Craft CMS – WordPress Alternative for Businesses

May 26, 2020 Business Comments

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Business, Web Design, Web Development,

A content management system (CMS) is designed to empower content publishers and marketing professionals by enabling them to manage their web content via an intuitive interface. With a CMS, you need minimal HTML or CSS knowledge. There are numerous CMS options currently available, but the two leading ones are WordPress and Craft CMS.

The majority of the websites on the internet use WordPress as their content management system framework. The reason for that is because it was among the first CMS available to users. Craft CMS, on the other hand, is a decent WordPress alternative. It has sparked a serious debate, with many people regarding it as the best there is in current times. Both platforms require moderate knowledge of programming which utilize the web stack. These two content management systems are some of the best in the industry. WordPress out of the box, is one of the best content management systems out there for creating a blog. There is no needs to download plugins to create a blog on WordPress, WordPress can handle blogging straight out of the box. You can also create a blog with Craft CMS, as it is one of the most flexible content management systems out there.

Comparison of Features

Interface

The user interface offered by Craft CMS is intuitive and user-friendly. The appearance is a lot more aesthetically impressive and modern compared to that of WordPress. Even someone new to it can easily edit content and do it fast. You can create a fully custom-built site with both WordPress and Craft CMS. Craft CMS, however, makes the entire process a lot easier by making use of matrix fields. Using the matrix fields, you can create multiple content blocks using a single field.

Load Speeds

The WordPress software offers relatively decent load speeds. That is despite it having a lot of code overhead and with no regular significant updates which are designed to improve speeds. It mainly relies on some light enhancements and heavy security patches to keep it in play. Craft CMS, on the other hand, combats slow speeds by using the Model-View-Controller design pattern. The design pattern for code is impressively intelligent and speeds up everything.

Live Previews and Content Modules

With WordPress, you might end up with numerous tabs on your browser. In such a case, it will be difficult to differentiate which the preview tabs are against those with the original edits. Craft CMS solves the issue with an incredible Live Preview tool. The tool works by splitting the screen into two different views. On the left, you will have the CMS panel, and on the right, you will have the preview.

Craft offers superior SEO compared to WordPress.

SEO

SEO is an important factor to consider when trying to establish a blog. Craft offers superior SEO compared to WordPress. The SEOmatic plugin is similar to the SEO Yoast plugin from WordPress. However, SEOmatic is a powerful plugin that handles a wide variety of technical SEO, including JSON-LD schema markup, which gives your website more information for Google to understand.

Plugins

WordPress has a wide plethora of plugins available, meaning you can probably find the exact plugin you are looking for. Some plugins are kept up to date some are out of date and are not being maintained. Craft CMS has fewer plugins than WordPress, however, most of them are of higher quality which are maintained by the developers, typically at a cost. In some cases, custom development will need to be implemented to integrate Craft CMS into other software.

Software

Craft CMS is a very good piece of software that handles content management very well. Pixel and Tonic created Craft CMS 3 with the Yii 2 php framework which uses the model view controller architecture. This makes the content management system load content quickly into the browser. Developers will use the web stack, html5, css3, and JavaScript, to create and develop websites with the platform. Craft CMS is one of the best content management systems out there that was very intelligently designed. WordPress on the other hand, handles everything as a post, which can be pretty frustrating sometimes. However the big advantage with WordPress is that it's open source and free to set up. Craft is also initially free if you use the solo package.

Security

A note about WordPress security: WordPress, being the most widely used platform, does have good security, however, it is also the most targeted by hackers. Each of WordPress themes, integration, and plugin is a vulnerable entry point that a hacker can use to access data. With Craft CMS, you will enjoy annual security updates that ensure your site remains safe and secure at all times. The updates come at a cost, but they are usually worth it for any business looking to protect their data. Craft CMS also does have many plugins, but not anywhere near as many as those of WordPress. Most of the integrations are charged, while the rest are built in-house to guarantee security.

Hosting

Hosting with Craft CMS is more expensive than WordPress and requires a more modern hosting platform that can accommodate the software's requirements. Craft requires php version 7.2 and is typically hosted either on a modern shared hosting provider that costs a bit more, or on a virtual private server, such as Digital Ocean with Laravel Forge. WordPress can use most traditional shared hosting providers that run php 7.2.

Cost

WordPress does have lower initial costs compared to Craft CMS. However, when you consider the long-term, Craft CMS will be a lot more cost-effective for any growing business. Your business will easily scale when using Craft CMS for your website. You will also not have to spend too much money and time when it comes to customization.

Final Thoughts

Craft CMS and WordPress are in my personal opinion, two of the best content management systems on the market. Both offer the ability to use custom fields to develop flexible website content. Craft uses fields built into the software, and WordPress uses the advanced custom fields plugin. Numerous other features make Craft CMS more flexible and easier to manage than WordPress. This includes superior search engine optimization and dependable customer support. All that is in addition to being a fresh breath of air for most content creators and marketers to use.