Migrating from one content management system to another comes with a lot of considerations. These include things like ease of use, price, scalability and so much more.
Currently, there are a lot of top content management systems dominating the online market. This can make it hard to choose the best platform for your business.
If you’ve chosen SilverStripe but are rethinking your options, here’s why you might want to migrate to WordPress.
More About WordPress And SilverStripe
Compared to WordPress, SilverStripe is relatively new and not nearly as big. However, SilverStripe is not merely a content management system, but a whole framework that facilitates a lot of potential growth opportunities. It also offers development versatility and many tools that allow you to get your website up and running in no time.
WordPress, on the other hand, is a simple yet powerful platform. It powers about a third of websites on a global scale and is suited to those that are both new and experienced in website building. Although the platform originated as a blogging site, it now offers an array of customizable tools. These truly allow you to put your company on the map.
Both of these content management systems seem to stack up well against each other. But, there are significant differences between the two that could impact your online success.
The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using SilverStripe CMS
SilverStripe offers a lot of developmental versatility and has a really user-friendly back-end admin interface. In all fairness, this content management system will be able to give you a really solid platform to work with. However, there are also some downsides to take note of.
Compared to WordPress, SilverStripe is still relevantly new. As such, it has limited documentation to work with. This may negatively affect users in a number of ways, starting with a lack of understanding of the platform and little to no general support and guidance in making the most of your website.
This problem is fuelled by the fairly small following that the platform has. This translates into little information about the content management system being freely available online.
Lastly, it is important to note that this platform is more suited to experienced users, like developers. As such, most of its power and functionality is not readily apparent or accessible for new users to customize.
However, if you have a developer on your team, they will most likely be able to find his or her way around the platform relatively easily.
SilverStripe has lots of useful templates and modules available to its users. But, when compared to WordPress, the platform doesn’t quite measure up. For one, it doesn’t have as many modules to work with and also doesn’t offer such powerful, free, and intuitive SEO features compared to WordPress.
The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using WordPress
WordPress has come a long time since its inception. These days, it is seen as one of the best content management systems around, and for good reason. Compared to most platforms, you will be hard-pressed to find a more affordable software.
Since it is open-source, it is completely free to use, which means anyone on any budget can use it to create a website for their business.
Secondly, WordPress is extremely adaptable and can be used for almost any type of website imaginable. In fact, it is at an advantage because of its well-known blogging roots. However, you can use the platform for much more, including for portfolios, e-commerce, membership sites, chatrooms, non-profit websites, auction sites, job boards, and much more.
It is also fairly easy to master. As such, is versatile enough to accommodate both novice and expert web designers. Its user base isn’t limited by premium customer support or skill level and it offers a range of learning pathways via online sources and documentation that will make your learning experience hassle-free.
It also offers various ways in which you can up-scale your website by using various themes and plugins. Many of these themes and plugins are completely free of charge. However, you can also custom-design any theme of your choice if you have the budget for it.
One of the drawbacks of using WordPress is that, although using the platform is free, you will still have to carry some of the hosting costs. Also, despite the ease of use, some web developers do prefer other content management systems for various technical reasons.
Although SilverStripe CMS can pack quite a punch when it comes to building an impressive website, it doesn’t hold a candle to many of the benefits that WordPress offers its users. When it comes to usability, price, free tools, and themes, WordPress is miles ahead of the competition.
Need more proof? Take a look at this case study about how moving from SilverStripe to WordPress helped GLY improve the performance of their site.
So, if you’re ready to migrate, contact WordHerd for more information.