WordPress or dedicated CMS?

10 November 2019

One of the first questions that frequently appears on the client side is whether a dedicated CMS system or using Wordpress will be better for him. There is no simple answer - the choice depends on many factors. CMS (content management system) is the back office that we use when designing, programming and then developing a given website. However, there is no golden mean which system will be objectively better. However, we can look at the pros and cons of both solutions. For example, the undoubted advantage of Wordpress is the low cost of maintaining the created web application but it may not serve the service of large websites at the same time.

Wordpress or dedicated CMS - what to choose?
One of the first questions that frequently appears on the client side is whether a dedicated CMS system or using Wordpress will be better for him. There is no simple answer - the choice depends on many factors. CMS (content management system) is the back office that we use when designing, programming and then developing a given website. However, there is no golden mean which system will be objectively better. However, we can look at the pros and cons of both solutions. For example, the undoubted advantage of Wordpress is the low cost of maintaining the created web application but it may not serve the service of large websites at the same time.

Website development - Advantages and disadvantages of Wordpress
Creating websites on Wordpress is undoubtedly more common than author's CMS. However, it is worth checking before making the final decision whether it is definitely the right solution. Let's also consider the future development of our website and the demand that may arise.

Why use Wordpress?
Slightly lower cost of maintenance and creation- services, websites and web applications on Wordpress are cheaper in implementation and the maintenance of the project. Common knowledge of the system sometimes contributes to the price difference between the offer including a dedicated CMS and the website service using Wordpress. However, in case of further development, we should verify whether the system will allow us to do so. If it turns out that does not, reorganizing all data will be much more expensive than programming the website with the author's CMS system from the beginning.

Plugins database - If the customer is considering a standard website or web application, you can use Wordpress, ready-made plugins. It really pays off when the company require for its clients the possibility of performing simple, standard actions. Unfortunately, when we require something more sophisticated, even ready plugins should be tailored to the specific project by programmers.

Intuitive panel operation - When designing a website and then coding it the panel used for content management requires thorough training of  the client. In case of CMS, after the end of the project, the team of the interactive agency conducts training itself. Usually, after just a few hours the trained person is able to perform basic actions. In wordpress, the training is often unnecessary, as the client is able to add and remove the content intuitively.

Disadvantages of Wordpress - What to look for?
Less security - at first glance Wordpress may seem an undoubted advantage, but there are also some dangers. On the one hand, popularity of Wordpress involves lower costs of modification, implementation of changes and coding of the designed site, but on the other - a much larger number of people involved in security breaches may be able to hack and access the data. Therefore, when choosing Wordpress, make sure that the solutions of the selected interactive agency are safe for the organization's activities.

Possible complications when upgrading - If we focus on automatic updating, the scenario in which there are serious system errors becomes more real. This sometimes happens because of the incompatibility of the latest version of the engine with the specific plug. Therefore, it is worth taking into account the costs of website maintenance, updates and also ask for support.

Limited functionality development - Wordpress was created as a blogging platform. At the same time, it increased its range over time, enabling more and more modifications. Thus, professional programmers can code even large websites on Wordpress. However, there are some limitations that unfortunately cannot be crossed. Creating pages on Wordpress often does not for too large websites and advanced functionalities that significantly go beyond blogging or  small online stores.

Website on Wordpress - For whom?
Wordpress is currently the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world according to widely known data and Wikipedia. Around 30% of all pages have been based on this system. It works great for websites, intermediate web applications and some websites with advanced structure. Usually, speaking with the agency can determine your expectations for detailed functionalities.

Dedicated CMS system - Advantages and disadvantages of the solution
It is rightly said that when choosing a dedicated CMS solution, restrictions practically do not exist. Both in the design of the website and its subsequent coding, it can meet customers’ expectations. The only variables are the time of implementation of advanced functionalities and their cost. However, it is rightly said that the justified use of Wordpress is much cheaper than the unjustified use of CMS. This means that before making a decision, we should consider whether this is the right option for us.

Benefits:
No restrictions and flexibility - Comparing CMS's proprietary Web application development on Wordpress, dedicated CMS is much more flexible regarding our expectations. This is especially important for advanced projects aimed at large growth and the need to add new functionalities over time. Flexibility and no restrictions means that when you have a professional team, each function can be implemented at a specific time.Documentation and support after the project - When using the proprietary solution, we have the opportunity to check the documentation of the web application, website or website, which can facilitate the full use of the potential if necessary. Also, the interactive agency conducts trainings designed to familiarize the client with the received system and teach him how to manage content.

Security - Resistance to various types of attacks is another strength that standing behind the proprietary CMS. If we consider intensive development over time, individual functionalities tailored to the specifics of the business, the option mentioned above may turn out to be exactly tailored to us.

Disadvantages:
Usually longer time of implementation / implementation - Designing and coding your own CMS may take much longer than using Wordpress. If we would like to know the details or learn about the experience of a particular agency, let's ask about it. It may happen that creating a solution doesn/t need to be created from scratch.

Higher costs - Unfortunately, not only is it more time-consuming but also costs increase. The system's flexibility has a price, and this is one of the most important reasons why we should think carefully about the decision to create a website in this way. However, if we are sure of the business value that lies behind the individual functionalities used, the investment will certainly pay back over time.

