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Beyond Wordpress - Relative Paths Podcast

A man wearing a WordPress t-shirt

Image - Matt Mullenweg

One of the things we often talk about in the podcast is how emotional we can get about the software we use. The devotion we have to tools sometimes makes us look and act a bit like sports team fans. We might initially approach choosing tools will a cool head, but sooner or later we're probably wearing the t-shirt. This fan-like devotion is certainly the case when it comes to WordPress.

WordPress is the most popular CMS by far. Of the top ten thousand websites using a CMS, 38% use WordPress. Many consider it to be the best CMS, but it does have its detractors. Security vulnerabilities, over reliance on third party plugins and the fact that it's primarily a blogging platform are among the most common criticisms. However, no CMS is perfect.

Not only is there no “best CMS” in general; there isn’t even a best CMS for you. All of these tools have drawbacks and shortcomings. Getting the right one means getting one that is the best fit to your scenarios and constraints. But it’s equally important to know the drawbacks. You’re not just committing to the awesome advantages — you’ll always get annoying problems in return.

Adriaan Bloem

I started out using WordPress, but now I use Perch CMS and I think it's brilliant. I'd probably even consider wearing a t-shirt if they did one. Ben, my Relative Paths co-host, uses WordPress and is happy with it. Emily and Lea, our guests, use ExpressionEngine, Statamic and Craft along with others, including occasional WordPress builds.

All CMSs have their strengths and weaknesses. So if we're a huge fan of WordPress, or another CMS and we don't take time to consider other options, we could be denying ourselves the opportunity to find something that works better for us and our clients.

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