Umbraco Vs WordPress

Umbraco Vs WordPress, or why you should be thinking of moving to Umbraco...

Umbraco and WordPress are two of the most popular CMS platforms on the market, they both offer open-source Content Management System (CMS) solutions. With this comes the problem of deciding which to choose for your next project.

Umbraco is used by over 731,438 active websites worldwide and is used to build all sorts of projects - small and large, public and private. WordPress is used by over 455 million active websites worldwide, running 43.3% of the entire internet in terms of public websites on this CMS. But with such a big audience basis comes a bigger security risk.

Here at Discovery we strongly advocate for the Umbraco CMS and always recommend it to our clients over WordPress when it comes to larger, more complex, bespoke and integrated websites. But, how did we come to the decision over the most well-known WordPress CMS?

Our Head of Development, Will Parker, takes a look at both and compares the pros and cons of each option…

CMS Usability

Both WordPress and Umbraco make lots of effort to be user-friendly to newcomers to the platforms. WordPress was originally created as a blogging platform for users with little to no knowledge of content management or development.

Umbraco on the other hand is intended as a CMS for developers, and as such requires a little work on the developer's side to create templates before much can be done. The great news here though is once you've learned the ropes with templates there is almost an unlimited degree of freedom that can be had.

CMS Customisation

WordPress is famous for its choice of plugins and you can generally find an add on to do pretty much anything you need. The only downside is often these plugins lack much deep customisation, so can require a developer to make work exactly how you need it. Custom plugins can also be developed, but obviously require a developer to implement.

Umbraco also has a range of plugins that can add extra functionality to the site. In keeping with the general style of Umbraco though these plugins will often need a developer to install or set up. The real strength of Umbraco here is the amount of customisation that can generally be had due to this. If a plugin doesn't quite do what you need, you already have a developer who can modify it for you. Added to this is the ability to make a custom plugin for literally anything you can think to customise.

Security and Updates

As already said WordPress has a wealth of existing plugins you can add to your site. The flipside to this is the potential security risks this brings. Improper installation, poor design and bad, or lack of updates can all lead to vulnerabilities in your site.

Umbraco on the other hand has a firm grip on security. With the mass of developers across the globe collaborating to keep Umbraco secure, and Microsoft's bi-annual state-of-the-art penetration tests, you can be sure your CMS is as safe as it can be from hackers and cyber attacks.

As of September 28th 2021, Umbraco 9 landed. With this Umbraco, it made the move from .NET Framework to .NET 5 (ASP.NET Core) and can claim to be one of the first fully-fledged .NET 5 CMS' on the market.

The Result

WordPress is a fantastic CMS to use if you need a brochure website up quickly and have either no access to a developer, or no resource for one. If you need a larger website with lots of customisation, and security is important for you then Umbraco would likely be a better fit for your project.

Looking to start a new project?

Whether you are looking for a brand new website or to re-build or re-platform your website, you want a platform that will be easy to use as well as a perfect fit for the functionality you require.

As an Umbraco Partner, we are able to create the perfect web solutions for your business, whatever your individual needs may be. Get in touch to start your next project.

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