Wordpress or original CMS - What's better for what?
If we estimate where individual systems work most often, the division would look like this below.
Wordpress will definitely be suitable for:

-blogs
-News sites
-Image pages
-Small online stores
-Landing pages

The original CMS system will fulfill its function with:
-Stores with a lot of traffic and the number of users
-Social platforms
-Startups that, due to flexibility and uncertainty, must have greater freedom later

Summing up, the proprietary CMS content management system is designed for larger projects, while the pages on Wordpress have basic or intermediate features. However, before making a decision about choosing a system, it is worth consulting with the agency and verify our knowledge. We are ready to advise you on the best possible solution and send an offer that will be tailored to the company's capabilities and expectations.

Creating websites on Wordpress is undoubtedly more common than author's CMS. However, it is worth checking before making the final decision whether it is definitely the right solution. Let's also consider the future development of our website and the demand that may arise.

Why use Wordpress?
Slightly lower cost of maintenance and creation- services, websites and web applications on Wordpress are cheaper in implementation and the maintenance of the project. Common knowledge of the system sometimes contributes to the price difference between the offer including a dedicated CMS and the website service using Wordpress. However, in case of further development, we should verify whether the system will allow us to do so. If it turns out that does not, reorganizing all data will be much more expensive than programming the website with the author's CMS system from the beginning.

Plugins database - If the customer is considering a standard website or web application, you can use Wordpress, ready-made plugins. It really pays off when the company require for its clients the possibility of performing simple, standard actions. Unfortunately, when we require something more sophisticated, even ready plugins should be tailored to the specific project by programmers.

Intuitive panel operation - When designing a website and then coding it the panel used for content management requires thorough training of  the client. In case of CMS, after the end of the project, the team of the interactive agency conducts training itself. Usually, after just a few hours the trained person is able to perform basic actions. In wordpress, the training is often unnecessary, as the client is able to add and remove the content intuitively.

Disadvantages of Wordpress - What to look for?
Less security - at first glance Wordpress may seem an undoubted advantage, but there are also some dangers. On the one hand, popularity of Wordpress involves lower costs of modification, implementation of changes and coding of the designed site, but on the other - a much larger number of people involved in security breaches may be able to hack and access the data. Therefore, when choosing Wordpress, make sure that the solutions of the selected interactive agency are safe for the organization's activities.

Possible complications when upgrading - If we focus on automatic updating, the scenario in which there are serious system errors becomes more real. This sometimes happens because of the incompatibility of the latest version of the engine with the specific plug. Therefore, it is worth taking into account the costs of website maintenance, updates and also ask for support.

Limited functionality development - Wordpress was created as a blogging platform. At the same time, it increased its range over time, enabling more and more modifications. Thus, professional programmers can code even large websites on Wordpress. However, there are some limitations that unfortunately cannot be crossed. Creating pages on Wordpress often does not for too large websites and advanced functionalities that significantly go beyond blogging or  small online stores.

Website on Wordpress - For whom?
Wordpress is currently the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world according to widely known data and Wikipedia. Around 30% of all pages have been based on this system. It works great for websites, intermediate web applications and some websites with advanced structure. Usually, speaking with the agency can determine your expectations for detailed functionalities.

Dedicated CMS system - Advantages and disadvantages of the solution
It is rightly said that when choosing a dedicated CMS solution, restrictions practically do not exist. Both in the design of the website and its subsequent coding, it can meet customers’ expectations. The only variables are the time of implementation of advanced functionalities and their cost. However, it is rightly said that the justified use of Wordpress is much cheaper than the unjustified use of CMS. This means that before making a decision, we should consider whether this is the right option for us.

Benefits:
No restrictions and flexibility - Comparing CMS's proprietary Web application development on Wordpress, dedicated CMS is much more flexible regarding our expectations. This is especially important for advanced projects aimed at large growth and the need to add new functionalities over time. Flexibility and no restrictions means that when you have a professional team, each function can be implemented at a specific time.

Documentation and support after the project - When using the proprietary solution, we have the opportunity to check the documentation of the web application, website or website, which can facilitate the full use of the potential if necessary. Also, the interactive agency conducts trainings designed to familiarize the client with the received system and teach him how to manage content.

Security - Resistance to various types of attacks is another strength that standing behind the proprietary CMS. If we consider intensive development over time, individual functionalities tailored to the specifics of the business, the option mentioned above may turn out to be exactly tailored to us.

Disadvantages:
Usually longer time of implementation / implementation - Designing and coding your own CMS may take much longer than using Wordpress. If we would like to know the details or learn about the experience of a particular agency, let's ask about it. It may happen that creating a solution doesn/t need to be created from scratch.

Higher costs - Unfortunately, not only is it more time-consuming but also costs increase. The system's flexibility has a price, and this is one of the most important reasons why we should think carefully about the decision to create a website in this way. However, if we are sure of the business value that lies behind the individual functionalities used, the investment will certainly pay back over time.

Risk of unexpected errors - The risk is associated with the possibility of selecting an inexperienced agency for your project. In such a key business matter as a website, it's not worth the price. We proved it in an article that showed how to choose the best software house. Let's be careful, because only a choice that has strong substantive foundations will give us confidence in the expected result.

Wordpress or original CMS - What's better for what?
If we estimate where individual systems work most often, the division would look like this below.

Wordpress will definitely be suitable for:
-blogs
-News sites
-Image pages
-Small online stores
-Landing pages

The original CMS system will fulfill its function with:
-Stores with a lot of traffic and the number of users
-Social platforms
-Startups that, due to flexibility and uncertainty, must have greater freedom later

Summing up, the proprietary CMS content management system is designed for larger projects, while the pages on Wordpress have basic or intermediate features. However, before making a decision about choosing a system, it is worth consulting with the agency and verify our knowledge. We are ready to advise you on the best possible solution and send an offer that will be tailored to the company's capabilities and expectations.

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