You have never given serious thought to the aspect of choice and options when it comes to choosing the best CMS, have you?
In the digital world, one of the core systems is CMS. Content Management System facilitates the creation of the platform to present your content and also assists you in managing the overall presentation of it.
It is no surprise when I say that WordPress is the unquestioned leader in the CMS market. With over 560 million websites up and running in WordPress, the upward rise of WordPress does not cease to exist.
But as the market has evolved there has been the arrival of alternatives. Let’s take a look at a few other CMS platforms and see where they stand in front of WordPress.
WordPress Alternatives & Why Not To Use Them
Joomla entered the market pretty soon after WordPress, its growth has been steady and not very phenomenal. The prices of plugins are almost the same. But Joomla is a tad bit more tech savvy which takes the user-friendly quotient away. Joomla portrays itself to be usable by hardcore professionals whereas even a novice can try their hands on WordPress and will surely come up with a website.
Keeping that in mind, working on Joomla will be easier for a professional web developer. But the same cannot be said for the clients who will have to work on the admin page after completion.
The marketplace and plugin database of Joomla is limited. Yes, paid or free, the plethora of plugins offered by WordPress is something you won’t find anywhere else in the market.
To make good content which provides a good ranking in Google, you will need a flexible Content Creation Kit which is easy to operate. Honestly, Joomla does not have it and this is where WordPress scores.
Then comes the price, now all of these CMS are open sourced and mostly free for installation. What users have to pay for are mostly premium plugins. However, with Joomla, every version upgrade comes with a new feature which in some cases might cost the owner of the website. In plain words, it pinches the pocket more often than its counterparts and is slightly annoying.
Drupal has been operational longer than most of the CMS platforms mentioned here. Yet its rise has not been as sensational as WordPress. The good thing about Drupal is that it is made to deliver high performance and it has a major dependency on hardware. So yeah, you can cut on your server costs. But it is more complex and WordPress and Joomla. So if you wish to build your website by your hands, the time consumption will be a lot more.
Drupal is not for making regular websites, blogs. It is for bigger, more code involving, more content inclusive and interactive websites. That is the reason Drupal is considered by big enterprises for their online presence. But the most important thing that is dragging Drupal slowly to the bottom of the rankings is its lack of adaptability with the advancement of technology and its appreciation towards the contributors of this open source platform.
Moreover, the theme library of Drupal is like a pond compared to what WordPress has to offer. It has close to 600 themes whilst other CMS possess themes in thousands and the keep on making more. With such a small library getting a hang of Drupal should have been rather easy. But, it is not. Compared to WordPress, an individual with limited coding knowledge will take a much longer time to get Drupal at their fingertips thus investing more time towards completing a website. Such is not the case with WordPress. Page building and customization are way easier in WordPress.
Also, let’s not forget the hardships that Drupal encounters with 3rd party plugins. This causes Drupal-based websites to slow down and that is surely something that nobody would want.
Squarespace is a drag and drops website builder much like WordPress. It encourages individuals with limited or no coding knowledge just like WordPress. But using Squarespace is not that easy. Like most CMSs, you will need to get used to the editing model of Squarespace. Also where WordPress allows you endless possibilities for customization with fonts, colors, blocks, backgrounds, header, footer, sidebar and so on, Squarespace restricts your creative intuition to a greater scale.
Squarespace does not play well with plugins. It is completely dependent on built-in features which, on a serious note will massively restrict the functionality of your website. Being SEO compatibility is an integral part of a website nowadays and here Squarespace is no match for WordPress. Plugins and tools are decrepit and not very user-friendly.
Now WordPress undoubtedly has a habit of keeping its user up to date with frequent updates. This is something Squarespace has not been able to do. Moreover, Squarespace is a sweet spot for hackers due to its popularity and its support is at best average compared to WordPress. If you are still considering Squarespace then here is the deal breaker, it is more expensive than its major competitors.
Wix like its name is very simple to use. And this is one of the most important reasons why Wix is gaining popularity. Now, why this popularity is not long lasting? Ads. Yes, you have to pay extra for a premium plan to get rid of the ads.
Another reason is, Wix is not flexible. How does lack of flexibility impact a website? Well, for starters, you don’t get access to the source code thus limiting your backend coding completely. Template editing options are as rare as the Vaquita Dolphins. You basically get what you choose. Navigation within the website is limited to steps, thus websites with deeper navigation have no business with Wix.
Also, Wix does not have any built-in analytics and it is definitely not the right website builders for bloggers as the page tends to get bloated. Unlike self-hosted WordPress sites, Wix mostly uses subdomains, which restricts the admin’s control of the website. That’s not all, if Wix does not find your website complying with their terms, they will take it down and you won’t have a say on it. Wix can be a boon for beginners, no doubt about it. But if you are a professional, then Wix will limit your creative possibilities to a great extent.
Content Management Systems are on the rise and racing towards technological soundness. But looking into the above alternatives who capture a chunk of the market, I can say that WordPress is the supreme ruler of the realm.
Be it the editing flexibility, theme library, plugin array, SEO compatibility, documentation, support and price, WordPress is miles ahead of others. By the looks of its feature list, market share, reach, preference and affordable pricing it is a crystal clear conclusion that competitors will have to upscale fast to match to the benchmark that is set by WordPress.
You can always look into other CMS before finalizing the platform for your website but the chances that other CMSs will please you the way WordPress is very dim.