Azaris

Website Design & Development

27
Apr

WordPress vs. Vortex CMS

WordPress is a popular blogging platform that can be extended using “plugins” to provide the ability to manage your entire website.

However, we have found that using WordPress to manage your website is like taking a toaster, finding a bunch of other appliances, combining them together until you have a spaceship and hoping it flies.

So unless you have a very basic website or want to setup a blog, we do not recommend WordPress. 

What we do recommend is Vortex CMS, a platform that was created specifically for maintaining simple to complex websites, not just a blog, which provides a much faster and easier way to develop and maintain your site.

Comparison

WordPress

Vortex CMS

Easy to Use for Full Website Management

No

Yes

Easy to Customize

No

Yes

Supports Structured Content (i.e. Catalogues)

No

Yes

Fully Customizable Photo Galleries with Cropping

No

Yes

Easy Linking to Internal Pages and Files

No

Yes

Multi-Folder Resource Management

No

Yes

Drag and Drop Sorting

No

Yes

Instantaneously Fast Loading

No

Yes

Search Engine Optimization Capabilities

No

Yes

Email Account Management

No

Yes

Website Statistics

No

Yes

Contact Management

No

Yes

Mass Emailing

No

Yes

Ecommerce

No

Yes

Includes Website Hosting

No

Yes

Includes Unlimited Support

No

Yes

Includes Ongoing Security Updates

No

Yes

Includes Ongoing Feature Improvements

No

Yes

Average Setup Cost

$1,000-$5,000

$1,000-$5,000

Average Monthly Cost (Support, Security Updates, Upgrades)

$90-$170/month

$50-$100/month

Although some of the features WordPress is missing can be handled with “plugins” they take much longer to find, configure and integrate with your website than Vortex and have so many features it takes someone very experienced in websites to understand it all.   

The ongoing costs of having WordPress is also slightly higher in our experience since although WordPress is free it still requires someone to maintain it and support it, which WordPress doesn’t provide for free.  It needs regular attention to keep ahead of all the security loop holes caused by the mishmash of plugins and open source code.

I asked Howard what he thinks about setting up WordPress for our customers:

“I don't see a point in using Wordpress since it's less convenient for the customer (loads slower, too many unneeded / confusing features), and we would just be trying to hack together a less integrated version of Vortex in the end.” 

Ultimately WordPress is a publishing platform best suited to blogs and simple content websites. 

To discuss the options or to see a live demonstration between WordPress and Vortex CMS please contact us.

Posted by Robert

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