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Is a WordPress website right for me?

WORDPRESS AND THE ALTERNATIVES.

What other CMS platforms are available and how do they compare to WordPress websites?

 

WordPress websites dominate the online content marketing world, but is it the right platfrom for you? Read our comparison of various publishing tools here.

WordPress has been causing a sensation for almost 20 years. It has grown in popularity since it’s release in the early 2000s. In fact, more than seventeen percent of all websites out are powered by WordPress.

Due to its tremendous popularity and impressive functionality, WordPress gets most of the conversations about content management. Most of the people recommend using it to build websites for the same reasons as well.

However, it would be unfair to concentrate on WordPress while taking about CMS technology since there are many other similar platforms. And, as strange as it may sound for some, they are competitive even with our popular giant.

Let’s take a look at other CMS out there that are forming the competition.

JOOMLA

Last year, this CMS celebrated its 10th birthday. It was released just a few years after WordPress and has grown into a multipurpose strong CMS with an impressive reputation. The community of Joomla users includes thousands of developers and website owners (around 3.3 percent of all websites are powered by this CMS).

Like a well-written papers, the functionality of Joomla deserves the highest grade. Not only the platform features all things WordPress can do but also has templates and extensions. As the result, they make Joomla a legitimate competitor.

Popular Sites Using Joomla: Harvard, Notre Dame, The Hill, the UN, Linux

DRUPAL

The next competitor is not as fierce as Joomla with just 2.2 percent running it (that’s 4.7 percent of all websites with CMS). However, the popularity of the platform has grown since the release of the latest versions with comprehensive functionality.

Drupal is widely perceived as a complex system designed for those who have a background in web development. It does not feature a lot of templates or themes because it uses a completely different approach to creating stuff by using modules.

Popular Sites Using Drupal: Rush University Medical Center, Tesla Motors, Los Angeles City, University of Oxford, the White House, and Emmy.

MEDIUM

This is a publishing platform that also has been in the shadow of WordPress since the first day. However, it has a number of great functions that will impress you. First, it is a remarkable import tool that makes publishing ridiculously easy. Second, it has a built-in audience that automatically connects with the user thanks to Medium social media feature.

Third, the platform tells the user how many people viewed the publications and how many read to the end. Fourth, it doesn’t even require original content to be published.

JEKYLL

Another competitor that has been disregarded by many because of its complexity. For example, this static site generator is written in Ruby and requires NodeJS to run. However, the functionality of Jekyll is pretty amazing: it can generate HTML pages just by having a text without the database requirement.

As you have probably realized, Jekyll’s audience is web developers and other people with a web-related background.

SQUARESPACE

The last but not least is

Next on our list is a hosted site builder by New York based company, Squarespace. It works just like Weebly but has a richer functionality, including fully customized templates. With this tool, anyone can build a pretty decent website very quickly and painlessly. The main advantage of the Squarespace is their beautifully designed out-of-the-box themes.

SHOPIFY

Shopify is indeed a good and large platform but I honestly don’t think it’s the right avenue for a business and store of your size. To give you an idea, we don’t build in Shopify because of all the restricions involved. It’s a great out of the box solution but you have very little control over it. The Scar store has so many products that I think there is value in evaluating the layout and flow of the user experience. With Shopify you simply populate a theme, but the design for a store that has 60 products is quite different from a store that has 600 products.

The platform comes with simple tools for setting up an online store, such as delivery, customer service, complaints, and many more others. It also has apps and templates.

BLOGGER

Blogger is a simple blogging platform that Google developed. Even though only 280 000 sites run on Blogger it is a very easy platform for bloggers looking for a simple online writing service. The platform is quick to set up and comes with a drag and drop builder to create custom looks for your blog.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN…

It’s pretty clear that WordPress is still holding the leadership position on theCMS battlefield. While competitors are labouring to tip the scales in their direction, no-one has come close to matching a WordPress website in terms of functionality and customisation.

Shopify is fantastic for those new to ecommerce or those who want a turnkey solution. WooCommerce is perfect for those who want full control over their ecommerce store and also want the power of WordPress.

That does not mean we should disregard alternatives but rather appreciate the diversity of the industry. The future looks bright for Joomla, Drupal, and others, so let’s wait a bit and see what happens.

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