Welcome to the point in your business when it’s time to build or revamp your website. Designing the best website can come with a few challenges and moments of overwhelm, but we’re hoping to limit some of that for you by helping you choose the best website builder.
When it comes to creating your website, you have many options to choose from. From Wix to Squarespace, GoDaddy Builder to Weebly, Shopify to Magento, and more! Each software, hosting site, and website builder come with a list of pros and cons, so you have to consider what is most important to you when creating and managing your website. Our top pick is WordPress because it’s flexible, user-friendly, mobile responsive, secure, affordable, and highly customizable. Yes, other sites offer many benefits, which we’ll get into down below, but if you’re looking for an easy-to-use CMS, great product, excellent features, control, and freedom, then WordPress has you covered.
Here are the topics that will be covered:
- Hosting service
- Website Builder
- Why WordPress
- WordPress VS. Wix
- WordPress VS. Squarespace
- WordPress VS. Shopify
- WordPress VS. Drupal
- WordPress VS. GoDaddy Builder
- WordPress VS. Weebly
- WordPress VS. Magento
- WordPress VS. Joomla
- WordPress VS. Webflow
- Best Website CMS Platform
In this article, you’ll learn why WordPress reigns supreme for creating some of the best websites around, as well as see a head-to-head comparison between WordPress and other website creation services. However, before we get into that, let’s go over some industry terminology.
What is a website hosting service?
You can think of web hosting as buying a plot of land to build your home. But instead of buying land to begin building your dream home, you’re buying a place (server) on the internet that will house and support you in building your dream website. Hosting your website precedes the building. You can’t build a house without land, you can’t build a website without a host! So, for example, the BragDeal server will host your site, register your domain, and support software and plugins to enable the construction of your site right then and there. Many website builders will also offer hosting services as well. Once you have your online real estate you can begin the process of building your website yourself or hire a professional web design agency!
What is a website builder?
In the simplest explanation, a website builder is the tools and software required to build a website, oftentimes provided by a hosting company. The website builders (and content management systems) we’ll discuss further down include, WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, Shopify, Drupal, GoDaddy Builder, Weebly, Magneto, Joomla, and Webflow. Some features you might want to consider before choosing the best website builder for you are:
- Blogging tools
- Photo gallery
- E-commerce store capabilities
- Creation of contact and other forms
- Social media integration features
- Use of templates
- Ability to customize
- Ability to grow and expand the website and content
- Security and customer service access
- Plugins, add-ons, extensions, modules, etc
- Ease of use
- Tech experience required
- Price and overall cost
Different website builders will focus on different features, and depending on what they focus on you may be swayed in one direction or another. Regardless of what you use to create your website, we recommend using one that supports the growth and expansion of your business! It’s difficult to predict where your business will go and having a website that supports these changes can help expedite expansion while minimizing stress. Changing and adapting your business model can be challenging, and if you can take one less thing off your plate, such as redesigning your website, your future self with thank you! For this reason (and many others) we strongly recommend WordPress, but in this case, we recommend it because it’s so flexible and adaptable. Didn’t anticipate needing an online store? No problem, you can easily build one with WordPress using the WooCommerce plugin (free plugin, we might add)! Want to start writing a blog? Great, WordPress supports that too, in fact, there’s virtually nothing you can’t do and can’t customize with WordPress.
Is a website builder the same as a CMS?
CMS or content management system is software that allows you to create and modify digital content, such as the content on your website. You can think of a CMS as one of the most important tools for building a highly unique and custom website. Using a CMS can be extremely helpful if you are building a large website, anticipate it changing or growing, or want the flexibility to change and modify your content as you please. A website builder will get the job done, but it might not allow you the flexibility you need to build a one-of-a-kind website. With a CMS, you can manage and modify your content as much as you want because they are very flexible. The main difference is that a CMS is a software that can be used on other servers, such as BragDeal, Bluehost, WordPress.com, or other hosting servers. A website builder provides software and tools that can only be applied to their specific platform, for example, Wix’s website building tools can only be used with Wix. In summary, a website builder is more limited in where and how you can use it, as well as more limited in what it can do.
