Wordpress or something else?
Hi there! WriterGirl & Associates (www.writergirl.com) is updating our website this year. Right now, we use WordPress and have a developer for it, but we're looking into other options. These are: SquareSpace, Drupal and Joomla.
Our goals for the new website would be:
-A sleeker, more contemporary design
-The ability to provide e-commerce options and room to "grow"
Do you think WordPress can still provide these options or should we look for greener pastures? Thanks for your help!
Like Dr. Elcik said, WordPress or WordPress and lastly WordPress. Why are you looking at other solutions? What do they offer that WordPress does not?
I agree with the majority. Keep WordPress and ditch the developer. If you want to do a major upgrade to the site layout and appearance, look at farming it out. That is a one-time cost and the third party should be willing to step in for training your people on maintenance and/or in-house upgrades. I have worked quite a bit with WordPress and have just released a book on WordPress 4 Business Website Redesign and Customization. Developing a partnership with a third party can save money while providing the same amount of customization that you have become accustomed to.
As per your requirements I think WordPress could be a suitable platform as it follows all the mentioned criteria and provides full ease to create one such website on the same. But, I think comparing all the major CMS would certainly provide you with much clear idea about the same. Go through http://dailynulled.com/comparison-different-cms-wordpress-vs-joomla-vs-drupal/ and choose the best suitable one for your site.
Everyone is screaming WP here, but am I hearing a pain that you may not want to keep a developer on staff?
Personally, when it comes to websites, I advise businesses to choose the option that they're willing to invest time owning (understanding) how to manage the content themselves. If Squarespace/Wix/Joomla/etc gives you that leverage to start, then go for what works for you. WP is the best total solution for the long term with unlimited flexibility for the future, but if you don't understand exactly how and what your developer is doing then what happens if he hits the lottery tomorrow?
The saying goes: "If you don't have a website, you don't have a business." You have one. Do you know it like you should? Can you up and make changes right now if necessary?
I choose Squarespace until you can learn/master WordPress.
My 2 cents.
In my experience WordPress works fine for smaller, simpler sites, but falls short when it comes to e-commerce. I've built many sites, including e-commerce sites using Joomla as a base.
Because of the large number of extensions, many with quality support, I have found few tasks that could not be done fairly easily under Joomla. There are quite a few e-commerce extensions available that integrate seamlessly into a Joomla site. Joomla is also easily extensible for special needs.
There are many templates available, and many template developers available to create just the look, feel, and user experience you want.
Joomla plus the virtud martes extensión would be the greenest pastures.
Hi Jessica, all the platforms you mentioned would offer great results for the outputs you require. This obviously depends on your developers skills.
Please take into account that there are not many developers out there that are also good with SEO and eCommerce solutions or UX. You might want to consider adding some additional staff or outsource professionals for specific aspects that you need help on.
Best with the update and feel free to ask should you require advice.
I have developed my own website for my consulting business (www.taligo.com). I have the next two generations of improvement fairly well thought out.
I experimented with Drupal, Joomla, WordPress.org (not WordPress.com) before deciding on WordPress with Headway (headwaythemes.com). If you use a complex theme from Headway or one of its competitors you will be paying more; for Headway, $50 plus per year. You also have the issue of whether or not you will need to write custom code.
I wanted to avoid the need for custom code such as CSS, HTML, etc. With Headway I supposedly can avoid writing in CSS; but, it depends. Plus the learning curve to use the Headway features that allow you to bypass needing CSS is painful. So, if I had planned what I wanted more extensively before I started; a developer based approach might well have been better.
I also wanted access to a large "inventory" of stable things like widgets. WordPress has this; the widgets are of varying quality and compatibility. I currently use 6 and will be adding more this quarter.
So, as someone with simple requirements, who does not want to go back to writing code; I see WordPress as the better of the available evils. I see the Drupal-Joomla-WordPress arguments and the premium theme competitor arguments as being similar to arguments about religion. I have not seen a comparative evaluation that seemed truly unbiased.
I am involved with a 200 member association that converted its somewhat complex website from custom code to WordPress. Development took 2 years with a part time effort. Our volunteer WordPress developer ended up writing a good bit of custom code to get the special database features to work. So, changing developers in the future will be non-trivial. This would also be true with Drupal or Joomla.
E-commerce options can easily be attached to your Website at a later date. So I would not worry about that until you have the requirement. The primary reason for using WordPress, Drupal and so forth is to provide you with an engine which you can use to manage the content on your Website.
With any of the engines you have mentioned you can add a mobile website. This is just a case of detecting the mobile device and then taking it to the mobile web pages. So once again, you don't really need to worry about that until you want to provide a mobile website.
Strong SEO is a case of working with your content, linkage strategies and so on. So none of the content engines you have mentioned are going to stop you from creating a well optimised website.
And, yet again, if you want a sleeker more contemporary design then none of thee engines will interfere with that also.
Nothing wrong with any of these engines that you mentioned and I see no reason for you to move away from Wordpress. You can meet your goals with Wordpress and since you are already using it then you should continue to do so.
What does matter is the designers and developers you have working on your Website to get what you want.
Stay with wordpress and ensure that the people you have hired to do the job can deliver to your goals.
For what it's worth I'd keep away from hosted solutions such as SquareSpace. You have zero webserver control and I'm guessing that your developer will be banging their head against a wall with the imposed framework and code restrictions.
Joomla? A very solid CMS with a great amount of flexibility and a pretty large dev community, However in my opinion usability is more clunky than WordPress.
Drupal: A fantastic CMS that's ideal for multinational, enterprise-class sites or ones doing large-scale eCommerce. Extremely powerful, but requires a decently-spec web server to shine, and be prepared for a steep development learning curve. If you're not a Fortune500 company, you probably don't need Drupal.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it." If WordPress is doing all you want today, then stick with it.