Different platforms have been introduced in market for web design and web development and with WordPress theme development both are mandatory for a nice looking and rich featured website.
Before wordPress was introduced in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, It was never been easy for a layman to make his website customize in an efficient way. Developers have made it reach to the end user’s hand to make it customized and to make relevant changes according to your own business or personal usage.
As time changes modern frameworks started emerging, giving wordpress a tough competition, though demand for wordpress themes haven’t decreased and is being widely used. Marketplaces like ThemeForest, mojothemes contains abundant of wordpressthemes. Genesis framework is popular for their child themes. Well, demand for wordpress themes is increasing day by day and many developers and companies have focused their development processes only in wordpress.
Many companies have developed their own standards for theme development and this market is growing very fast. Developers have created many frameworks to make theme development more efficient and convenient like Canvas, Gantry, Genesis, ithemesBuilder, Roots and Theisis. As wordpress introduced first, It was only focused on blog development but as time changes developers have seen it a convenient way to use it as a woo commerce and many plugins came across that made wordPress emerged deeper in modern development sector. Let us examine wordPress with other frameworks that are used and preferred on wordPress.
Joomla CMS was introduced in 2005. Unlike wordPress Joomla don’t have a user friendly admin panel and is more complex and time taking to completely understand, though it has a nice menu structure as compared to wordPress. Like wordPress Joomla also have a huge library of plugins available for many functional requirements. Still Joomla is more preferable in many development sectors and has been nominated for many awards since then.
Joomla comes with the capability to make multilingual website without any plugins but with wordPress you have to rely on plugins.
Drupal is described as both web application framework and content management system. As compared to wordPress Drupal’s backend is more complicated and complex. With wordPress you can create a blog or website without any coding knowledge but it is not the same with Drupal. Customization is relatively easier in wordPress as it offers a huge range of plugins, though Drupal provides these functionalities with modules but limited functionality is available for free.
wordPress also have a huge developer community and help is available easily. With security perspective Drupal is more secure than wordPress as wordPress sites can easily be hacked. That is the reason behind the use of Drupal for government websites. With development perspective it is difficult to find a Drupal developer who has a vast knowledge in this area.
Magento just like wordPress is an open source ecommerce platform. Magento is popular among business domains as it is more secure than wordPress. If you want your site to have more complex and rich functionalities then Magento is preferable. To integrate a shopping cart solution Magento has built in facility to accommodate it, well it can be achieved through plugin integration in wordPress too. Magento requires a skill and knowledge level to get more of it as compared to wordPress.
It is best option to integrate payment gateways. If you want to sell bulk of products then Magento is preferred on wordPress. Magento comes with two editions The Enterprise Edition and Community Edition. The Enterprise Edition is best for large and fast growing business needs and Community edition is best for small business owners.
Like Magento Shopify is also an ecommerce solution. It is easy to start like in a couple of minutes you start selling your product. It lets you create your ecommerce store without any need of designer or developer and no coding skills are required though. Like wordPress it is free to use as it costs from 14$ to 79$ a month. It contains a variety of design options and customer support is available for your help.
They have a limited range of plugins to have help for shipping purposes. You are not required SSL for your Shopify theme as with wordPress you have to buy it. For SEO purposes wordPress is better and can be easily done with plugins. wordPress is good option for blogging purposes as it has design variations and with Shopify you don’t have lot of options.
Squarespace is another platform being used nowadays. Though wordPress is supported with lot of plugins. There comes poorly managed plugins which may cause cross browser conflicts and can even crash your website. With everything is monitored and controlled in a tested environment so you can manage your site with ease.
Squarespace provides drag and drop tools to build your site in no time, well with wordPress it is time taking to learn and completely understand the development process.
There are some restrictions for customizing your website but wordPress comes with huge customization options.
With wordPress you need to update your theme and plugins to make them compatible with your site as they update wordPress gradually for bugs and security purposes. With Squarespace all updates are done automatically.