Compared to a CMS, a website builder is often easier to use because it doesn’t require coding experience, and the interface offers mostly drag and drop features. These easy-to-use features, although helpful for the novice web designer, require a lot of extra functionality to be loaded onto your site, which ultimately slows it down. A CMS, such as WordPress, allows you to customize your website more efficiently because it only loads features you use, which results in a more speedy and functional final project.
Some notable content management systems include WordPress, Drupal, Magento, Joomla, and Webflow (although Webflow is more of a hybrid, it’s a website builder with a built-in CMS). Website builders include Squarespace, Wix, Weebly, GoDaddy Builder, and Shopify. Although website builders are often easier to use initially and don’t require you to worry about security or maintenance, they simply just have fewer capabilities compared to a CMS. If you’re looking to create a small personal blog or a landing page for your website then a website builder may suffice, however, if you are building your website to generate income, take your business to the next level, create an awesome online store, and want to give your users the best user experience, then opt for a CMS.
Why does WordPress create the best websites?
Although you already know that WordPress is our top pick when it comes to building the best websites, let us tell you why:
WordPress Software is free to use
Might as well start with one of the most practical and important features of WordPress, its software is free to use and you have the freedom to modify it and build upon it without incurring more fees or charges. That’s not to say, signing up and using WordPress won’t cost you anything, you will need to pay for web hosting and a domain name, and perhaps some more premium features as your site comes together. Additionally, WordPress gives you the freedom to use many plugins and widgets at no additional cost which allows you to create an extremely unique and custom website.
It’s easy to use
One complaint we’ve heard over the years is that WordPress can be difficult to use for novice web users. And although there is definitely a learning curve, WordPress is considered much easier to use than other content management systems, especially considering you don’t need to have coding knowledge to excel with it. If you’re worried about the backend and navigating WordPress, we recommend consulting with a top web design agency, which will have a team of experts ready to help you build your dream site from the ground up. Otherwise, WordPress’s dashboard makes managing and editing content quick and easy. It’s set up in a way where you can view all your posts, adjust SEO and other features as you go, revisit previous revisions, and more. It also offers a visual and text view to makes adjusting and editing content easy, whether you have coding experience or not. One of our favourite plugins is WP Bakery, which allows you to quickly edit your content while seeing what it will look like at the frontend, on a variety of devices such as tablets or cellphones.
WordPress allows so many themes, plugins, and widgets
Ok, let’s do a quick overview, a theme is a pre-set template designed by WordPress that includes features such as colour scheme, layout, design elements, and other style features. A plugin is a piece of software that improves the functionality of your site and allows for the customization of themes and other website features. A widget is a type of plugin that allows for interaction and is visually displayed on your page. A common widget is a “share” button, that allows you to easily share content between sites or social media. Plugins allow for nearly endless possibilities when it comes to extending the functionality of your WordPress website. You can customize themes, create a multilingual website, book appointments online, improve the sales and marketing on your site, improve SEO, enhance security, and more!
You can, of course, get many awesome themes, plugins, and widgets from WordPress, or from other online shops and marketplaces, such as Themeforest, Elegant Themes Divi, or CodeCanyon. With that being said, the abundance of themes and plugins available for WordPress can be overwhelming, and it can get confusing to know where to go and what to choose. Working alongside a professional web design company can help alleviate the stress of sifting through thousands of options because they’ll already have a list of their favourites and know what works best for your needs.
The best websites are SEO friendly
For a quick refresher, SEO, or search engine optimization, is the process of allowing your online content to be found more easily when searched online. For example, if you plug a keyword phrase, such as “best web design agency Vancouver” into a search engine like Google, if your website has high SEO, you will be ranked higher than your competitors, and thus more visible and easy to find. This makes a huge difference when web users are doing generic searches because your website will be found more organically, as opposed to users having to search specifically for you. Although simply using WordPress will give you a leg up on the competition, it also allows you to boost your SEO with features built into the platform, such as alt text, tags, keywords, keyword density counter, headings, word counter, and other SEO analysis features. Additionally, for more advanced SEO tools, you can install plugins, like SEOPress, or hire an SEO expert who knows not only what plugins to use but how to use them effectively.
