This question might not have stumbled upon your mind, but if you think about it, there are many new ways of creating sites, online stores, and even blogs. That, naturally, raises the question whether these new methods are up to par with WordPress and vice versa. The platform started out as a tool to help people create blogs, but it quickly grew into something quite bigger. It started being used for creating almost every type of website that you can think of.
But in recent years, there have been other platforms that have given people the possibility of creating different types of websites. Some of them are more specific, other keep it broad. But where does WordPress lie in the hierarchy?
Should I Still Use WordPress?
I’m sure that this is one of the first questions that popped your mind after reading the first couple of paragraphs. We are not saying that WordPress is outdated – you will find it out in the following sections. We just want to make a comparison between WordPress and the other platforms that are available. The platform recently saw its fourth major update roll out.
WordPress is still going to do the job for you. Regardless of whether you are building an online store, or something simpler, the platform remains one of the go-to options. We want to see, however, if there is a better and more efficient way of creating sites.
What are those Other Platforms that You Are Talking About?
There are many ways of creating a website by yourself. One of them is to use a website builder. In its essence, it has the same idea as WordPress – help you create a website that look just like how you want it to, without having to code it. But their approaches to the problem are a bit different.
Website builders too start you off by letting you select a theme. But that theme, in most cases, is going to be a free and part of the package that you have subscribed to. Then you can start creating your website. The twist is that most of the builders are drag and drop. There is no dummy data that you can import to get started. You will have to create all of the pages manually and create a custom layout which is then filled with content. But to make everything faster, most of the website builders allow cloning of pages. You can create a template page that is never displayed. You can then use it for cloning when you need pages that are going to be visually similar.
Also, some of the website builders, like Squarespace, allow the creation of a blog. However, the management of posts is not as good as it is on WordPress. There are just not as many settings and options which give you full control over your posts. However, there are only a few builders that allow you to create dedicated blogs.
Builder platforms can also be used to create online stores. If I had to compare those with WooComerce, then I would say that the latter is a winner. It offers more features in its base version, and you can also use extensions to add extra functionalities.
So What’s the Verdict?
The verdict is that WordPress is still the best and most economical option. You are given complete freedom, but if you do not want to create anything by yourself, then plugins can help you create new content quickly.
WordPress also has a very high number of responsive themes and many plugins that allow you to add extra functionality. Website builders feel like they are locking you in a confined space and give you only so much tools to work with.