Africa. It is organized by CMS Africa. 




CMS Africa, along with our main partner: Google, we would like to support developers in this process. We understand that there are certain costs associated with working on this project. 

We are happy to fund your work on this project to help you meet your needs like:

  • Books or courses that will help you increase subject knowledge.
  • Software needed to develop your idea.
  • Any other expenses related to the project.

Areas we are looking to improve.


Helping the core of your preferred CMS to withstand workload and failures with increased  number of visitors. 


API-Driven or Decoupled CMS

Do you think CMSes can go this direction? We know that it would perhaps need an overhaul of the traditional CMSes to achieve a version of API-driven CMS. But with API-driven CMS, we leave the marketers and content creators in the dark. Do you think we can contribute to something close to Decoupled CMS perhaps? perhaps? 

Anything else?

What other opportunities for improvement do you see? Are you willing to innovate a solution? 



Can we still rely on community-developed plugins to meet modern business requirements? Maybe you have an exciting idea around that. Or maybe you know how we can contribute to the core to ensure strong security? Can you think of a way to provide iron-clad security with little maintenance?



At the CMS Africa our expert speakers will talk about images, copy, and Videos: They’ll talk about avoiding duplication, making workflows efficient, and effectiveness.
Attendees will also discuss how to blur the roles of everyone involved in the community? The strategists, designers, and developers so that we can create a publishing experience optimized for speed.

Ready to get started?

Get in touch, or apply

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