SEO professionals have crunched the numbers, and websites that use WordPress just get way more hits, with one study finding that 46% of WordPress sites receive organic traffic, compared to only 1.4% of Wix sites. One of our clients at BragDeal recently shared his website building journey with us saying that he started his side hustle business using Wix, but as his online CPA firm grew, SEO became all the more critical, and Wix was no longer able to fully support his needs.
“I believe WordPress has the functionalities to allow me to have more control over certain areas that can have a direct impact on SEO and rankings.”
– Tony Piao, Owner of Borderless Wealth
As one of the top web design agencies in Vancouver, we see this experience all the time. Clients come to us, after having initially set their websites up with a website builder, such as Wix or Squarespace, because they need to grow beyond the scope of their more simple websites. These sites and services definitely have their benefits, but one of the major downfalls is they don’t offer the advanced features required to expand your business or take advantage of online tools such as marketing and SEO.
WordPress has user registration
WordPress has an awesome tool that allows users to register to join your site to gain premium features. Perhaps registering with your site allows users the ability to check out as a member, where their info will be saved for a more streamlined checkout in the future or grant them the ability to track their purchase. Other registration features may allow registered users to comment on your content or gain exclusive access to certain website features.
You can safely add contributors and coworkers
Another great feature offered by WordPress is the ability to assign contributors to your account. This allows other web-users or coworkers access to your site, with varying degrees of access. If you hire out a content writer to create all your blogs, you may grant them access to the backend of your account but not approve them to post content live themselves. This is an excellent way to ensure a few checks and balances to protect your website while allowing other members of your team access to ensure the most efficient and collaborative work. Some other user roles that WordPress offers include administrator, editor, author, follower, and subscriber. Additionally, WordPress allows you to flag certain users as contractors, freelancers, consultants, or agencies to help you keep track of who has access to your site and who they are. Administrators have the most access and permissions and can easily change the roles of other contributors. If you plan on having a website that requires multiple team members to work collaboratively on your content, definitely go with WordPress.
Social and multi-media friendly
WordPress is compatible with a variety of media such as text, images, audio, and video files, making it the best choice if you intend on using a multi-media approach to your web design. The best web content is usually composed of a variety of different media, which gives users the option to either listen to a video demo, read a description, or browse pictures. We all digest content differently and by diversifying your content, you appeal to more people. Additionally, WordPress allows you to quickly and easily share and highlight your social media! Through the use of plugins and widgets, you can add social media icons to your page, or even set up auto-scheduling to multiple social media sites and post directly from WordPress. Yes, you read that correctly, you can post to social media through WordPress (using plugins), which is an excellent feature if you find managing multiple sites and social media platforms difficult.
WordPress is secure
One of the most important features of any website is security and privacy. WordPress is committed to keeping your data private and secure. Additionally, the software is constantly being monitored and updated to ensure safety and security for all users. Most servers that host WordPress will also provide an SSL certificate, or secure sockets layer, which is the global standard for online security that adds a necessary layer of protection to you and all those who interact with your website. You may also be happy to know that websites with an SSL rank higher on Google’s algorithm and other search engines, which increases your SEO! Lastly, WordPress has a powerful spam filter that keeps your site free of junk and potentially harmful content.
Good customer service
Did you know more than 40% of the world’s top 10 million websites use WordPress? It’s the top content management system in use today. One of the many benefits of having such widespread usage is the demand for support that comes with it. You can’t become the world’s top website building software and platform without having an excellent team behind you, and WordPress certainly does. WordPress.com offers a toll-free support line (1-877 273-3049), unlimited email support with any for-pay plans, and quick-start support sessions that allow you to talk one-on-one with a WordPress support team member.
Great network and community
Unfortunately, the WordPress support team will have some limitations to what they can help with, such as third-party plugins and applications, content creating, and editing code other than HTLM and CSS. Luckily, the great WordPress community is so expansive that there is virtually no question that can’t be answered, no snag that can’t be unsnagged. One of the many benefits to WordPress software being open-source is that you can use it, change it, and distribute it; and tech-savvy users and code-experts are constantly doing this! Perhaps you hire out a professional or read a forum to teach yourself, either way, there are endless resources to turn to when you need a little extra help.
