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Alion | Why our clients choose Umbraco CMS over WordPress

Why our clients choose Umbraco CMS over WordPress

Alion blog author

Robbert Vroegindeweij

13 December 2019

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Choosing a Content Management System that fits your wishes can be quite a challenge. Because everyone knows the name WordPress, we are often asked to build a WordPress site. But when we subsequently introduce Umbraco, we see that our customers fall in love with this open source CMS. Just like we did! In this blog post, we illustrate five important questions as to why we advise Umbraco over WordPress.

How user-friendly do you want your CMS to be?

First and foremost: in many CMSs' 'everything is possible'. Similarly in Wordpress and Umbraco. Whatever you require, it can be implemented without problems in both platforms. The most important question after that is: "how easy is it to use the implemented CMS to maintain and further develop your site?".

If you want to make the trade-off between WordPress and Umbraco, you must first of all consider that WordPress was originally intended for blogs. If you want to manage a medium-sized site, keeping an overview is quickly a point where WordPress drops into user-unfriendliness. Umbraco, on the other hand, is fully set up to act as a CMS. The "editor experience" is number 1 at Umbraco and you can see that in a well-arranged page structure and an editor that works so intuitively that training is unnecessary in many cases. For content managers (and editors), this is a relief.

Umbraco is gebruiksvriendelijk

Another example of the many user-friendly standard options from Umbraco: the fact that after uploading one image you can directly choose from various cut-outs. They have been determined in advance in order to fit perfectly into your website design. Or the possibility that you have to build your pages in predefined blocks, so that you not only maintain your site, but can really continue to develop as a content editor without needing a developer for every different layout.

How safe do you want your CMS to be?

At this point, WordPress simply has the misfortune of being so well known and widely used. This makes WordPress an interesting target for hackers: it is the most hacked CMS. If a security breach is found in the heart of the system, WordPress usually comes up with a solution quickly, but it requires that you often have to have updates carried out.

However, the greatest risk is in the many available plug-ins. An average WordPress site quickly needs many plug-ins to fulfill the function of a full-fledged CMS. Think of contact forms, plugins for multilingualism, SEO tools, a Twitter feed or a custom 404 page. The quality of the plug-ins used often determines the weakest point of your CMS. Not all plug-ins are maintained in the same manner, and it can take a long time before weak spots in the code are fixed. That risk is not acceptable to everyone.

Umbraco scores better here. The risk of unsafe plug-ins (Umbraco calls them "packages") is, to begin with, smaller, because you need virtually no extensions for good basic functionality. The CMS offers a search function, multilingualism, forms and even powerful workflow functions as standard.

In addition, the system itself is already less often the target of hackers (although this is of course a matter of time due to the rising popularity). But there are more reasons to trust Umbraco. The underlying Microsoft technology adds many security aspects. Standard solutions are available in the .NET framework that prevent the top 10 security risks (OWASP). Of course, Umbraco must also be kept up-to-date. But if we realize your site in Umbraco Cloud, it won't take much time. Most maintenance is even automatic.

Fast, faster or fastest loading time?

Umbraco is super fast. Two important points ensure this. In the first place, it is due to the speed of the .NET framework. In addition, as mentioned, Umbraco needs fewer extra plug-ins to achieve the same as WordPress. In many cases, plug-ins make your website slower. It may not always be apparent, but Google notices everything. A faster site is therefore not only nice for your users, but also good for your SEO ranking.

How important are extra functions and links?

When it comes to links with other systems, Umbraco is a relief (though that's more of a developer thing). It is of course not impossible in WordPress, but it is labor intensive - if you can get the right expert. Umbraco works on the flexible .NET Framework and therefore links with Microsoft technology (think of LDAP and ActiveDirectory) are well 'understood' by Umbraco. Via SOAP and ASP.NET Web API, the way is open to extensive integrations with Sharepoint, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Salesforce, etc. From lead scoring applications to single sign-on options with Azure ActiveDirectory.

What about support?

This point is certainly not unimportant when comparing WordPress and Umbraco. Where can you go with questions? If something unexpectedly goes wrong, you want your site to be up and running again quickly. WordPress has no official support channel or customer service. Your site builder knows a lot, but he or she must also look for a solution online in the event of a malfunction. How does that work at Umbraco and at Alion? Our Umbraco specialists know the answer to most customer questions and are real troubleshooters.

But there is also a complete support team at the Umbraco headquarters (Odense, Denmark). We know the people of Umbraco personally, and we regularly catch up with them at Umbraco events, such as the annual event of the Dutch Umbraco User Group (www.duug.nl) to which Alion is affiliated. Together with Umbraco headquarters we ensure, as they call it at Umbraco itself, guaranteed peace of mind for everyone who chooses Umbraco!

 

Does Umbraco suit your needs?

Hopefully this article helps to form a better picture of Umbraco compared to Wordpress. Do you think that Umbraco fits your wishes? Then let's get acquainted and discuss your specific case! Then we immediately walk through the CMS together. Please contact me: [email protected] or +31 (0) 15 219 1660.

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