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We all know how powerful and versatile WordPress can be. After all, it`s a content management system, with more than 10 years of continuous updates and features implemented and millions of people behind it.
Starting as a blogging platform, WordPress slowly but certainly turned into a veritable CMS over the years.
Most people find it cool, others call it a great CMS, but there are some people which doesn`t find it a proper solution for their projects.
Each web design project is defined by a set of unique characteristics: purpose, size, functionality, audience, etc… and although WordPress can cover many aspects of a website, there are better alternatives to it. I want to present you 3 different approaches at building a website which can overtake the almighty WordPress.
IM Creator – Free Website Builder
Ok, so you want to build a website, maybe for showcasing your work or for presenting your business to the world, but you don`t need all that functionality wrapped into WordPress? Then you should definitely go for an HTML template.
There are plenty of ways to build a HTML static website, but definitely, the fastest way is to use a website builder. IM Creator is a service which puts at your disposal a great visual interface for building a website. You don`t need to be a programmer or a designer though. In just a few steps, you`re guided to the building area, where you can start from scratch or use one of the exclusive templates created by designers. All you need to do is to add your content and you`re good to go. You can build a website and publish it to the world in hours, without the need of any special programming skills.
Pico – File Based CMS
Many people consider that a blog or website require a database. That`s half true, because indeed, a way of having access at functionality like blog posts and comments is to use a database-driven CMS like WordPress. Believe it or not, you don`t need a database to run a blog.
WordPress has the flexibility of a content management system and depends on MySql databases, but it can be very clumsy when it comes to delivering the content with speed. To achieve the speed performance of a static HTML website with WordPress, you need to install a series of plugins, get a better webhost and use external services for content delivery. For this reason, the alternative to traditional CMSs is without a doubt file-based CMSs.
Pico is a very simple and fast flat file CMS. This means there is no administration backend and database to deal with, so this is not for everybody. You do need a few web programming skills in order to get a website running on such a platform, but once you`re up and running, your website will certainly make an impact, at least for the short time that it needs to load.
Ghost – Free Publishing Platform
But what about blogging? Although WordPress started as a blogging platform, it slowly became a content management system and lost a bit from its simplicity and well defined purpose.
There`s a new kid in town, which aims to reboot blogging. Ghost.org is an open source blogging platform which makes writing pleasurable and publishing simple. Ghost allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. Is something like WordPress at its beginnings, but aligned to the latest web design, web programming and user experience trends. It works on themes, like WordPress does, so if you`re used to WordPress, you`ll know how to use Ghost too.
Ghost began as a Kickstarter campaign, raising more than 200K pounds in funds, being pledged and supported by big companies like Envato, Microsoft or WooThemes. It`s a non-profit project, meaning that any money Ghost makes can only ever be used to re-invest in making Ghost better. Keep an eye on it because it plans to reinvent the blogging world!
I like WordPress for its ease of use and the capability of sustaining almost any website purpose, but there are times when WordPress is not the best fit for certain web projects and better alternatives do exist. You just have to dig a bit and find the perfect solution for your website!