Now that we’ve made a clear case for why WordPress is our top pick, you may be wondering how its competitors fare in comparison. Below is our head-to-head analysis with Wix, Squarespace, Shopify, Drupal, GoDaddy Builder, Weebly, Magento, and Joomla, and we’ll be mostly comparing 4 features.
- E-commerce capabilities
- Plugins and apps
- And overall usability
So, without further ado, let’s start comparing.
WordPress vs. Wix – Which one is better?
Wix is an Israeli software company that provides cloud-based development to its millions of users worldwide. Wix prides itself on making web design and mobile sites easy to use with its online drag and drop tools. Wix offers hosting and provides a variety of plans ranging from $5 USD to $35 USD per month for their personal plans and $20 to $35 per month for their business plans. There’s even a free version offered if you don’t require a custom domain and don’t mind advertisements. Each plan offers a range of storage space, from 500MB to 50GB, 24/7 customer support, and a free SSL certification.
Wix e-Commerce capabilities
Wix supports the creation of an online store with its 3 business plan options, although you can set up a shop gallery with any plan. However, to receive payments through your website, you will need a premium plan. You can edit your online store within Wix’s capacity and use the many apps available to customize your shop.
WordPress, on the other hand, does not come with e-commerce features built-in but relies on plugins, such as WooCommerce. WooCommerce is an excellent e-commerce service that creates some of the best stores and allows for customer engagement, tracking features, delivery status updates, and inventory management. Wix, on the other hand, is far less flexible, has fewer features, and provides no inventory stocking alerts.
Wix plugins and apps
Wix has over 200 free and paid apps you can add to your site to increase its functionality and make it fit your needs. WordPress offers more than 50 thousand plugins, many of which are free to use without having to upgrade your plan with your host. Additionally, WordPress’s widespread community offers so much support for how and where to use each plugin.
Adding a blog to your site is quick and easy, and Wix provides all the basic features for blogging in a user-friendly interface. You can add pictures and videos, change the formatting, save in drafts, and schedule to publish later. WordPress also offers many user-friendly blogging functions, and so much more. Because WordPress is so flexible you can customize nearly anything, including your blog!
Wix overall usability
Wix uses a simple drag and drop interface that requires no coding experience and gives users clean and simple websites, quickly. Wix sites made with premium plans are also mobile responsive and give you the option to edit in mobile view. One of Wix’s best features is that it is easy to use, however it does not allow you to switch templates once you’ve committed to one. Whereas WordPress has a steeper learning curve but offers so much in terms of capabilities and flexibility. In short, it offers everything Wix does and more!
Wix Vs. WordPress final verdict
Wix builds beautiful websites, and if you have a small business, a personal blog, or just need a landing page then having a simple interface may suit your needs. However, in terms of services provided, capabilities, flexibility, plugins, blogging features, and e-commerce features, WordPress takes the win.
WordPress vs. Squarespace – Which one creates the best websites?
Squarespace is an American website building and hosting company that provides software as a service (SaaS) for website building and hosting. Squarespace uses pre-set templates and web design layouts and others drag and drop elements to create a more custom website that suits your needs. Squarespace is a one-stop shop for hosting and building a website, however, it is not a CMS, and therefore not as flexible or customizable as WordPress. Plans start at $12 USD per month and go up to $40, with a free 14-day trial. Squarespace offers unlimited bandwidth and storage, as well as 24/7 customer support and a free SSL certification.
Squarespace e-commerce capabilities
Squarespace supports fully integrated e-commerce stores in 3 of their 4 plans. Their business plan has a 3% transaction fee, and their 2 e-commerce plans do not. For not being known as an e-commerce site builder, Squarespace has excellent online store design features, and great inventory and analytical tools. However, stores are not very flexible and customizable, unlike WooCommerce used by WordPress. Additionally, Squarespace’s e-commerce tools take some time to learn and master.
Squarespace plugins and apps
Squarespace’s version of a plugin or app is called an extension, and they are offered by third parties to help you optimize and expand your website. Squarespace.com offers a catalogue of places to get both free and for-pay extensions. As we mentioned above, WordPress has tens of thousands of plugins for use.
