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July 19, 2021

Comparing WordPress to the Competition: Which One Is Best For You? Part One

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WordPress holds over 40% of the total website market share. If you are looking at websites powered by Content Management Systems, the number climbs to 64%. That is a lot of websites!

The prevalence of WordPress has made it the defacto choice for many when creating a new website but is there a time to use another system? 

Website management tools break down into two major categories: hosted and self-hosted. A hosted website service is like Squarespace; you pay them a monthly fee and sign in to their service to manage your website, and they control all the setup. Self-hosted websites mean you are responsible for where the website files live, and you can access all the files related to your website directly. 

There are several other popular choices for hosted and self-hosted website tools:

Hosted:

  • Wix
  • Squarespace
  • Shopify
  • WordPress.com

Self-Hosted:

  • WordPress.org
  • Drupal 
  • Joomla
  • Expression Engine
  • Craft

It may be surprising to hear, but we believe there is a time, place, and use case for each service category. There are reasons to choose a different tool based on your needs within the hosted and self-hosted categories.  

One of our goals at The Sky Floor is to make improving your digital presence more accessible. Square one is knowing more about the options for creating and hosting your website. 

Over the next week, we will be answering some critical questions: 

  • How do you pick which tool to create your website with? 
  • What are the benefits of using Shopify vs. Woocommerce or vice versa? 
  • Is there are a time when Squarespace is better than WordPress? 
  • When should you consider a system like Craft CMS over WordPress? 

Come back tomorrow as we take a deeper look at hosted vs. self-hosted solutions and answer the age-old question: why would you self-host if you can pay the same amount of money and have it entirely managed for you?

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