Wordpress vs October CMS

If you've found this article then you are probably wondering what is best, Wordpress or October CMS?

In this article I will be going through some of the pros and cons of the two, which, hopefully will help you decide which is best...

Intro

As you can imagine Wordpress is huge. As of November 2018, Wordpress is used by 29% of the internet, with almost 500+ new installs every day.

It's no wonder it's so popular though as it has an enormous catalogue of plugins and themes available to install with a click of a button.

Lets start by going through some of the basics:

Installation

Wordpress is pretty easy to install. Once its uploaded you can pretty much run the wizard and your done.

October CMS is also simple to install, just upload and run the installer. One plus side to October CMS is that you can use command line to install, which is particularly useful if your a developer.

Ease of use

Wordpress can be a little confusing. The navigation can get bogged down as more plugins are installed. For new comers, it is pretty daunting seeing so many links when thats all they want to do is to post a blog article.

On the other hand installing themes and plugins is pretty straight forward.

October CMS is easy to navigate and everything is where you'd expect. Updating and posting is simple.

Pages are in pages, your posts are in Blog and settings are, well... In settings. Its just so easy to find things.

Customising the frontend

Wordpress is pretty difficult to customise, unless you know what your doing. Even more so when the versions change and your template becomes out of date. Modifying the plugins means digging into the core which is never a good idea. For third party resources, Wordpress is not short of them, so if your looking to extend, then there is with no doubt a plugin for it.

October CMS works by building a template in html using the backend editor or editor of your choice, your static content is put in a content file so it can be modified easily. The best thing about October CMS (in my opinion) is that it uses MVC code which makes it simple to extend, for example, if you use the Blog plugin and you want to style it different, you can extend the plugin without touching the core files. This is especially brilliant if there's an update and it likes to overwrite the files which i used to get a lot in Wordpress.

Admin Area

Wordpress admin area hasn't changed much over the years. In my opinion its ugly and is not the most responsive (on my mobile). That all I have to say about the backend of Wordpress!!!

October CMS looks clean, it's easy to navigate and just uncluttered. Using plugins to extend the admin you can modify the look of the dashboard to display the most important data you want to see. By far the best feature is the "Live Preview" when writing a blog post. This allows you to, in real time, see what your page is going to look like.

Support

Wordpress, without doubt, has the biggest following and has an official support forum with many unofficial forums too. If you type in an error or question in Google, I can guarantee someone has had the same issue and there is a solution for it.

October CMS has less content online than Wordpress, but it's pretty simple to debug and find the solution. If you do get stuck though and you do post onto the official forum, the likelihoods are that you will get an answer from one of the founders or an active member. I've used the forums once or twice and had a reply back pretty quick.

Updates

Wordpress can auto-update its core. Plugins update manually though, but it's a one click simple process. I recently updated the core of Wordpress and had an issue with one or two sites where it locked me out of the admin due to file permissions, which was a pain in the behind. Moral of the story! Backup, Backup, Backup...

October CMS will auto update its plugins and core with little or no problems. It does seem easier to use than Wordpress but that could be down to preference.

Performance

Wordpress can be really slow and to speed it up you need plugins. There are some free ones but to really get the best out of it you need to spend the time and money on it.

October CMS is built on Laravel. Laravel is known as a fast, lightweight framework that includes asset minification where your javascript and CSS files are combined and minified with the use of a tag in your template.

The awesome thing about October CMS is that it uses Twig for its templating engine. Twig generated static html pages on the frontend which makes it super fast.

Security

Wordpress has one downfall! Its popularity... It is the most targeted CMS on the planet. If your site is not up to date or is not setup correctly, any user can access files that you don't want them to.

It's pretty easy to figure out where the admin is, just by typing /wp-admin in the address bar will take you to the login page, unless it has been setup correctly. If a hacker can get into the login page with ease then they will try a brute force attack and try to gain entry.

Plugins are also susceptible to be hacked and are sometimes a backdoor into your website, so be careful what you install!

October CMS is built on Laravel. The only file that can be accessed is the index.php, which is in the root. This allows Laravel to cut out any suspicious activity before it gets any further by using middleware.

Plugins are verified by October CMS before they are released. This makes it more trustworthy and makes sure there's no opportunity for a hacker to gain access.

Conclusion

Ok, so Wordpress is the biggest, most supported, and has the biggest library of plugins/themes available, this may be enough to sway some people.

It's a good choice for a simple site for a small business that doesn't store any sensitive information. But for any bespoke websites that require that little extra customisation then October CMS wins it.

The only advise I can give is to try them both. I myself am a big fan of October CMS after a string of issues with Wordpress, but I still build Wordpress websites when the right criteria is met.

Recently though, October CMS has been the primary CMS, as I have been able to knock out a bespoke site in less time than I could with Wordpress.

If you liked this review or have a question then please comment below.