Why choose WordPress over Hubspot, Joomla, Blogger and Drupal?
There are a lot of choices for webmasters when they’re deciding on what platform to build off of. Should you use Blogger, Drupal, Joomla, Hubspot, or WordPress? The possibilities are practically endless and the choices seem to overwhelm all but the savviest of webmasters. However, with just a little bit of critical analysis, they don’t have to overwhelm you!
This platform is designed to be an all-in-one marketing and website tool for small businesses. While it boasts an impressive amount of features and services, it tries to be too much to too many people. When you don’t differentiate yourself in the marketplace, you run the risk of trying to appeal to everyone.
When trying to appeal to everyone you end up appealing to no one. This is the problem that HubSpot is trying to combat right now. Take a pass on HubSpot, at least until they figure out how to differentiate their product a bit more.
Joomla has been out for a while now and is typically considered a major competitor to WordPress. However, when you look at the usage trends over time, it’s clear that Joomla is on a downward spiral.
When you have a CMS user base that keeps dwindling, it’s best to jump ship before you’re the only one left. This is the case with Joomla and we would strongly advise staying away from it as a CMS choice.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, practically everything said about Joomla above applies equally to Drupal. There aren’t enough users anymore to warrant hopping into the platform. This is especially true if you’re starting a new website and not simply deciding if you want to stay with Drupal.
We can understand if it’s harder to switch when you’re already using the platform, but there should be no excuse for choosing it right out of the gate.
The Blogger platform was so successful that Google actually purchased it for a large sum of money. However, their time is over. Unless you’re planning to run a simple personal blog and want a very easy setup, there is no reason to ever use Blogger. It’s not very flexible, meaning that you really can’t customize it to your own needs.
On top of that, it’s built on a subdomain so you don’t even get the benefit of having control over your domain name.
The simple solution is to move to WordPress, the most flexible, popular, and customizable content management system that has ever been created. While you’re free to make whatever choice you want, WordPress is by far the best CMS decision we’ve ever made and we feel very strongly that it will be for you as well.
Using Plugins to Enhance WordPress
There are many plugins available to enhance WordPress so it has many of the same features as Hubspot, while having the advantage of being open source and part of a rapidly growing community.
Here are the key features advertised by WordPress:
- Blogging: WordPress is by far the best blogging platform, bar none.
- Content Management System: WordPress has evolved as a CMS and has many new features, including multi-site management
- Search Engine Optimization – http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-seo/
- Email Marketing and Lead Nurturing: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/mailchimp/
- Social Media: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/digg-digg/
- Analytics: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analytics-for-wordpress/
- Lead Management: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wp-crm/
Already have a Blog?
If you made the mistake of choosing any of the other platforms, stop wasting time trying to salvage a sinking ship. You can migrate your site over to WordPress without losing all of your content and comments. There are blog migration services such as BlogWranglers.com that will transfer everything over for you.
Once your data has been migrated, you can then customize your site using one of Fearless Flyers WordPress Themes and adapting it to the look of your current site.
Make your Move!
We have hardly scratched the surface for all the different ways you can use WordPress. If you search through their plugin list you can find thousands upon thousands of ways you can enhance and adapt WordPress for your business. Don’t waste more time and make your move to WordPress!
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We completely agree. Mindshare Studios uses WordPress for nearly all of our internal and client projects that require a CMS.
I use wordpress and prefer it to the other platforms, but this article is written with no factual backing at all. WordPress is great but for certain scenarios drupal would be better.
How about you think about the article you are writing instead of wasting your readers time with this rubbish.
My thoughts exactly, Sebastian.
I use and live of WordPress, but this platform became so great because there was some healthy competition out there and its plugin repository grew because WP tried hard to match the functionality of other CMSs.
Can’t argue about your last sentence, either.
I agree, due to competition WordPress has envolved year by year into a great CMS platform what with the increase of great. Never the less Drupal and WordPress do both have pros and cons and I as a web design in london actually promote both depending on whats better for the client.
Hi Marcela, i’m sorry but honestly this article isn’t very helpful.
Please consider referencing factual data to support your claims, specifically those on Drupal which aren’t true in my experience.
I would have liked to read more about the scenarios in which WordPress is a beter choice against the alternative, and there are certainly plenty.
This feels more like a sales pitch to buy those fancy themes at the bottom of the article! 😉
I disagree on some points about Blogger. Despite its the basic configuration, one can use a personal domain instead of its subdomain.
If you read blogger’s docs, you can, actually, create an advanced layout too.
The points you should put are: Few widgets, no plugins, no custom admin menus, no custom posts, etc.
And about Drupal, it’s gaining traction among developers, since its announcement on using Symphony components. Maybe, but just maybe, they can get a little more users.