Umbraco vs WordPress

Umbraco vs WordPress

Every day in this generation, everyone who owns a business or just an individual needs a means of
advertising himself to the world. Websites have become one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest means of
digital advertisement. In the past years when the internet was still young, the digital advertisement was not
an easy task as one had to have knowledge in building a website in order to create one for himself, otherwise
hire a web developer. Making these websites go online to the internet, that is hosting, was also a big and
expensive task. But with the growth in technology, digital advertisement became so easy as the creation of
websites and hosting process was simplified. Development of content management systems, CMS, aided so
much in this simplification.

 

CMS is a set of related software applications mostly on the web used to create, edit and publish digital
content.
A CMS provides a user-interface which is divided into content management application, CMA, which is the
editing component and content delivery application, CDA, which is the publishing tool. These tools will
enable even someone without web development skills to create an astonishing website within minutes and
make it available to the internet.
There are different CMS companies which are available today. Different companies come with different
packages, which include the free and paid versions, while some have web hosting packages too. In our
discussion, we will consider Umbraco and WordPress, which are one of the most used CMS.

 

Umbraco

This is an open-source content management system developed in 2000 by Neils Hartvig. By it being opensource
it means that you as a content developer will use its resources and at times host your website without
paying a penny.

Infrastructure

This system which is built using C# programming language has almost half a million websites using it on the
internet with some big brands like Microsoft and Peugeot using it. Its frontend is built upon Microsoft’s
.NET framework, ASP.NET.
For the storage of data, Umbraco provides some databases, which are free to use and host, to choose from.
These relational databases include:
- MySQL
- SQL Server
- SQL Compact Edition

Pricing

Although this system is termed as open-source, there are different packages which offer more products at
some fee billed annually.
The Umbraco Professional and Umbraco Enterprise which is charged to use them offer technical support,
assistance, and additional products as opposed to the Umbraco Free package. read more about the best packages you must have.

Pros of using Umbraco

1. Scheduling of content

With Umbraco, it is easy to create some content today which can be published on another day and time.


2. Multiple packages

Hundreds of free packages from different developers to choose from and install. These packages include free
and premium themes and modules. With the need for little coding, these modules can be integrated easily in
Umbraco’s system.


3. Ease of use
It is simple to navigate through this system since pages are organized in an easy to use navigation structure.
The strong community and forums also make it easy to use this system.


4. Security
Umbraco provides a high level of security. It should be considered when developing websites with sensitive
data.


5. Good Testing and Maintenance
Since Umbraco is developed using a strongly typed high-level language, applications called unit tests have
been developed to ensure on-going maintenance work doesn’t crash your website.


6. powerful cloud hosting provided by Umbraco

your website can scale up to accommodate more customers or more data by the quick upgrade of these servers.


7. SEO Friendly
Websites developed using this tool are most likely to appear on top of search engine since they are optimized
already to be ranked top.


8. Flexible frontend
A starter website is not provided after installation of Umbraco rather a blank canvas is available which
makes one design the frontend to his desire.

Cons of using Umbraco

1. There are no many plugins available for extending the design and functionality of this CMS. A tool such
as SAAS and LESS are not supported and need coding outside the admin tool means you have to set up a task runner within visual studio. 
2. It was mostly created for developers and so the learning curve on how to set it up is a bit steep for those
new to this CMS. This makes it a good CMS for people with some technical development knowledge.

3.cached quite a lot and there is the need to reset the database called    "touch the web.config"

WordPress

This is yet another powerful CMS developed by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little and released in 2003. It is
a free and open source content management system that was first developed as a blogging site but later
evolved to a CMS. With more than 60 million websites using it, WordPress which is based on PHP and
MySQL is considered to be the most popular CMS.
WordPress can be installed on a web server to act as part of the Internet hosting service or as a network host
on a local computer. It is supported by almost all web host since it is developed using PHP and MySQL.
WordPress.org is a website that provides the files to be downloaded if one wished to run a self-hosted
WordPress site while WordPress.com is a hosting company that uses the WordPress CMS to provide for the
blogs it hosts.
Although it can be used to create powerful products like an e-commerce site, this CMS is best suited for
running simple websites or blogs.

Pros of using WordPress

1. Ease of use and set up
Without any technical skills, one can easily set up a website or a blog within minutes. With the big
community support and a lot of tutorials available online, using WordPress will always be easy to learn and
use.


2. Simple to manage
One doesn’t need any programming skills to edit posts, manage user, upload themes and images.


3. Custom design and functionality
A lot of plugins are available on the internet to extend the functionality of WordPress CMS and themes to
improve on the designs.


4. SEO friendly
Certain tools which come with WordPress play a major role in Search Engine Optimization.


5. Low Cost
Only the domain name and hosting plan are paid for. The WordPress software, most of the plugins and
themes are free.

Cons of using WordPress


1. Since there is a starter website provided after installation of WordPress, not much freedom is available
when developing the front-end. This limits the expansion of frontend.


2. The many plugins may make your website load slowly and also pose a security issue. WordPress is
widely used as it is mostly targeted by hackers who create themes and plugins to break into websites.

Conclusion

Based on the kind of website you need, you can choose from either of the two among many CMS. Umbraco
and WordPress both aid with advertising you digitally and both are powerful CMS with different degrees of
strength.
Consider some of the factors; like how secure you need your site to be, the purpose of your website and what
stretch are you willing to go to use any of the two CMS. Anyway, both are awesome tools to get you started
and going on the internet.