If you want to start a new website, but you are still on the fence about the CMS you want to use to build it, then this article was written for you. In this guide, I will compare Umbraco against WordPress to help you make your choice.
What is Umbraco And WordPress?
Umbraco is a content management solution (CMS) built using the Microsoft stack of technologies. WordPress is a PHP-based blogging platform. Both programs are open source and free to use for personal, or commercial use.
Blog or Website
WordPress is a great choice for blogs and if that is the only thing your website will be providing then WordPress is probably the strong candidate. On the other hand, if you want to create a complex website, with a deep page navigation structure with advanced editor options to allow content editors that ability to alter the website, then Umbraco, in my opinion, is the clear leader. If you look at big enterprise level organizations, there is a very good reason why a vast majority of them use Microsoft backed CMS solutions. From my experience, over a certain number of web pages WordPress does not work very well.
If you want to create a more bespoke website with a custom design from scratch then Umbraco is probably the easiest choice. Like anything you have custom made, it will cost you more money. The great thing with Umbraco is you can customize a lot of it within Umbraco yourself without having to download a new theme or plug-in.
Both programs are open and free to use. A lot of websites might say that WordPress is slightly cheaper, due to hosting costs, but nowadays with hosting providers like, www.arvixe.com, which provides hosting for as little as $5 dollars a month for an Umbraco website so that argument is pretty obsolete.
If you are reading this article, then there’s a good chance you are not a developer. Most developers will tend to favour a website platform that matches their abilities. If you are creating a website from scratch and need to hire people, then WordPress or Umbraco developers will be roughly the same to hire.
WordPress and Umbraco both come with themes and modules you can install to do a lot of common website features. WordPress definitely has the edge in the amount of plug-in’s and themes that are available. With WordPress, there are over 10,000 free and premium themes and 30,000+ plugins to enhance the core functionality of your site. On the other hand, from my own personal experience with WordPress, it’s usually these free plug-in and themes which are the root cause of some of my websites being exploited by hackers. The Umbraco community does provide a limited number of modules but compared to Umbraco loses out. On the other hand, the Umbraco back-end makes creating modules so easy a lot of these plug-ins can be done directly in Umbraco without the need for coding or external plug-ins.
Ease Of Use
Again, I think this comes down to if you are running a blog or a website. If you have a lot of web pages and blog posts the WordPress back-end is a bit clunky. As Umbraco organizes pages in an easy to use page navigation structure, it’s really simple to navigate. Both products back-end admin editing screens are pretty simple and easy to get to grips with.
Security should be a key factor in any online CMS and this is where Umbraco clearly wins. As WordPress is so widely used and so many ‘FREE’ plug-ins and themes exist, it is very easy for your website to be very vulnerable to attack. As WordPress is so widely used it is also the one that is most targetted by hackers. If you work with sensitive data, or you just don’t want to worry your website might get hacked, then Umbraco is the easy winner. (For the record I’ve had 8 WordPress sites that have been compromised over the years, compared to 0 for Umbraco)
Umbraco has 150+ in-depth video tutorials all for FREE. Umbraco also has a brilliant community forum that will get you the answers you need.
WordPress has the bigger community, but the problem with WordPress is the entry level to start working on WordPress is a lot less than it is for Umbraco. From my time with WordPress, I’ve had several occasions where the forum advice might have solved the problem at hand but wasn’t considered best practice.
If you care about your brand or product then when you deploy your website you will want to know that it works. This is where PHP and WordPress fall down. Microsoft’s programming language is a strongly typed programming language. This means developers can create things called unit tests to ensure on-going maintenance work doesn’t break your site. If you are selling e-commerce products for example, if you update a plug-in there is no guarantee that your whole website will break. With Umbraco, you can write tests against work to make sure it all works.
If you build a website that gains a lot of popularity and you need to quickly upgrade your servers to deal with bigger capacity, then the Microsoft stack wins. One of the reasons big companies pay extra expense is because they know reputation is one of the most important things that affects a business.
WordPress is a great fit for small/medium level websites. If you want to start dealing with 100,000 of customers, load balancers and cloud hosting then Umbraco wins hands down.
WordPress and Umbraco are very different animals. I’ve been building websites for over a decade using a variety of CMS products. I’ve built sites in Umbraco and WordPress and they both do different things and are suited to different tasks. In a lot of big household name corporations that I’ve worked with, they have used a CMS like Umbraco for the website and WordPress for the blog.
If you want to build a blog then I don’t think anyone can say WordPress has more popularity and themes/plug-ins available. If you want to build a website then Umbraco is probably a better choice. At the smaller scale of the website spectrum, the differences are smaller, at the larger end of the scale you can’t really open source free WordPress plug-ins and themes so you loose the benefit of the WordPress community.
Another issue I’ve seen a few times with WordPress is it’s great to start off with, but then falls over when the site gets more complex. In these instances, a lot of companies spend a huge amount of money rebuilding their websites. If they had used Umbraco in the first place this massive re-build project won’t be required so IMHO Umbraco is the best choice in terms of predicting the future.
Start an Umbraco Site Today
All you need is SiteGround, which costs $3.95 a month. The best time to start a website is today. Why? You want to start ranking on Google as soon as possible. It’s going to take time to rank better and Google needs to know your site. I guarantee that you are going to wish that you had started sooner. It is going to take 5 minutes to create a WordPress site. See for yourself!
- Visit Arvixe To Get $5 A Month Hosting
- Choose the hosting plan
- Create a domain name
- Fill out your details
- Choose the Umbraco option from Arvixe
- Fill in your login info
- Wait For Arvixe To Install Umraco For you