The CMS for you: Wordpress or DNN-DotNetNuke?

Although there are many options, we recommend well established, open source, and heavily developed Content Management Systems (CMS's). These systems are expected to be around for many years, are mature and stable, and have a huge network of experienced developers creating custom plugins and modules.

Wordpress: More than a Blog

Although Wordpress started as a simple blogging platform, it has grown into a fully featured and complete CMS. Its user friendly environment and super quick install make it very popular. It can be skinned into an infinite amount of unique designs and powers thousands of awesome websites throughout the world

What's Great About It?

Wordpress's fully evolved control panel is extremely user-friendly and flexible. Its library of thousands of free plugins adds an amazing array of advanced functionality to your website, and the developer friendly WordPress environment ensures that they are well integrated and typically very easy to use and implement.

How it Works

Wordpress uses the PHP programming language and a MYSQL database system to dynamically manage your content as it grows and changes. It typically runs off Linux servers, on which hosting is widely available for very modest monthly fees. These technologies are extremely well developed and used by hundreds of thousands of websites and developers.

A fully developed administration panel uses modern technology to present you with a simple and clean editing environment. This Admin area allows you to create and edit posts and pages using intuitive WYSIWYG (What you See is What you Get) style editors. Finally, the admin controls make it easy to implement and control third party plugins that can be easily downloaded and installed.

Intended Audience

Even though it has the power to manage massive, heavily trafficked websites, Wordpress is most at home with small to medium sized sites. It is especially adept and handling magazine or newspaper style layouts. If you often update content and add new articles and publications, Wordpress's publishing platform and mega-friendly SEO and Social Networking plugins are for you.

There are a huge amount of plugins offering a diverse amount of functions and features. Wordpress is also extremely budget friendly. It's very scalable, most of it's plugins are free, and many developers are at home modifying and updating its framework and skins.

Wordpress isn't as effective as DNN when it comes to making custom solutions from scratch. Although it's coming along, it doesn't quite rival other solutions for large scale enterprise level applications. It also has limited ability to segment pages into distinct areas or panes. Finally, Wordpress lacks the ability to fully edit in place, you'll have to learn to navigate the admin panel to locate the content you wish to edit.

Possibly the biggest drawback of WordPress is it's easy updates. Althougth that sounds nice, it means that you're constantly needing to update plugins, almost every week, and in many cases, updating those plugins breaks the site. It's normally a quick fix, if you're a developer and know how to get into the file system, remove the plugins directory so the site can some back up, then log in and manually restore 1 plugin at a time until you find which one broke the site, then deal with it. Finally, out of the 1,300 websites that we've built and launched, only WordPress sites have been hacked. Usually it's because our clients don't to all the updates due to the fragile nature of updating, then the site's not fully secure and eventually gets nailed.  Either way, it's not a very secure and stable platform for a corporate website.

DNN (DotNetNuke): Edit in Place with Powerful Add-ons

DNN is very at home with large, complex websites. It is open-source, free, and heavily developed. Like Wordpress, it can be skinned to fit any website layout and style, in most cases you'll never know a website is powered by DNN just by looking.

What's Great About It

DNN features an edit in place style development environment. Want to change a paragraph? Just log in, navigate to it just like your users would, and click the edit button. Need to add a new section? Just select a nearby item, and designate whether you want to add your new module above or below it. DNN offers a huge library of very affordable modules that add custom features and functionality. Whether it's a fancy image gallery you need, or a fully functional E-Commerce solution, you can bet that you have options.

How it Works

DNN is an ASP.NET application that uses Windows database and server environments. It's easy to find affordable hosting on a Windows server, and thousands of developers are extremely comfortable with the various forms of the ASP programming language.

Most of DNN's admin features sit right within the framework of your website, so you wont have to master navigating a standard Admin panel. Additionally, it's highly customizable template system make it easy to drop text, HTML, or custom modules into any of a wide variety of designated layout locations.

Intended Audience

DNN is great for website's of any size. It's advanced portal system means you can use it to manage hundreds of websites (or just one). Initial setup is a bit more resource intensive than Wordpress, and upgrading versions or installing plugins can require a bit more expertise. DNN can handle very unique layouts, and does well for websites that have many unique pages. A possible drawback is that a bit more training is recommend than WordPress, as it's easier to break essential functions and layout elements for it's powerful editing tools.

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