You may have heard about Wordpress, it's the most widely used system that allows content on websites to be edited by a non-techie. It started as an easy to use blogging platform, which it still is, and has morphed into one of the worlds' most widely used content management systems powering around 60%(1) of all content managed websites.
Lots of web design companies implement WordPress to power their websites. We would suggest if you are using WordPress, that you have the support of a reputable company behind you so that they can implement it properly. We don't use WordPress, we use Umbraco so we thought we'd explain our reasons for not using WordPress.
First and foremost it's not what we are experts in. Yes we have built WordPress sites, and quite a few too, so we do have a lot of experience, but we have more experience and are more confident with Umbraco.
Added to that the programming language which underpins WordPress is PHP and we are C# experts - proficient in PHP but experts in C#. So when things "under the hood" go wrong with WordPress, it could take us a lot longer to fix.
The likelihood is though that we will build more WordPress websites if we're asked to as well as implement other CMS choices too, however, we will always advocate Umbraco as our first choice.
Whilst WordPress themselves have created a stable core product, to use it to its best you will more than likely need to install third-party plugins. These plugins extend the functionality. Plugins can be created by anyone and, although there are guidelines in place for their creation, there is no physical quality control in place. A buggy plugin could find its place in the WordPress store, be download and detrimentally affect how WordPress runs from affecting speed to potentially introducing security flaws.
WordPress has also become a victim of its own success with its widespread use making it an inviting and available target for hackers.
WordPress, as with all content management systems, releases regular updates to their core structure. A core update is never a simple process, but due to the use of WordPress plugins, you never really know how well an update will go. Plugins could stop working, become obsolete or just need updating themselves so the effort in updating and then re-testing your website following each core update is quite intense. With the added issue that there is no core support to help you solve any problems, means you can be left struggling in the dark sometimes. That said there is a great WordPress community and many forums, with WordPress developers generally wanting to help each other out.
So in summary, whilst our image putting WordPress in the bin may be a little harsh, we really do try to avoid implementing it as much as we can as we don't believe that it is the most secure, robust or scalable system for our clients.
On the other hand, you may not have heard about WordPress and you're not bothered at all about the tech that powers your website, you just want something that is secure, quick and simple to use. That's fine - we'll build you a website, show you how to use it and off you go. Alternatively, we can manage your website from core system updates to regularly updating your content and even looking after your social media channels - we can do as much or as little as you need.
Check out our previous blog post on Why we do use Umbraco.