Squarespace is a great platform for blogging and offers all the basic features to create an awesome blog, such as headers, pictures, alt text, drafting and publishing options, and the ability to turn off comments. With that being said, WordPress originated as a blogging platform and has all the best features for customizing blogs, creating high SEO content, and making it all very easy in the process.
Squarespace overall usability
Although, not as user-friendly as Wix, Squarespace is considered easy to use once you spend a little time getting the hang of it. It offers a visual editor and allows you to drag and drop elements as you please. It has excellent templates and design features and creates some truly beautiful websites. With that being said, it has no auto-save features, so be sure to be diligent with your saving!
Squarespace Vs. WordPress final verdict
Squarespace is great for those who are not tech-savvy and are just looking for a basic website with a nice visual design and layout. However, if you are looking for a one-of-a-kind website, custom web design with limitless capabilities, the option to grow, and the flexibility to change and modify as you go, WordPress offers many more options than Squarespace.
WordPress vs. Shopify – Which one builds the best e-commerce store?
Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company that acts as a platform for online stores. It allows its users to quickly and easily set up online stores through the use of their many templates and allows for the sale of both digital and physical goods. Additionally, Shopify does allow for modifying and customizing, as long as you have some coding skills. Plans start at $9USD per month for Shopify Lite, and go up from there to $29, $79, $299, and then to $2000 (and above) per month for Shopify Plus. A free 14-day trial is offered, with no credit card required and Shopify offers unlimited bandwidth and storage, 24/7 customer support, and a free SSL certification with the purchase of any plan. Although Shopify is designed with e-commerce in mind, you can also set up a website with them, regardless of whether you have an online store or not.
Shopify e-commerce capabilities
What can we say, Shopify is designed for e-commerce and sets up some of the best online stores. You can host your site, create a domain, and build your website and online store all with Shopify. Shopify offers 70+ professional themes, built-in mobile commerce capabilities, options to customize your store, great store management features, marketing and SEO, advanced inventory features, and more!
Shopify plugins and apps
The Shopify app store offers a wide variety of free plugins to further customize your online store and website.
Shopify websites come with a built-in blogging engine, however, it’s quite limited. A blog is an excellent addition to any online store, but because Shopify puts e-commerce first, some of its other website features are more limited. WordPress supports full integration of an advanced e-commerce store as well as premium blogging features, there’s no compromise.
Shopify overall usability
Shopify makes setting up an online store very easy. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to create and manage your store, but if you want to get techy, you can code to customize your shop. The free WooCommerce plugin is also easy to use and is open-source software, making it extremely flexible.
Shopify Vs. WordPress final verdict
Of the two, although Shopify is a great platform for building an online store, WordPress edges out Shopify in terms of flexibility, usability, and capabilities. One of the other benefits to using WooCommerce (through WordPress), is the store belongs to you, if Shopify shuts down, so does your store, whereas if you have a server issue with WooCommerce you can simply take your information and data and move to another server.
WordPress vs. Drupal – Which CMS is better?
Similar to WordPress, Drupal is a free, open-source CMS, which allows you to self-host, manage, modify, and edit all your content. It’s free to download and use, however, you will still need to pay for hosting and a domain. Drupal is considered very secure and has a great community to provide support online, as well as many resources through Drupal.org.
Drupal e-commerce capabilities
Drupal offers Drupal Commerce, which is free open-source software that builds your online store. There are also many modules (Drupal’s version of a plugin) available to further expand your e-commerce shop, as well as many third-party extensions. In addition to WooCommerce, WordPress has thousands of other plugins to further create, modify, and customize your online store.
Drupal plugins and apps
Drupal has thousands of modules and hundreds of themes available for use as well as many third-party modules available that integrate seamlessly with its software. Unfortunately for every other website builder and software on this list, WordPress takes the cake when it comes to plugins and themes available.
Drupal and WordPress both offer very advanced and flexible blogging capabilities.
