There are roughly 75 million Wordpress websites compared to 30,000 Xperience Kentico websites. However, don't let the popularity of WordPress suggest that it is the right CMS solution for your project. There are a number of important factors you should consider when making a decision between the two content management systems. In this blog, we'll break down the top eight reasons why you should choose Xperience over Wordpress for your next project.
1) Open Source vs Integrated Solution:When deciding between the two CMS's the first thing you should consider is whether or not you want to go with open source solution (WordPress) or go with a Integrated solution (Xperience). Open source means that the code is open to a developer community to build on and the solution is free for anyone to use. This may sound like a great thing, but is leads to reduced flexibility in the CMS. There is an over-reliance on the developer network to produce plugins to fill the functionality gaps, and open source platforms can lack quality control.
Xperience is built by Kentico. It is a commercially supported solution that is an integrated, all-in-one CMS platform. Kentico comes feature rich out of the box with 450 modules incluiding a headless cms option. There is rarely a need to rely on third-party modules. That means you don't have to learn how to use other systems. It’s also less hassle to upgrade to a newer version when the time comes as you don’t need to rely on sourcing upgraded versions of 3rd party Wordpress plugins.
2) Easy to customize:Xperience was created to make customization easy. Rich, complex sites actually take less time to build in Xperience than they do in WordPress. Xperience has been designed from the ground up on the Microsoft MVC development framework to enable extensibility and seamless integration with its RESTful API. There are virtually no limits to what you can build with the Kentico CMS as the engine to power your site.
Xperience is more secure than WordPress. WordPress sites contain several documented security exploits that require additional plugins; Xperience sites are secure right out of the box with a seven-day bug fix policy. It provides enterprise security combined with the latest and most stable MVC framework making it easy to secure.
Xperience was created as an all-in-one digital experience solution; WordPress was not. WordPress wasn't built to accommodate multiple editors working with lots of content. Xperience was built to solve the needs of complex versatile websites. (Remember, Wordpress started as a blogging platform designed to accommodate the goals of the personal blogger.)
4) Not Just a Blog:
WordPress sites with plenty of functionality become increasingly difficult to maintain and edit. An editor often has to go through numerous processes to make what should be a simple update. Xperience offers an massively easier content editing dashboard for its users. The user friendly editing experience follows the same process for the user, regardless of the size or complexity of the site. You’ll always visit the same parts of the administrative area to create new documents, and they’ll all be edited the same way.
5) Content Editing:
Xperience makes it easier to manage media such as photos, videos and documents. The Kentico CMS features a robust built-in media library with an organized folder structure, whereas WordPress lumps your files into month and year folders by default. Updating images that were uploaded more than a month ago in WordPress requires an FTP program.
6) Media management:
Sites built on the Xperience CMS platform are designed to load more quickly than WordPress sites. Xperience’s advanced caching functionality and minimal code loading mean the pages load faster. WordPress doesn't support caching without implementing external plugins, and page loading speed often degrades with the installation of each third-party plugin. With the release of Kentico MVC we are noticing our client websites are routinely scoring straight A’s on Webpagetest.org
Xperience supports General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) right out of the box. Kentico’s Data Protection app is highly customizable to help you comply with even the strictest data protection regulations, such as GDPR and PII. It can handle right to access, data portability and right to be forgotten, and even track the consents on your website, helping you avoid unpleasant fines. Learn more about GDPR for Canadian businesses in our blog.
Don’t just take our word for it. We’ve built over 150 websites on the Kentico Xperience platform and our clients love it!
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