If you’re looking to build a website for your business, you’ll likely be choosing between building the site on a Content Management System (CMS) using Open Source, a paid/proprietary product or a SaaS solution. We’re ignoring the second here as the differences too specific for a single article to fully explain.
This leaves us with the two common approaches of Open Source vs proprietary SaaS. We would like to compare this approach using WordPress and DevHub along the following areas:
1) Ease of Use
If you’re not a developer, you need to choose a tool with a friendlier learning curve. It may not be the cheapest or the one with the most features, but you’re choosing something you will be comfortable using. No point in choosing a complex platform with thousands of useful features, but it will require you to fork out extra cash to hire a developer.
When it comes to ease of use, both WordPress and DevHub excel, but the former is easier to use by individuals compared to DevHub. This is because WordPress can suit just about anyone requiring a modern web presence for their business. DevHub generally works well with for global agencies, technology providers and digital agencies. It may not be your cup of tea if you have no technical background.
You may have found or built the best content management system, but it will be of no use if it doesn’t fit in your budget. This is especially the case if you’re running a small business that may not have many resources to channel to website development and marketing. Large corporations may have fewer problem with pricing since they can pay whatever cost to lay their hands on the best CMS platform for use across multiple properties.
Both choices here technically have free versions for hosting a website. However, the real cost completely depends on if you are able to fit your site(s) within a structure of features determined by other customers or if you have specific requirements that require more advanced integrations or customizations.
3) Integration With Third-Party Marketing Apps
You would appreciate a CMS platform that makes it easy for you to integrate multiple third-party marketing applications to boost your marketing strategy. This is important because it can help you reach a wider audience, make more leads, and possibly more conversions, and help you stay afloat in the highly competitive business world.
WordPress excels on this front because it allows you to connect to third-party applications easily, so you can extend your WordPress site in many new and cool ways. You can view your connected applications, and even revoke those that have outlived their usefulness at the click of a button. DevHub, on the other hand, often requires a professional web developer to fiddle around with HTML codes in order to add more functionality to the site.
The security of your website is as important as the profitability of your business. Any breach on your webpage could have disastrous effects on the continuity and performance of your business. You need a CMS platform that would give you the peace of mind to focus on the growth of your business, rather than having to constantly look over your shoulder.
Both WordPress and DevHub offer a certain level of security, but you would need to take precautionary measures yourself with WordPress as you will likely have full control depending on the host you chose. However WordPress makes it easy to implement various reliable security strategies for your site. Here are some tips:
- Install a WordPress security plugin
- Choose a reputable hosting company
- Limit login attempts to the very minimum
- Use strong password
- Stay away from nulled themes
WordPress vs DevHub: The Bottom line
Each platform is solid in its own right, and you may be forgiven to be at a loss as to which to choose. It may boil down to your specific needs, and how you envision using your website in the future. Many of the companies we work with chose Open Source technologies because they want the freedom and control to shape their brand as they see fit.
The ease of use, wide scope of third-party marketing applications integration, and the fact that WordPress can be cheaper to run and maintain, makes it the better choice for your business website. We at Ndevr can help you make the best out of WordPress for your business website. If you need more information on how to leverage WordPress for your website, please contact us today.