Drupal overall usability
One of the biggest downsides to using Drupal is its steep learning curve. Although it is incredibly flexible and customizable, as well as secure, you will likely need to hire a professional developer to use the software. If you are tech-savvy or planned to hire out anyway, this may not be a downfall to you, but if you want to be involved in the development and creation of your website, coding and tech experience is a necessity.
Drupal Vs. WordPress final verdict
As far as CMS’s go, WordPress is just much easier to use than Drupal. Although Drupal is considered very secure and is just as flexible and customizable as WordPress, it has a difficult-to-use interface, steep learning curve, and fewer resources, such as community support and available modules/plugins.
WordPress vs. GoDaddy Builder – Which one’s better?
GoDaddy Builder is an American internet company that offers an entire suite of services to help you build your website from the ground up. It has domain names, hosting, and building services with lots of themes and templates to choose from, and add-ons to help customize your site. Because GoDaddy is also a hosting site, you can even host WordPress software with them! Plans range from $12.99 CAD per month to $39.99 per month. GoDaddy also offers a free plan, however, you will not get a custom domain or have control over advertising on your page. They have a 24/7 support team and a free SSL certification.
GoDaddy Builder e-commerce capabilities
GoDaddy builder offers an e-commerce option at $39.99 per month, which is the only plan that supports building an online store. Unlike WordPress, where you can use WooCommerce with any plan, with GoDaddy you must have the e-commerce plan to build a store.
GoDaddy Builder plugins and apps
GoDaddy is compatible with plugins, however, you may need a premium account. GoDaddy has also developed several plugins for WordPress software.
GoDaddy Builder blogging
Although you can certainly post blogs, the software is not really set up for creating blogs or frequent posting. Definitely, not the best blogging platform around, whereas WordPress is designed to have a blog with excellent SEO features, quick editing options, and the ability to go over revisions if necessary.
GoDaddy Builder overall usability
GoDaddy Builder is an easy-to-use platform with a small learning curve and you can quite easily develop a professional-looking site without having to hire a web developer. With that being said, its capabilities are quite limited, especially when compared to a content management system.
GoDaddy Builder Vs. WordPress final verdict
GoDaddy is a great one-stop shop if you are looking to buy a domain, have hosting, and then build your website. On the other hand, if you want more options, WordPress comes equipped with more tools, features, and functions. WordPress is a better product in its flexibility, blogging capabilities, and e-commerce options. GoDaddy is a good service if you know what you want and will stick to your plan, but it’s not the best option if you want to customize your website or leave room for growth.
WordPress vs. Weebly – Which builds the best websites?
Weebly is an American web hosting service that allows you to build and launch your website. In 2018 Weebly was acquired by Square Inc. gaining a lot of its resources, helping them establish themselves as a great e-commerce building site. Their plans start at $7CAD per month and go up to $30. Storage is unlimited with their professional and performance plans and they offer 24/7 email support and a free SSL certification.
Weebly e-commerce capabilities
Thanks to Square, you can build an e-commerce store with any of Weebly’s plans, including their free one. However, stores are quite simple and not nearly as flexible or advanced as the options available through WordPress plugins.
Weebly plugins and apps
Weebly has hundreds of apps in the Weebly App Center, some free and some premium ones for purchase. However, in comparison to WordPress, Weebly does not even come close to plugins and customizable features.
Weebly has many easy-to-use blogging tools, including scheduling features and social media sharing, and is a great option if you have a small business and want to show off your portfolio, connect with your target audience, or have a blog.
Weebly overall usability
Weebly is about a medium on the easy-to-use scale and includes a drag and drop interface, custom fonts, image editors, and more. It also offers a helpful SEO guide to help drive traffic to your site. With that being said, its interface is limited, and there’s no Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) feature, which leaves you having to manually create your website.
Weebly Vs. Squarespace final verdict
Both Weebly and WordPress offer good e-commerce options, where Weebly’s will be easier to set up and WordPress’s will be more advanced. As far as other features go, WordPress offers a much more expansive set of features to create both an amazing website and online store.
WordPress vs. Magento – Which CMS is best?
