When it comes to deciding on the right platform for blogging, many of us go with WordPress. It’s simple and easy to manage, among other advantages. Matrix Group, has built a number of blogs and websites using this platform.
Recently, we’ve also launched a few blogs in Sitefinity for clients whose main websites were built using that content management system, instead of automatically choosing to go with WordPress.
If we were to choose one blogging platform, which would we consider the better one…or would we?
In the battle of the blogging platforms, we asked two of our experts at Matrix Group, Craig Odar, Senior Developer and Sitefinity Product Manager, and Roger Vandawalker, Senior Front End Developer, about the pros and cons of both CMSs
Pros and Cons of Sitefinity
If your current website is in Sitefinity, there are some clear advantages of having your blog also in the CMS. “Sitefinity has a lot going for it – it supports a rich taxonomy and an out-of-the box workflow and it has other compelling not blog specific features like responsive templates and a flexible layout system,” says Craig.
Other pros include:
- Blog posts will share the same taxonomy as the rest of your content and it gives you opportunities to blend blog posts with other content for taxonomy driven pages
- And, content providers don’t have to learn two systems.
“Setting up a new blog also requires very little setup and there are no new interfaces to learn,” says Roger.
Of course, like any other product, there are a few disadvantages to having your blog in Sitefinity. The CMS has limited functionality for an out-of-the-box blog, and anything beyond a title, body copy, tags and categories will require the assistance of a developer—so keep that in mind when determining the elements for your blog.
Pros and Cons of WordPress
WordPress was built as a blogging platform originally and because of this, it does blogging very well.
“It’s insanely easy to extend with plugins and can be pretty customizable by just tinkering with a few configurations,” says Roger.
Plus, WordPress has an active community that the plugins and the platform are updated frequently, making it great for security purposes. Unfortunately, this does pose a bit of a maintenance challenge. Those using WordPress will have to update to the latest version on a monthly basis. Plugins need to be updated more often.
Who’s the Winner
In the battle of the blogging platforms, there are both advantages and disadvantages of each platform. Many people are familiar with WordPress and are fairly comfortable with adding new content, plugins, etc based on their needs.
While Sitefinity has some limitations, the blog’s content shares the same taxonomy as the rest of the website, providing rich content for your users. So, if you’re setting up a blog as part of a larger site hosted in Sitefinity, then it makes sense to keep the blog with the rest of the content.
So, at the end of it all, both platforms are great blogging, but when it comes to deciding which platform is best for you, you need to think about which elements you want to include on the blog itself. With this in mind, you’ll be able to make a decision.