WordPress was unveiled almost 14 years ago. It has now grown into a very versatile platform that powers everything from cooking recipe blogs to corporate web portals to huge eCommerce stores. Even Matt Mullenweg did not imagine this much growth when he launched WordPress in 2003.
However, all the success and glory of the WordPress comes at a price. It has become too ungainly and complex. In addition, the size and complication of the platform means that the number of security vulnerabilities is on the rise. Another important aspect of this scenario is the fact that beginners and lay users now find WordPress to be a tough nut to crack.
These issues pave way for alternate platforms that claim to offer simpler and less cluttered approach to blogging and website management. Many experts now claim that several of the newcomers could potentially give WordPress a run for their money. These are no empty threats to the WordPress dominance. Already, Wix has 90 million users (the platform was launched in 2006) and Drupal is powering over 1,000,0000 websites including Twitter and Pinterest.
I think it is safe to say that right now, WordPress is very comfortable on the throne!
Why You Might Need a WordPress Alternative?
Many WordPress enthusiasts and users would balk at the idea of WordPress alternative. To them, WordPress is the perfect tool for the job at hand. However, all is not that well with the WordPress. Here are three areas where WordPress has started to slip behind the competition.
WordPress now powers approximately 74,652,825 websites. This makes it susceptible to attacks and data breaches. Very recently, millions of websites were hit by an attack that resulted in alteration and removal of website content. This was due to a minor security flaw in WordPress 4.7.1.
For beginners, WordPress is the perfect platform for the blog or the website. However, as projects grow beyond the initial phases, many users start to realize that working with WordPress could be difficult without certain skills. Essentially, you have to be a PHP developer (or hire one) to edit or alter various functional and cosmetic elements of the platform.
Bug-Riddled Plugins and Themes
Aside from the work of several top of the line developers and agencies, the majority of the themes and plugins for WordPress has substandard code. The result is frequent functional issues that result in website downtime. Another very frightening issue is the intentional and unintentional security problems that stem directly from faulty themes and plugins.
What are your choices?
No, I am not overly excited to include Joomla in this article. The exclamation mark is how they write Joomla. Joomla is part of the Big Three of the CMS world that include WordPress Joomla! And Drupal. Like WordPress, Joomla is open source and is based on user-contributed code. Joomla is designed for developers who can work with code. In effect, It is not the best choice for a newbie who requires constant hand holding and a page builder.
The theme directory, while not as extensive as other CMS, is completely free. Same deal goes for the add-ons as well. The Joomla community is pretty active and you can find solutions to your problems from the various forum and blogs.
Launched in 2001 by Dries Buytaert, Drupal is third member of Big Three. With over 15 million downloads, it is ready to take over the world. This is the CMS for developers who like to dive into the development process and deal with the code related complexities.
Drupal does not need a boatload of resources so it is ideal for low resource environments where it results in blazing fast websites..
There are more than 45,000 free plugins for Drupal that customize all aspects of the CMS. The plugins could be further modified for customized functionality. This is ideal for developers who could dive deep into the CMS core code to extend the platform for their particular need.
Despite the competition, WordPress continues to be the best open source content management system out there. WordPress is trusted by more than 90 million people around the world and this number will remain unaffected as long as no other platform offers the unique mix of speed and functionality.
And don’t forget: WordPress is not easy, it’s a user friendly