Magento is an American open-source e-commerce platform designed to build e-commerce stores from the ground up. In 2018 Magento was acquired by Adobe and may also be referred to as Adobe Commerce. Magento’s software is free to use, however, you will need to pay for hosting, and to use one of Magento’s plans, the price will be based on your annual Gross Merchandise Value and Average Order Value. Magento e-commerce sites are designed to handle large stores, big inventory, and huge sales!
Magento e-commerce capabilities
No other way to say it, e-commerce is their specialty and the platform comes with some excellent features built-in. Unlike WordPress, where you need a plugin such as WooCommerce to create the best online store, Magento has it as part of their software from the start. It offers catalogue management, SEO features, advanced advertising and marketing, easy checkout and payment options, analytics and reporting, and more!
Magento plugins and apps
Magento has a variety of extensions and plugins for use that can be found at either the Magento Marketplace or through another extension developer.
Although blogging is possible with Magento, it’s not set up for this and you will need a plugin. Kind of like how WordPress is set up for blogging and you need a plugin for e-commerce, Magento is the opposite of that.
Magento overall usability
Magento is not simple to use, especially in comparison to WordPress and you will likely either need to be tech-savvy yourself or hire out. With that being said, because it’s a CMS, once you know how to work with the software it is very flexible and customizable.
Magento Vs. WordPress final verdict
If your main priority is large-scale e-commerce then Magento may outshine WordPress initially, however, with WooCommerce and the many other plugins available, WordPress can create an amazing online store as well. If you are looking for more intuitive and flexible software to work with and great blogging capabilities, then WordPress is likely a better bet all around.
WordPress vs. Joomla – Which is the best CMS?
Joomla or “Joom!a” is a free open-source CMS used for publishing, modifying, and making websites. Like all content management systems, one of the glaring pros is its flexibility. Also like all other CMS’s, you will need to pay for a domain and hosting. Joomla has been around since 2005, however, it has not gained the same traction that WordPress has, in part because it’s more difficult to use. Nevertheless, Joomla still offers many advanced website building tools and is very flexible.
Joomla e-commerce capabilities
Although, not an e-commerce store specialist, Joomla has many awesome e-commerce plugins and extensions to set up a great online shop. Like WordPress, it requires additional software to set up an online store.
Joomla plugins and apps
Joomla has over 5,000 extensions, further increasing its flexibility in creating a custom website.
Joomla’s flexibility and customizability make it a great platform for blogging if you know what you’re doing with its software. WordPress has pages set up for blogging, whereas Joomla has a generic article page that you can modify to your liking.
Joomla overall usability
Not only is Joomla techier and more difficult to use than WordPress, it also has fewer themes and extensions/plugins. Additionally, Joomla has a smaller community and network, meaning there are fewer resources to turn to when trying to fully customize your site. This can make it more difficult to use, as well as drive the price up with development costs.
Joomla Vs. WordPress final verdict
Comparing CMS to CMS, WordPress is much more user-friendly, has more themes, templates, and plugins, and can do everything Joomla can do and more!
WordPress vs. Webflow – Which is the top CMS and site builder?
Webflow is an American company that launched in 2013 and has been steadily increasing in popularity ever since. It provides software as a service (SaaS) that allows users to build responsive websites for any screen (mobile, desktop, or tablet). It uses a visual editing software tool that automatically generates code and comes with a CMS built into the platform which makes the software unique, flexible, and all encompassing. You can get started with Webflow for free with a free trial or with a Starter plan and prices increase from there depending on whether you have an Individual plan, Team plan, Site plan, or Ecommerce plan. Costs range from $15USD paid monthly, to $235, or more for its Enterprise plans.
Webflow e-commerce capabilities
Webflow supports the creation of an online store, however, in comparison to WordPress/Woocomerce, it’s more limited. With that being said, everything you need to create a fully functional store that sells physical or digital products is available to you such as branding, product display, payment, custom checkout, custom shopping cart, and more! You’ll need an plan to set up your store, but Webflow has several e-commerce plans to choose from, starting at $29 USD billed annually. Additionally, they use stripe as a payment service which charges a 2% transaction fee. Transactions fees for WooCommerce will fluctuate depending on hosting and payment gateway.
