Wordpress haters gonna hate
No matter what business or industry we are in there is generally going to be a divide in opinion on what is the right solution/product you need to meet the requirements of your brief or in some cases problem.

Just the other day I was talking to a friend of mine who is a painter and decorator and I showed him my office and asked him what the best brand of paint would be to paint 4 simple walls and the ceiling? Before I let him answer I told him that I had seen a decorator earlier and that I had been recommended a tin of a very well known branded paint that you will find in all DIY stores.

Immediately I knew my friend would react, as this was not a brand that he would generally work with and straight away he started to give me the reasons why.

Ultimately what we decide to purchase will be heavily influenced by our understanding of the product, our perceptions of the brand and obviously the influencers. In this case above my friend being the influencer I would obviously go on his recommendation.

Just the other day I was visiting a new client who wanted a small website developing, we started to discuss the spec and brief in more detail and it soon became clear that WordPress would be the perfect platform for this project. It didn’t require anything particularly challenging but just some good quality web design, responsive development and the ability for the customer to update and manage content as and when they wanted.

I could see from my clients body language that they were happy with everything we had just outlined, but her initial response was that she had a piece of paper in her hand from another web agency that had quite clearly outlined that WordPress would not be a suitable content management system for this project.

In this post I will be discussing the hotly debated argument that is WordPress CMS vs Custom CMS or a other open source content management system, (drupal, expression engine, Joomla). There is a lot of conflicting arguments for and against the use of WordPress, in this post I will outline the facts and why we choose to use it as one of our flagship products when it comes to web design and development.

Lets start with the basics what is open source software and what does it actually mean?

Open source generally refers to computer software or programs that are available to the public to use and modify as per their requirements at no cost. The great thing about open source code is that it is generally designed and developed as a collaborative effort in which developers and coders work together to improve the framework and then share these updates amongst the community.

So how we do tackle these road bumps where customers have been informed that they should be buying into a private/bespoke Content Management System or a other open source platform? The answer is quite simple we start to discuss the facts surrounding WordPress, nothing else quite simply the facts.

The Facts

Fact: WordPress powers one of every six websites on the Internet
Fact: There are over 60 Million WordPress websites online with over 100,000 more being launched daily
Fact: Their cloud hosted service which lets anyone create free websites attract 330 million visitors who view 3.4 billion pages every month
Fact: WordPress is Google’s platform of choice. A pretty bold statement I know but you did hear me correctly. Matt Cutts head of Google WebSpam team has spoke many times about why WordPress is the best-optimised platform for web development. His exact words were “it’s a fantastic choice”

So what are the advantages of developing in WordPress?

Taking the facts on board, we know it is extremely SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) friendly, it is very easy to use and it is massively scalable. The sheer amounts of customisation that can be achieved make it very easy to develop and code in.
There is plenty of resource on the web and there will be many agencies across the UK that would be able to help you develop your WordPress solution if you were to change/move or source a new developer.

The headaches surrounding a bespoke CMS

Whilst a bespoke CMS will give you everything you require, it will also come with a much larger price tag and it wont realistically be doing anything different that WordPress couldn’t have done for you any way.

It will more than likely take longer to build, as a lot of the apps and functions will need creating from scratch. The Content management system will only get updated as and when the company that own it decide to update or develop the framework.

The biggest downer probably comes when you feel you have outgrown the current solution and need to develop it further, unfortunately this means, more time and more cost from the agency that created it. If for any reason then you decide you want to change your supplier then your hands are tied, the agency will own the Content Management System and you will have very little option but to re-develop into a more common platform, again incurring more cost to redevelop.

We cannot deny that a there is ultimately a need for bespoke content management systems, however these jobs and customers are not your average small – medium sized businesses. They are more than likely enterprise level businesses that have very specific requirements of their CMS.

So what do we say to all the WordPress haters? Its simple wake up and smell the coffee. Until we see a bespoke CMS that is producing millions of sites and clearly out performs WordPress, has endorsements from senior members at Google, and is developing worldwide on a daily level, then we still believe WordPress is one of the the industry leading content management systems in website design and development.