Two open source Content Management Systems with major differences. You already knew that we are fan of Umbraco. In this article we look at the systems in detail and you can read why we advise you to choose Umbraco!
Both systems are 'open source'. With open source systems, the source code of the software is always freely available to everyone. You may copy, modify, distribute and share the source code without incurring copyright or licensing fees. Because companies and developers worldwide are continuously writing additional software for Umbraco and WordPress, both systems contain many functionalities in the form of extensions and plug-ins.
Then the differences. Written in PHP, WordPress was originally designed as a blogging platform. Umbraco, on the other hand, has been developed from the start as a CMS and based on .Net technology from Microsoft.
Wordpress offers a wide range of both free and paid plugins, while Umbraco works with widgets and less with ready-made templates. Umbraco is therefore better suited for connections with other systems such as Exact, Navision, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Coachview, Salesforce and Sharepoint. In addition, Umbraco extensions are always tested and checked before they become available. And you benefit from that!
While Umbraco is especially suitable for complex and custom websites, WordPress was originally designed for blogs and simple websites. This makes Umbraco much easier to use.
Due to the modular structure, you have great freedom in building pages within Umbraco. You can easily use variable content blocks. In addition, you can easily manage different types of content in this CMS. Think of news items, vacancies, employees or references. Umbraco displays the content in a tree structure, providing immediate insight into the structure of the entire website. This gives a lot of freedom and flexibility in arranging pages and managing content. So clear! Within WordPress, no distinction is made between different types of content and all pages are visible in a long list.
Umbraco is also very flexible in the field of multilingualism. This way you can apply translations at field level and set up different tree structures per language. With WordPress you need a separate plug-in for this.
With WordPress, the website and the CMS are connected. This is not the case with Umbraco. If the Umbraco CMS is temporarily unavailable, the website will remain accessible to visitors.
In addition, Umbraco makes it possible to manage multiple websites from one CMS. This way, further developments and (security) updates can be applied simultaneously. You can also expand your existing Umbraco website with, for example, the e-commerce functionalities of Umbraco Commerce. You do this from the same CMS, without complex integrations. So you only have to manage your content in one place, which is very convenient! Moreover, you benefit from the SEO benefits of one large website, instead of several small separate websites.
An important advantage of Umbraco is safety, which is due to the underlying technology. The CMS is built on Microsoft's .Net framework. This provides assurance that it is up to date and that immediate action is taken in the event of safety risks. Wordpress offers less stability in this area. Many WordPress websites use free plugins that need to be updated regularly to ensure security. We regularly see that plugins are no longer updated by the developer, making your website more vulnerable to attacks. Umbraco therefore scores many times higher in the areas of safety and stability.
Convinced of the benefits of Umbraco and would you like to know what we can do for you? As a recognized Umbraco partner, we have all the know-how to make your Umbraco website a great success. Please feel free to contact us!