Webflow apps and plugins
Webflow prides itself for not needing to use plugins because the platform and built-in CMS allow flexibility and customizability within the site. However, you can use plugins and integrations to further customize your site if you wish. WordPress, as you know by now, is the king of plugins and third-party integrations!
Webflow is a great platform for bogging and offers many easy-to-use features to help customize your blog. Its visual editor is especially handy when writing and designing your blog, because you can see in real time what it looks like. Similar to WordPress, it has SEO features built right in, which ensures your content is found more easily.
Webflow overall usability
Webflow is considered easy to use and requires no coding experience. With their dashboard and visual editing software you can create your web design, write your content, and view your layout all with a live preview. What you create on the backend is what appears on the front end. Although the platform comes with many templates and features, those new to the platform may find it a bit confusing at first, but those savvy in web design appreciate the many features the software and CMS offer. WordPress and Webflow have about the save learning curve, whereas WordPress has a bit more to offer in terms of features, capabilities, and design elements.
Webflow Vs. WordPress final verdict
Both are good platforms and about equal in terms of ease of use, however WordPress software is more flexible and offers a wider host of capabilities than Webflow. Support for both communities is quite large, which is helpful when tackling the learning curve associated with each platform, but because of WordPress’s greater widespread use, it does also provide more resources for support. Nevertheless, both are great platforms that will get your website built and looking great. WordPress simply offers a little bit more!
Conclusion – Which CMS/Web builder creates the best websites?
To summarize what we found, we broke the winners up into 3 categories because WordPress is the runaway winner in terms of plugins, apps, extensions, and modules.
E-commerce winner = It’s a tie between Shopify and WordPress
If you want a user-friendly experience and want to focus primarily (or solely) on your online store, Shopify has you covered. WordPress was a tempting choice to take the win outright, but because you have to use a separate plugin, such as WooCommerce, to create a store, it’s a tie. When we look at WordPress as a whole, it edges out Shopify, but when looking only at e-commerce, Shopify is an excellent contender for first place. You might have thought that Magento would take the cake because it’s a CMS designed for e-commerce, however, it can be difficult to use and prices are high. WordPress is the middle man between Shopify’s dedication to e-commerce and Magento’s flexible software, however, because it does not specialize in e-commerce (like Shopify), again, the results are a tie. If we were comparing WooCommerce Vs. Shopify, however, the results may be different!
Blogging winner = WordPress
What can we say, WordPress was created as a blogging site and it still reigns supreme today. It’s easy to use, especially when you post content frequently, and you can customize each blog to be unique to you and your brand. WordPress offers the most plugins, themes, and other features ensuring that it lands on top in terms of blogging capabilities.
Overall usability winner for the best web builder/CMS
For this, we decided to break it up into 2 categories:
Most usable CMS
The winner is WordPress, by a landslide. The top CMS in use today is WordPress because it’s easier to use, more intuitive, and has way more resources than Drupal, Magento, Joomla, and Webflow!
Most usable website builder
It’s a tie between Wix and Squarespace! If you want a simple and quick website that’s easy to set up, these one-stop-shop website builders will certainly do the trick and require the least amount of tech knowledge. Wix is slightly easier to use but Squarespace offers slightly better features. The major downfall to them, however, is they are not as flexible or as customizable as a CMS, such as WordPress. Website builders also slow the speed of your site with all their preloaded functions, whereas a CMS provides a more efficient and streamlined user experience. If you want total control of your site, a website builder is not for you.
The overall winner for the platform that builds the best websites is…
Look, we’re not trying to come off as bias, it’s just the way it is. WordPress has the most to offer across the most categories and consistently comes out on top in terms of functions, capabilities, the best UX, community support, and just about every other feature. When we look at web design as a whole, WordPress software has the most to offer.
So, there you have it, the cream of the crop of content management systems, web building sites, and website hosting platforms, and why WordPress is the best of them all! Designing the best website starts with having the best website host, builder, and CMS on your side. It may feel overwhelming at first, trying to maximize features and minimize price, without compromising content or the end result, and we get it. This is why we’ve done the work for you! To build and design the best website for your business, use WordPress, and if you still need a bit of convincing (or are ready to start building your website today), feel free to reach out to us here at BragDeal.