Wordpress: Lotta options for not a lotta dough
April 05, 2021

Wordpress: Lotta options for not a lotta dough

Michael Santangelo | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with WordPress

WordPress is used by certain departments to publish their monthly newsletters. In this regard, it works very well - it's straightforward for users to use and it's even easier for us to implement. I have also recommended it to other people outside of our organization for use for their side-businesses because it's easy to secure, easy to add add-in products, and simple to write pages for. They do frequent security updates and so long as you're willing to keep up with the maintenance (once a month) it'll serve you well. The interface to write and design pages is very straightforward. They have a wide variety of free (and also paid-for) templates to design your page, but also supports custom written templates for pages. This makes it exceptionally extensible and customizable for almost every situation you can come up with. It allows departments to be responsible for their own pages, so Tech Staff aren't constantly updating webpages for other people. It certainly helps to free up Tech Staff time and also encourages people to be responsible for their own content.
  • Web Page Customization - Allows our users to make and present content how they want to.
  • Information Dispersal - Allows people outside the organization to see content easily.
  • Security - If you're willing to run the updates and commit to best-practices, it's very secure.
  • Backups - Backup functionality has largely been considered an add-on. It should really be built into the product from the get go.
  • Walkthroughs - For new people it can take some getting used to. The product should have guides built in. They're available online but it can take some digging.
  • Positive: Frees tech staff from being responsible for webpage updating.
  • Positive: Can be run very easily out of the box with minimal configuration.
  • Positive: Very extensible with already available add-ons
  • Negative: Can be insecure if setup incorrectly
Wix was considered but was then rejected once we realized we could not self-host. WordPress allows self-hosting, while Wix does not.

Joomla was considered but required much more technical experience on behalf of the people who would be posting content. WordPress is much easier for people who just need to get information out there to use. There is basically no learning curve.

Drupal has a small following for themes, as is the add-on market. It's not great for basic sites and blogs, so while we were considering it we found WordPress to be better in most of these regards. There is also a kind-of-steep learning curve to Drupal.

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Well Suited
  • Product / Information Announcements - Can have comments which encourages feedback.
  • Blogging - Super simple and easy to setup a blog format.
  • Digital Portfolios for Students - Very easy to configure multiple users to allow them to post/edit their own content.
  • Digital Newsletters - Multiple staff can edit the same posting allowing lots of feedback and input for subjects before (and after) posting.
  • Small-to-Medium End User Base - Works well in most situations.
Poorly Suited
  • Large End User Base - Can get bogged down in high-use situations, will require redundancy or extra compute capacity.
  • Pasting Existing Content - It doesn't work great if you're trying to post existing content from say Word files - a lot of extraneous things get added.
  • Updating - Themes/Extensions/Apps can break unexpectedly as a result of updates. You need to be cautious.

WordPress Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
Code quality / cleanliness
Admin section
Page templates
Library of website themes
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Publishing workflow
Form generator
Not Rated
Content taxonomy
SEO support
Bulk management
Availability / breadth of extensions
Community / comment management
Not Rated
Internationalization / multi-language
Role-based user permissions