WordPress Vs Umbraco – Which CMS is better?

Umbraco vs WordPress

The following is a guest post from Liam Ward from Bit10, a partner agency with Banc Media.


Working for Bit10, a web development company based in Coventry, we regularly get asked about various Content Management Systems and which are better than others.

I know that Banc Media are fans of WordPress, you’re reading this on a WordPress installation and at Bit10 we’re keen supporters of Umbraco are one of its largest certified solution providers in the UK.

However we’ve recently taken a shine to WordPress ourselves after working on some marketing campaign sites for a client and we’re now considering adding it to our CMS offering which also includes Sitecore. So how do these CMS Compare?

WordPress

WordPress is a very popular CMS predominantly used by bloggers and smaller sites. It is PHP, open source CMS with a huge community of active developers creating a number of free and paid plugins to add extended functionality to your site.

There is a whole catalogue of ready to go themes that make it easy to start creating your site. If you wish to do a custom you can create your own look and feel but it would be wise to use the recommended layout if you wish to use plugin widgets.

WordPress is used by organisations like Reuters, eBay and Mashable.

Umbraco

Umbraco is a CMS that is growing in popularity; it is also an open source CMS with a large community creating plugins to extended the functionality. However Umbraco is built on .NET framework which can make it more expensive to host.

Your designers have full control over the look of your website Umbraco doesn’t provide any design limitations and developers can be more rigid on how the CMS is used by creating individual page types with specific entry fields.

This does mean that more development time is required to getting your site up and running but makes the site easy to manage through a content tree.

Umbraco is used by organisations like Heinz, Tesco and Wired.

So which is better?

Both systems have their merits but it really depends on what the project’s requirements are!

For smaller websites or sites that provide regular updates such as news or blogs, then WordPress is a great option that can allow you to get a site up and running quickly without large development or hosting overheads.

However for a larger corporate website that requires more design freedom, pages with specific content requirements and makes use of dynamic content. Umbraco offers a stronger foundation from which your website can grow.

Are you looking for a new Umbraco or WordPress based website? Or Looking for support on an existing installation? Then visit www.bit10.net for more info or email me so we can discuss your requirements.