As fans of the superb Umbraco content management system we compare it to Wordpress and explain the key benefits of choosing Umbraco to manage your website.
So in one hand we have Wordpress which arguably is the most popular blogging tool on the internet and does include the functionality to quickly and cheaply build websites and blogs with its plug in based architecture and template system. On the other hand we have Umbraco which is a fully featured open source CMS with the flexibility to run anything from a small web site through to a highly complex web application.
Wordpress is a blog publishing tool first and CMS second gaining popularity due to ease of customisation through use of existing templates and plugins. This allows web design companies/agencies to piece together sites with limited or no coding experience. Whilst bespoke solutions can be created with Wordpress it is better suited as a blog solution and can be somewhat cumbersome to adapt it your own particular needs. This is due to the nature of how Wordpress is designed, whilst being open source you are constrained by set design protocols for the solution to function. Another issue with Wordpress being the security of the templates and plugins - so with a Wordpress site you can be assured you will need to keep on top of this at all times but that is the price you pay for a quick low cost solution.
Umbraco on the other hand is a fully featured open source CMS that provides full control over mark-up and design without constraint. It provides us as developers the complete freedom (and the tools necessary) to create a truly tailored solution that can easily be expanded upon as your website grows. Unlike Wordpress which is primarily a blogging tool, Umbraco is a more comprehensive approach to a CMS allowing full customisation without restriction. Over the last few years many large organisations have adopted Umbraco as their CMS solution and these include Tesco PLC, SanDisk, Microsoft, Heinz and Costa to name a few.
Many of our customers that have moved from Wordpress are quick to comment on how much easier they find it to work with our Umbraco solutions. So if you want a professional looking website that can adapt with you over time then we really think you should be looking at Umbraco as your CMS.