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Why You Should Use WordPress Over other Open Source CMS

There are so many different content management systems (CMS) available to web developers and businesses now that it can be overwhelming at times. Facebook Newsroom and BBC America are hosted on WordPress, and you will see the United Nations on Joomla and NASA on Drupal. 

At Modthink, we use WordPress as a solid foundation for SEO, content management, customization, and backend development and management. We aim to be the most widely-supported CMS in our industry. 

To make things easier, we are only going to discuss open-source CMS (meaning Joomla, Drupal, and WordPress.org). These platforms are free, have countless free plugins to choose from, thousands of free themes Plus, search engines really love open-source websites. 

So what are the pros and cons of each platform, and why do we choose WordPress?

 

Joomla

Joomla is a CMS system for publishing web content. While it is good for websites that need a lot of specific technical customization, it requires a strong understanding of the platform and is often ranked between a simpler version of WordPress and a more advanced version of Drupal.

 

Pros 

Cost – Free + lower average prices on plugins and themes

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Paid Themes – There are a decent number of paid themes to choose from on Joomla.

User-focused plugins

Small updates are frequent

Security – A base Joomla installation includes security features such as Two Factor Authentication and a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) rather than requiring plug-ins.

Cons

Expertise Needed – Although Joomla provides excellent documentation, it’s also rather complex. All CMS platforms come with a learning curve, but this one is seriously steep.

Popularity / Community – Past users have described it as the “ugly step-child version of WordPress.”

Customization Options – only 8,000 extensions

Large updates are infrequent.

 

Drupal

Drupal is the most technical CMS of the three. It requires an understanding of three coding languages: HTML, CSS, and PHP. Anyone diving in here–both the web developers and clients alike–need to have a high-level understanding of this platform.

Pros

Cost – Free + lower average prices on plugins and themes

Paid Themes – Good paid themes

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Popularity – More used than Joomla, but it is still a much lower number of developers than WordPress.

Amount of Plugins – 44,000 plugins

Set Update Schedule –  2 updates a month: one bug fix and one security update

Security – Heavy focus on security thanks to constant update schedule

Cons

Expertise Needed – While easier than Joomla, Drupal is still a platform with a steep learning curve.

Free Themes – Lack of quality free themes

Most plugins are developer-focused, not user-focused.

 

WordPress

WordPress works in PHP code and is arguably the easiest, most powerful content management system to develop. It is simple enough for a basic solo blog page and intricate enough to run the most influential websites in the world. It is easy-to-manage, its changes are seen in real-time, and it has over 55,000 plugins, giving you a unique level of customization that you won’t find in Joomla or Drupal.

Pros

SEO – WordPress is the most SEO-friendly content management system

Popularity – ⅓ of every website you visit is a WordPress website, which is a clear indicator of its value.

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Plugins – Over 55,000 free and paid plugins to choose from.

Themes – An abundance of high quality free and paid themes to enhance your website.

Support – You can find answers to most questions and problems you may have on WordPress forums, such as the WordPress Subreddit (97,000 subscribers).

Learning Resources – There are a plethora of resources available for people to learn WordPress. You can learn via Youtube, WordPress.org, or any developer forum.

Customizability – WordPress offers a larger level of customization.

Frequent Large Updates – WordPress frequently goes in and adds amazing new changes to its core features.

Cons

Security – While WordPress may have the highest number of infected websites per year, this is because many of these sites do not have the correct security installation. Here at Modthink, we make sure this doesn’t happen to our clients.

Longer time between updates – Typically around 50-60 days between updates (NOT TRUE) They happen regularly. Some people think too regularly. 

Higher Plugins and Themes costs – Given the multitude of plugins and themes, you can expect to pay a good amount. However, this premium goes towards the highest quality versions.

Our Conclusion

Overall, it’s clear to see that WordPress is king (unsurprisingly). Why? Well, it has better SEO prioritization, frequent updates, a multitude of plugins and themes, a high level of customization, and it is the most widely-used and supported platform. Here at Modthink, we use WordPress because we know how to make the most SEO-driven and attractive websites, which actually drive new customers into your sales funnel.

If you want to have your site built on WordPress, contact the Modthink team.

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